Dogs have always been an important part of my life. As long as I can remember, unless prohibited by policies or laws, I have had a dog in my residence. To this very day, I can visualize each of them.
Three of them, however, had one particular trait in common: if they could not see me or sense my presence, they would become extremely anxious. They would run from one location to another trying to find me; sit under my desk while I worked; lay between me and the door, not wanting me leave without them or wait impatiently and bark or whine if I left home without them. They lived to be with me, and I was their safety and security - their protector, if you will.
The two most familiar verses in Proverbs begin with the word trust. “Trust in the Lord,” writes Solomon. And, this word trust far exceeds what comes to mind when we normally think of having trust in someone. It represents a trust in someone that brings us a deep sense of security, a type of safety that is impenetrable, and a belief that there is no one or no “thing” that can get to us or ever harm us. It is a trust in someone who is much more conscious of our every need and who is completely competent and capable of taking care of us - more so than we are of ourselves.
Life is filled with uncertainties. When we awaken in the morning, we have no guarantee that we will make it home safely or see the sunset. No one has any assurance that their investments will be there when it comes time to retire. We have friends that we thought we could depend on - and then find ourselves abandoned, pleading for help. But trusting in the Lord is different. Why? We have His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you!”
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for granting us Your peace, presence, power, and protection as we travel through life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.