“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17, NLT).
I have heard more than one anointed minister say these words: “Don’t waste your trials.” That wise advice comes to mind as relevant for the current season in which we find ourselves. What does it mean? Simply this. This trying time is packed full of hidden blessings. Daddy God wants to do some very special things for us right now. One of the most important gifts He has in mind is to move all of our hearts deeper into trust.
Do we trust Him with our future? How much do we trust Him? The following verse is the perfect “Trust-O-Meter” — “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa. 26:3, NKJV). Perfect peace correlates to profound trust. Here’s the inverse: it’s in those places where we aren’t fully trusting that we lack peace. Daddy longs for us to have perfect peace. Therefore, He longs to take us deeper into trust.
Let’s take a look at the above verse from 1 Timothy. Holy Spirit lays out for us a contrast: trusting in money, versus trusting in God. What is the main characteristic He uses to describe money? Unreliable. What is the main characteristic He uses to describe God? He “richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment”. Our Father delights to lavish on us everything we need; not only for our survival, but even for our enjoyment! He delights to see us smile. Truly, such a good, good Daddy is worthy of our trust.
Right now, so many of us are learning the truth of this phrase, “the uncertainty of riches” – at a deeper level perhaps than ever in our lives (1 Tim. 6:17, ESV). Dear one, with all the love of my heart I want to share with you, this is so good for us. It’s during these times that Daddy will use the discomfort of our circumstances to move us so much further into freedom… the freedom of profound trust in Him.
Where does this trust come from? Here we find the answer: “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Ps. 9:10, ESV). It comes from knowing Him; knowing His name. His name is His identity. Knowing His name means becoming intimately familiar with who He is. It means experientially knowing His nature. The closer we walk with Him, the more we experience the goodness of His heart… and the more we come to rest confidently in this absolute truth: “You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
So what does this time of quarantine mean for us? It’s time to get to know Him better. Time to go deeper into His heart. Time to get gloriously free from trusting in money. Time to move into the blissful liberty of unshakable trust in the heart of our infinitely loving Father.
He speaks to our hearts today and He tells us, “No matter what happens in the world’s economy, you belong to Me. You are Mine. I take perfect care of My own, of the ones I cherish beyond possible expression. That, precious child, is you.”
Go deeper into His heart in this season. Trust. Rest. The One who loves you more than His life holds your future in His nail-scarred hands.
Do you have a favorite Scripture that is helping anchor your heart into trust during this quarantine? If so, what is it?