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Horse on a bridgeRomans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at trust from a horse’s perspective, and then apply that perspective to relationships in our life including our relationship with the Lord.

Trust is the foundation of a strong relationship between a rider and their horse.  Without trust the relationship is empty and we really have nothing.  Your horse must trust you and you must trust your horse.  Building that trust takes time.

We build trust in a horse by being consistent, patient, gentle, yet firm with our actions.   Horses need consistency in their life and that consistency must come from us.

That mutual trust built between a horse and its handler parallels relationships in our lives.  Trust works both ways and must be mutual for a relationship to build and grow over time.  

Have you ever been in a relationship where you could not trust the other person, or they did something to lose your trust?   Or, for some reason someone felt that they could not trust you?  It is difficult to move the relationship forward.  

Thinking of the trust between a horse and its handler reminds me of how important it is for me to put complete trust in the Lord.  When I trust in Him for my daily needs, I seem to hear Him so clearly and am more able to follow his lead.  When that trust is absent, my direction seems random and lost.

Proverbs 3: 5-6
  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.

Most of us at some point in our walk have gone to that place where you just wanted to do God’s will.  We may have even, in your prayer time, ask God to show you His will for your life?  Then, you get a slight urge to do something that is completely off your radar or what you think you should be doing?   If you are walking in faith, and seeking a relationship with the Lord, that urge is probably Him prompting you to go in a direction in your life.  He will open and close doors directing you and making your paths straight.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself to the Lord;  and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Does that mean He will give you everything you desire, or does it mean that his desires for your life will become your own?  I believe that as my relationship and trust grows in the Lord and as I delight in Him, my hearts desires become what he desires for me.

Question…have you come to a place where you trust God for guidance in all areas of your life?  Are there areas in your life that you have not come to trust the Lord to guide your steps?  Are you a person who can be trusted?

Trust is the foundation of every relationship in your life.