Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)
Our anchor still holds.
Experience tells us that we can trust certain things to be true. After the sunset at Sylvan Beach, we decided to stay anchored to the sandy bottom of the lake, while the other boats, one by one left for their home ports. We heard thunder and saw the lightening in the distant sky, yet we decided to weather the storm while anchored out.
I went to bed uneasy about the anchor. Would it keep us in our spot? Even though experience has proven over and over that being moored to an anchor is safe. (We also have an anchor alarm, if we do start to drift.) But neither experience nor the alarm kept me from waking in the middle of the night wondering if we had drifted out to the middle of the lake or inched toward the shore.
The storm passed us by, leaving a gentle rain pattering on our boat off and on all night. In the morning, we woke up in the spot, which we anchored at the night before. Experience proved true.
I would think by know I would trust the anchor, but each time I have to experience its security before I praise its abilities.
Not unlike my trust relationship with God. I know He is good, faithful, loving, just and holy—but I have to experience His goodness, faithfulness, love, etc to affirm my faith over and over again. And each time that I trust and acknowledge Him, my faith deepens and His character remains trustworthy.
Experience secures my heart to the LORD, whom I trust.