Trust In You
Trust seems to be hard to come by these days. People don’t seem to trust their leaders. They’ve seen too many of them with feet of clay, and tend to look at them with a jaundiced eye, doubting their motives, sincerity, and ability to lead. Even favorite restaurants and food brands have failed us by not giving consistent quality and cleanliness, leading to illness, even death for consumers. Science tells us something is bad for us one day, then says “never mind” the next. We have good reason to be cynical about the institutions of man.
On a more personal level, many of us have experienced betrayal by someone close to us, who thoughtlessly or intentionally broke trust with us. It can take a long time to restore trust in a relationship once it is broken. It may even be impossible to mend, depending on the severity of the breach, and the attitude of both the betrayer and the one betrayed. Trust is a very fragile, and must be treated with special care and high respect. We should value people who have earned our trust, and not take them for granted. And we should work diligently to be people who others can find trustworthy.
Trust is essential in our relationship with God. Many of us learned the verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6). Our trust in God isn’t meant to be casual or tentative, but whole-hearted. After all, if we don’t trust in Him, how will we have confidence that His understanding is better than ours and His guidance for the direction of our lives is best for us—in the life and next? Everything in that verse hinges on our trust in God.
The Lord has a tendency to regularly test us in the area of trusting Him. Sometimes it is a big thing, like when He tested Abraham about his son Isaac. But others times it is a daily kind of trust, such as when the Israelites had to gather only enough manna for each day’s need, and trust God to supply again the next day. Anyone who tried to hedge their bets about God’s faithfulness and take more manna than they needed for one day met with a rather stinky consequence for their lack of trust. What are some of the big ways God has called on you to trust Him, and what are some of the daily ways in your own life?
You may notice that there is a strong theme of obedience bound up in the idea of trust. When God speaks (either through His word or His Spirit), we trust that His word is true, and act upon that faith in Him. We have faith that obedience to His word will work out for good, either in this world or the next, based on our trust in God, Himself. So our response to His voice is a good indicator of our level of trust in Him. Do we obey immediately? Do we try to argue with Him, “God, you really didn’t mean THAT, did You…or at least You didn’t mean it for me?” Do we make excuses not to obey, or just disregard His word through fear, or stubbornness? Whenever we let fear keep us from obeying God we are saying, “I don’t trust You, God.” That may not come from our lips, but our disobedience speaks it plainly.
The anthem mentions times when God doesn’t come through for us the way we desire Him to. He doesn’t part the water or move the mountain. He doesn’t give us that job we want, or cure a loved one of his or her illness. When He doesn’t “behave” as we think He should, do we still trust in Him? That’s really the essence of such tests.
When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, my grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. The Grandma I knew had left us mentally LONG before her body let go, even though I pleaded for her release for years. She lingered so long that I despaired of praying—what was the use? But I remember one day when I was struggling with faith in this matter, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the verse, “To whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). And I realized that it came down to that—He may not have given me what I so desperately prayed for, but He is still God and Savior. His words are eternal. His character is unshakeable. His love is unfathomable—and the circumstance was meant for love for me in the midst of my hurt, and for my diseased-ravaged grandmother, though it was not something I could understand this side of heaven.
There is an old saying that is so very true: When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart. He does make our path lead through some dark valleys, which isn’t pleasant, and can leave us confused. But if we never faced such dire circumstances would we ever learn to trust? If we were never in uncertainty, would His guidance be as comforting? He allows us grief so He will be our solace. All of these things are intended to teach us we can trust in Him—not just for how He comes through, but for who He is.
So if you are finding yourself with unparted waters and unmoved mountains, turn to Him in trust. He is the most trustworthy Being in the universe. It is the highest form of worship when our faith reaches out to Him when sight cannot discern a reason, except a trust in who He is. Trust Him!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries