“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Every attribute that God commands the Christian to have has its own enemy. For instance, the enemy of faith is doubt. The enemy of charity is selfishness. The enemy of Christian service is laziness. The Devil always offers an enemy for whatever the LORD wants the Christian to do or perform.
God says in the verse above, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart…” This verse shows that God doesn’t just desire unwavering trust in Him, but He demands it. The reason the LORD demands unwavering trust is because you cannot live by faith without trust the God in whom you have placed your faith. It takes a total trust in God to live by faith, and you will never have the complete trust to live by faith until you trust Him with all your heart. When you consider that God wants complete trust, you will understand that there are some enemies for which you must beware. Let me show you these enemies of trust.
The first enemy of trust is a need to have clarity for the future. Trust understands that it doesn’t need to know the future to trust the One Who holds it. You will never follow the paths in which the LORD is directing you without a total trust that He knows where those paths lead. Trust doesn’t need to know where the LORD’s paths lead because it knows that He has already designed and walked those paths.
The second enemy of trust is wisdom. Verse 7 commands the Christian not to be “wise in thine own eyes.” You must be careful about not confusing human reasoning with God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom doesn’t always agree with human wisdom. Just because you think you know doesn’t mean that you know more than the LORD. There will be times when the LORD is going to ask you to trust Him when what He wants you to trust Him in doesn’t agree with your wisdom.
The third enemy of trust is the fear of failure. Many people stop trusting the LORD because they are afraid that they might fail. You have to understand that faith doesn’t always guarantee your success. Many of the saints of old never saw their trust rewarded while they were alive, but their trust was founded to be correct after they died. You will never have an unwavering trust in the LORD if you are afraid of failure.
The fourth enemy of trust is success. What if God’s plan for you is what you perceive as failure; are you willing to trust Him? Pride causes many people not to trust the LORD because they want to be considered successful. You will notice that many in the Scriptures trusted the LORD even though they were considered failures in the eyes of mankind. Elijah, Noah, Abraham and many others would have been considered total failures, but they were the victors in the end because of their trust in the LORD. If you must always succeed to trust the LORD, you will never totally trust Him because He often asks you to do things that won’t be considered an immediate success.
The fifth enemy of trust is apathetic commitment. God says to trust Him with “all” your heart. If you are going to trust the LORD and see the blessings of trust, you are going to have to be all in for Him. To trust the LORD with all your heart means there must be a total sacrifice of self to make this happen. You will never experience the blessings of total trust until you die to self to trust the LORD.