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Trust in the Lord 

Hope in the Lord.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD (Psalm 27:14 KJV+).

Wait for Jehovah (ASV).

Let your hope be in the Lord (BBE).

Trust the LORD! (CEV)

Expect the Lord (DRB).

Hope in Jehovah (LITV).

Wait with hope for the LORD (GW).

Trust in the LORD (GNB).

In a field there was a sparrow’s nest. One evening the farmer came along with his son, as he saw that the crop of sugar cane was ready for harvest, he said, “Son, it is time for harvest. Tomorrow morning take your friends with you and start the work.”

When the babies of the sparrow heard these words, they were very much afraid. “Mother, we have to move from this place as soon as possible!” said one of the baby sparrows. The adult sparrow responded very calmly, “No babies, nothing will happen to us.”

The babies were very much surprised by her response because their nest was built on very strong sugar canes. The sugar cane harvest was the message of destruction for these babies—but their mother sparrow was very content.

The next day the same thing happened; in the evening the farmer came along with his son and said, “So, your friends didn’t come to harvest the sugar canes. Then tomorrow bring your uncle and cousins for the harvest.” The boy responded positively.

Once again the sparrow’s babies were frightened, “Mother now we must flee.” But again the sparrow responded peacefully, “No my babies, don’t panic, the time has not yet come.”

The next morning the situated was repeated, and the crop was the same as usual. That evening the farmer came along with his son and said, “My son Rafiq, I think we should not look for other people to work. Tomorrow you and I will do the harvest.”

When the mother sparrow heard these words, she was very upset. “Let’s go babies, it’s time for us to save our lives, tomorrow we have to leave before the sun rises.”

The next day the sun arose and early in the morning both son and father started the harvest. But before they arrived to work, the sparrow and her babies safely flew away.

Somebody said very beautifully, “All those who depend upon others, while they are alive, they die. It is better to die than to depend on others.”

As long as the farmer was depending upon others, he could not succeed. When he depended upon God and took steps to do the work, then he was successful in achieving his goal.

The Meaning of Hope

Hope means (to have) a desire; to depend upon; to wait on; to wait upon; to wait for; to trust; to expect; to look, and to tarry.

Man lives by hope and he dies with hopelessness. Hope is a waiting; there is a positive element in it;

·        A farmer, after sowing the seed, patiently waits for a fruitful harvest. If he doesn’t have the hope of a good harvest he would have never thought of sowing the seed.

·        A businessman buys a large quantity of a certain product with the hope that he will sell it for a good price and earn a good profit.

Man needs to be hopeful in all circumstances. The whole system of this world depends upon hope. If there is no hope then the whole system will be stagnant within seconds.

But remember, if a person doesn’t take the necessary practical steps then hope in itself is nothing. If we don’t have any practicality then hope is an illusion—it is like making castles in the air or hitting the air. Therefore, a practical step along with hope and waiting, will in fact take us toward our destination.

The people of the world, like that farmer and his son, keep placing their trust or hope in their friends, relatives and siblings. Sometimes they themselves may give false hope to others; they may set aside the project, or delay the real issue.

Thefirst question arises:On whom should we put our hope or in whom should we trust?

The word of God warns us,

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5, KJV+).

It isbetter to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8, KJV+).

In this world there are people who feel themselves safe and protected by trusting others. On the other hand, some individuals trust only themselves, they don’t depend on or trust any other person, nor do they give any preference to God. They claim to work everything by the strength of their own arms. Both of these philosophies are wrong.

The Word of God shows us many times whom we can trust, depend upon, and place our hope in. The prophet David wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD (Psalm 27:14 KJV+).

We must trust, wait upon, depend and hope upon God. We must have faith, trust and hope upon His word and unchanging promises.

The second question arises: Why should we trust in the Lord only?

Seeing his days aredetermined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day (Job 14:5-6, KJV+).

Is there any person upon whom we can trust with our whole heart, soul, spirit, mind, strength and understanding? Indeed; that person is the one and only God almighty. We must trust Him, always.

Why? Because…

·        He is our Creator

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I amthe LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself (Isaiah 44:24, KJV+)

I amthe LORD, and there isnone else, there isno God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me (Isaiah 45:5, KJV+).

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I amthe LORD; and there isnone else (Isaiah 45:18, KJV+)

·        Our lives are in his hands

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1, KJV+)

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we arehis people, and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3, KJV+).

·        He is Omniscient and Almighty

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things arenaked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13, KJV+)

Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes areopen upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 32:19, KJV+)

Who isthis King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8, KJV+)

·        He is Unchanging and the Same

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which areborne by mefrom the belly, which arecarried from the womb:  And even to yourold age I amhe; and evento hoar hairs will I carry you:I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you (Isa 46:3, 4 KJV+)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb 13:8, KJV+).

God never let down His people at any cost. All our relatives and contacts may forsake us at some point in our lives. But our God never abandons us. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5, KJV+).

God said to Moses,

… certainly I will be with thee (Exodus 3:12, KJV+).

This also means that wherever you may go, My presence will also go with you.

Without hesitation we can trust Him because He doesn’t turn away from his promises. He is true   and faithful. His promises are solid, concrete, and true. He never moves nor changes. He is above all and He is the supreme God. He is the Most High God. He is Alpha and Omega.

God’s intentions, plans and thoughts are always beautiful and best for us. He will do whatever is the most profitable, useful, and best for us. He always has mercy on us.

The word Mercy is Rahum in Urdu. The womb of the mother is also Rahum. God’s mercy is like the womb of a mother. The mother’s womb carries her baby for nine months, even if the baby is sick, physically or mentally handicapped. She does not demand anything from the baby. She may go through the worst kind of circumstances but she fully cares for and carries the baby.

The mercy (Rahum) of God is greater than the womb (Rahum) of a mother. We are His craftsmanship. He is never happy when we lose but He always thinks for our betterment. That is why we should not trust others, or ourselves, but we must only trust the Lord.

Now the third question arises: Can we trust someone whom we do not know?

Can I trust a person with whom I have no relationship? Can I trust the president of my country although he does not know me?

Please remember, the person of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only channel through which I can know God personally and by which God can know me personally.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12, KJV+).

In a real sense only that person can trust God who knows him personally.

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him (Joh 1:18 KJV+)

The Lord Jesus Christ claimed,

…  I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6, KJV+).

The person who trusts on the person of God alone is the one who comes in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who believes in his name, who comes under his cross, confesses his sins and asks forgiveness, and forsakes his sinful living. Consequently, that person’s relationship with the Father is restored; God the Holy Spirit, as a helpmate, resides in his heart.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:14-15, KJV+).

Dearly beloved when we trust on Jesus Christ and believe in Him then we are joined together with God the Father in a very personal and deep relationship. Then in this situation, in a real sense, we can trust in God with boldness, joy, and confidence.

God Almighty, the Creator and owner of the universe, makes us His sons and daughters. Then trusting in God becomes our top priority.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

May our Lord grant us the grace to do so!

Amen.

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