Dear Jesus

Trust is like a staff you can lean on as you journey uphill with Me. If you trust in Me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed.

Dear Jesus, I find this teaching very comforting, since my journey seems to be more uphill than down. I love the idea of having something I can lean on as much as I need: a trust-staff. I confess there are many other things I tend to lean on in tough times, but not one of them is sufficient to bear the full weight of my neediness. Help me turn away from these inadequate supports and turn toward You—through trust.

Beloved, it’s good that you want to turn away from your deficient supports. Not only will they let you down eventually, but they can become idolatrous. I’m delighted that you desire to turn toward Me through trust. If you want your trust-staff to support you adequately, you must lean on Me consistently. Don’t wait till you’re in desperate straits! Turn to Me before the mighty waters of trouble engulf you.

You said that more of your journey is uphill than down. That is as it should be. Ultimately, you are on a highway to heaven. Though there are many ups and downs along the way, the overall gradient is upward. I am in the process of transforming you—preparing you for an eternity of living face to Face with Me. Do not expect easy conditions on such a high-reaching adventure. But do expect Me to support you all the way to heaven. Lean on, trust, and be confident in Me with all your heart and mind!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
~ Proverbs 3:5

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
~ Psalm 32:6 

Then they returned . . . strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 
~ Acts 14:21–22

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