Trust. I know what I should know about trusting God. I’ve memorized verses, experienced His awesome working, and have even taught on the subject. But as of late I’ve found myself unsure. Unsure of the path I will take, unsure of decisions I will soon need to make, unsure of relationships and opportunities. And being unsure is the expressway to worry; which is the active mistrust of God. That is what I am worried about: living my life in a way that does not trust God. Things will work out, one way or another, for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Yes, I know that, but do I believe it?
What does it mean to trust? Some dictionary definitions…
A reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing. Confident expectation. A charge, obligation, or responsibility placed upon a person in whom confidence is placed.
Those were informative and gave us a good foundation for our study. And if you look close you’ll see the first lesson. Trust is always connected or aimed at something or someone. So the definition of trust cannot be detached from its object. But we can take it one step further. The value of your trust is worth only as much as the object it is placed in.
I read/heard this once before and it has stuck with me ever since. If you put your trust in a rickety old car, it doesn’t matter how much trust you have, that car will not be any more reliable. If you get into a relationship with someone who loves to cheat, it doesn’t matter if you swear on your life that they are trustworthy, you’ll be disappointed because your trust has been misplaced.
But it is different with God. By trusting Him we are saying there are records and testimony of his integrity, of his strength, of his ability, and of his surety. We have a confident expectation in the Word of God and in the person of God it describes to us. Trusting in God transfers responsibility, not that we are taken off the hook; but by God’s grace we are shown how little control we truly have over our lives. Surrendering that responsibility means admitting that God is the one orchestrating events.
“…and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.”