Trusting in the Lord

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Trusting in the Lord

Let’s start with a verse that we usually hear near Christmas…it is Luke 2:11 which says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  When Jesus is first introduced to the shepherds, the angel of the Lord made sure to give Jesus two titles: Savior and Lord.  

Many people love the idea of Savior.  As Savior, Jesus dies on the cross for our sins and takes the penalty of the wrath of God on behalf of his people.  It’s wonderful to have a Savior who will stand in your place to incur the consequences of our own sinfulness.

But as this text says, Jesus is not only Savior, he is Lord.  And as Lord, that means that he now reigns in our hearts and lives.  And as Lord, Jesus doesn’t just rule part of our lives, he wants to rule all of our lives.  Too often, we tend to compartmentalize our lives, even as we trust the Lord. We say, “Lord, I’ll trust you with this part of my life, but not with all of my life.”  

In our text today from Proverbs, the Bible says in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (emphasis added).  By “all your heart,” the Bible teaches us not to compartmentalize our lives with God; rather, we should lay everything we are – our hopes, dreams, anxieties, family, work, health, education, habits, recreations – and everything else we have at his feet and trust him with all of it.  

You see, in the Lordship of Jesus, God doesn’t want part of us, he wants all of us.  

The angel taught us from the very beginning…you can’t have Jesus as Savior without having him as Lord.  He is both. And as Lord, God calls us to trust him in all things.

 

Pastor Adam Mumpower