“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understand. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? …In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:4,11
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:4
Do you trust God?
Obviously, if you’re not a Christian that’s a silly question, so this is specifically directed at those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ. Do you trust the Lord?
Trust. According to Dictionary.com, among many means, it means “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence” and “a person on whom or thing on which one relies.”
Do you rely on God?
I definitely don’t. In fact, I’m terrible at relying on God. I see Him as all-powerful and all-knowing, but not all-caring, nor interested in my day-to-day life. So when I see stuff that God is “clearly not taking care of,” I step in. Or try to step in.
Yet I am reminded, over and over again, that God calls us to trust Him:
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
‘In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’
But you were unwilling….”
I find it very fascinating (and ironic) that when we stop trusting in God and “take matters into our own hands,” we become even more anxious. At least, this is true in my own life. It’s as though the more I try to handle the situation, the more I realize how much I don’t have a grip on it.
What’s the answer to trusting in God? I don’t know – I’m still learning myself. Sometimes I exceed in this area, and other times I feel like I’m back to chasing after the things in life with my little box of titled “things I control,” in which nothing fits but myself. I do know that when I trust God, I am filled with peace. It becomes easy to rest when your faith is in the God of the Universe, and not yourself.
Right now, I am trusting God. In five minutes I might have forgotten again, but I will continue to return and rest in my God, “in quietness and in trust.” Maybe the reminders will help me to live closer and closer to trusting in Him always.
Do you struggle with trusting in God? How do you remind yourself every day, every moment, to trust in Him?