Who is this Jamin guy anyway?
I am the husband of one and the father of nine. I was created to sing, to worship, to encourage, and to be steady. I am the Owner & Executive Director of Trinity Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary Arts Center in Eastern Tennessee, and the President of Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on funding arts education and performance. I've been involved with four music projects in my life -- Hot Pink Turtle, Spin Radio, Stand Like Stone, and of course, Jamin Rathbun.

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Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.

How do we know we can trust Him?

As far as I can tell, there's only one way... We need to give him control. Not partial control, not token control but -- absolute control. We have to put our lives in His hands. We have to to absolutely depend on Him.

That's hard to do. It's hard to let go of the reigns that keep your bills paid, and your family fed, and your savings account full.

And you know what? It doesn't always feel good. It doesn't necessarily fill you with overwhelming trust and peace. In fact, there are times when it creates tension and stress. For me, I think, that's part of the process of trusting God... Staying the course when it feels like things are slipping beyond my control. Trusting Him when I'm having difficulty seeing how He's going to come through this time.

Notice I said "this time." That's one of the keys to this whole trust issue.

In my life, I can't always see where God is taking me right now but -- looking back after 6 months or after a year... I can almost always see God's hand in my life. I can see how He has provided in ways that defy logic and reasonable explanation.

God has been good to me.

Here are a couple more passages that come to mind...

Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

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

This topic of trust brings up another point which I think is worth mentioning... That trust is about more than just God's tangible provision for our "daily bread", but that He is also our only hope for salvation, redemption, and righteousness.

Our failure to trust God with finances, with career choices, with scheduling decisions, with choosing our spouse, with having (or not having) children, and a host of other life issues speaks to our lack of trust in Him.

What other word is there for this failure than hypocrisy? Don't you think that the world sees that what we say and what we do are different? Don't you think our kids see? Our wives see? Our friends and coworkers see? One final passage that speaks to this...

Romans 9:30-33
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone." As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

The one who trust in Him will never be put to shame.

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