I have often had people tell me that it is hard for them to trust God. In fact, I have been there myself often lamenting the same thing. Bills need to be paid and the finances just are not there. A job loss or unexpected expense leaves us wondering if God is going to come through. My son is a newly licensed driver and I find myself praying every time he leaves the house that God will watch over him and protect him and yet I still worry. Where is my trust? Have I a misconception of what trust is? Because I have a feeling that it is something more than not worrying over trivial matters.
When I think about all of the ways that I trust daily, I am ashamed at the fact that I find it hard to trust God. Let’s start with the hairdresser. Now, I don’t go to the salon very often so when I do it is usually with someone I don’t know. I trust them to listen to me and cut my hair accordingly. I trust that they know what they are doing and willingly get in the chair while they cut away. I am sure that we have all had to deal with a bad haircut so you know that going to the salon really is an act of trust. But trusting the person who cuts my hair over trusting God is a bit convicting. And I find in God’s word this scripture in Luke 12:7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
What about the level of trust we have when we drive. I often trust that the people who are signaling are going to turn or that the people coming to the intersection are going to stop at the stop sign. When my son was learning to drive, sometimes he would make lane changes based on what he saw in the little side mirror and I would yell from the passenger seat “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” as I slammed on my imaginary foot brake. Psalm 56:3 reminds me When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Have you ever used google maps to get directions on where you are going? I know I have. I also know that I completely trusted the directions a time or two and yet it led me to some scary place where I got lost. Or have you ever planned out your calendar of events, scheduled things and made your own plans only to have them get cancelled or re-directed? Proverbs 16:9 states The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
What about the level of trust we have in our vehicles. I trust that my van is going to start, that I am going to get where I am going and that everything in the vehicle is working properly. I plan my days around that little act of trust and hardly think about it except when it fails me. Again, God’s word reminds me where to put my trust in Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Now here is a big one. What about the level of trust it took when you got married. I met my husband when I was 12 years old and we were married when I was 23. Even after all those years, however, I still had to trust him to love me, to keep his vows, and to never change his mind. I know for a lot of people that doesn’t always work out. Human love is fragile at best. It is always imperfect and to love is an act of trust. But God reminds us in Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
So what can we learn from all of this? Worldly trust is unreliable and inconsistent and too easily given. Biblical trust is something that is deserved. Our God led the Israelites through the Red Sea; our God shut the mouths of lions; He helped David defeat Goliath; He met Daniel’s friends in the midst of a blazing furnace and He gave Peter the experience of walking on water. Instead of thinking of trust as an act we must do for God, I think that trust is a response to God. Trust is a form of worshiping Him for who He is –the one who knows every hair on your head, the one who protects you, the one who guides you, the one who is Lord over your life, the One who loves you like no other. Let’s not trust Him because we think it is what we should do but let’s trust Him because He is worthy.