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Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart

 

Several years ago I was listening to a high school age young man practicing his sermon for a youth event with his church. His theme scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

The young man’s example of trust was his alarm clock. He trusted it to wake him up in time for school. Every night he went to sleep without worrying about whether or not he would be able to catch the bus on time because he trusted his alarm clock would keep doing its job.

God is far more faithful and trustworthy than an alarm clock, but we don’t always trust God.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9

We KNOW that God is faithful. He has given us a covenant (a contract, an agreement) of his love. Unlike humans, God will never break a covenant or contract. In fact, saying He keeps this covenant of love to 1,000 generations is a symbolic way of saying He will keep it indefinitely.

…if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” 1 Timothy 2:13

Even when we break our promises, even when we aren’t faithful God is still faithful. Unlike an alarm clock which may run out of power,  God’s faithfulness never fails.

As I listened to that young man speak I kept having more examples of misplaced trust pop into my head. I thought about how we trust food processing companies to only sell things that are safe and healthy. I thought about how we trust pharmaceutical companies to only develop drugs that will help us and not harm us. I thought about how we trust government agencies to adequately test all new medicines, all new food additives, all new technologies before letting them be used in our homes. We trust man made flavorings and colors. We trust bioengineered food. We trust that government ideas and policies and mandates are really in our best interest.

We place our trust in all kinds of things that may or may not be deserving of trust.

It’s time for the alarm clock to sound! It’s time to place our trust in the One who created us, the One who knew us before we were even born.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest on the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.‘” Psalm 91:1-2

It’s time for us to stand up and declare “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”

I am spending some of my social-distancing-isolation-quarantine time diving into God’s word. I am also praying more and learning more about Christian meditation. Even though I have been reading the Bible for probably 50 years (it’s weird to realize that!) I am still learning new things, discovering new things, and I’m eager to read and study more each day!  I used to think I knew a lot about the Bible, but now I am realizing how much I still have to learn!

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8

It is no surprise that trusting God is good for your body as well as your soul. When we start trusting God we can stop worrying about everything and trying to manage everything ourselves and instead we can give our cares and worries to God!

What amazing freedom and relief from stress that is! To be free from worry!

Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

I pray you can find time with your family in the next few days to read these scriptures together and talk about them. One of the blessings of having to stay home is all of the opportunities parents and children have to talk about anything and everything!

Questions to ask yourself and your kids:

  1. What do we trust in every day?
  2. When have we made a promise? Did you keep the promise or did you break it?
  3. What things do we worry about?
  4. Bonus questions – can you name other covenants that are common today?
  5. Bonus questions – how long is a generation? how many years is 1,000 generations?

Enjoy spending time talking with your family. I also hope you are cooking together as a family too!

3 Reasons to Rethink Trust

Everyday we put our trust in things. We trust the coffeemaker to come on when we add coffee and flip the switch.  We trust the stoplights to function properly so some people have to stop while others can go. We trust our car to get us where we need to go. But sometimes we trust in the wrong things. We trust in the front of the cereal box to tell us the truth. We trust in government regulatory agencies to make decisions that are in our best interest. We trust in pharmaceutical and biotech companies to adequately test their products.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Struck a chord with me last year and I began mulling all of this over. The scriptures say this:    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

We are trusting in the wrong things. When we spend our money on something as essential to the life and health of our family as our food we cannot blindly trust companies who are “wise in their own ways”.

There is no government regulation on the words “all natural” and anyone can use them.  Farmers can spray pesticides, herbicides and use crops genetically modified to produce their own pesticide within the whole plant including the part we eat. Food processors can spray fumigants, solvents and other toxins on the ingredients. They can add a dozen different kinds of highly processed sugar and rancid oils, but as long as they originally came from something natural, even though it’s GMO, then it can be called natural on the label.

The government makes laws that appear to protect us such as the one requiring trans fats to be labeled, but then they allow the food processing companies to exploit the loopholes. So we can have a label that says “0g of trans fat” when a quick look at the ingredients reveals partially and fully hydrogenated oils, mono- and di-glycerides which are all trans fats. According to Fooducate “if the amount of trans-fat in a product is less than half a gram per serving, manufacturers can round it down to 0. But even 0.49g or trans-fat is bad for you. And don’t even get us started on the actual consumption versus the tiny serving size.”

Our current Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA, Michael Taylor, held the job as public policy adviser for GMO biotech giant Monsanto before taking the office with the FDA. Now he is in charge of approving drugs and foods that come from his former employer. This happens a lot.  Researchers for biotech companies submit scientific reports for review by the FDA and then, before the review happens, they get hired by the FDA and end up reviewing their own research for approval.

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a view inside my freezer

I want to have “health for my body and nourishment for my bones” like the verses in Proverbs proclaim. One way I am doing this is by trusting God’s real food over the packaged and altered foods lining many grocery store shelves. When you look in my pantry, my deep freeze, my refrigerator you won’t see many processed foods at all. Most everything is just a single ingredient such as frozen blueberries, sprouted organic cornmeal, grassfed ground beef, or raw almonds ready to be processed into something to eat by my own hands. When I do buy processed foods I am careful to read the ingredient list not trusting the manufacturer’s claims. I use smartphone apps like Find Real Food and Fooducate.   These help me identify if something has hidden GMOs or MSG or anything else that’s not real.

It is my prayer that many more people can become aware of the dangers of misplaced trust as it relates to the food our families eat. I have only scratched the surface with what I’ve written here today. I hope to explore more on this topic in future blogs. I’d also love to hear what you are doing to trust in the Lord with all your heart as you go about your daily life! Please leave me a comment below!

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A farmer trusting the honesty of his customers “please put money in box”

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