(First published in 2016.)
Are you trusting God?
If you had asked me last week if I was trusting God in painful places, I probably would have said, “Yes” without much hesitation. I mean God has taken me through some lengthy trust-testing trials that have demanded a lot of me and my family. No doubt about it. But recently, God challenged that ready “Yes” response.
You see, it’s easy to say we trust God until the life of a loved one is on the line.
All week, I’ve been a mess over some awful circumstances hanging over a loved one. Many mornings, I’ve awakened to wave upon wave of fear-soaked adrenaline surging through my first semi-conscious thoughts. It has been a battle to get through each day without my mind submerged in the fear, grief, and pain of the situation.Sometimes God calls us beyond formulaic answers to deeper levels of faith and trust. Click To Tweet
What Trust Means
So today I’m learning — from scratch, it feels like — what trusting God means:
- Trust releases loved ones into God’s care. It allows God to provide what they need, when and how they need it. It allows Him to shape and grow them, to conform them to Christ. Trust allows them to suffer.
Trust is letting go —
— of control, anger, fear, and outcomes. Trust submits to God’s sovereign rule over souls and circumstances. It leads us to surrender our most beloved “possessions” because they belong to Him.
- Trust rests in the truth that God has a plan and He’s powerful enough to fulfill it. Trust rests in the truth that God has a plan and He's powerful enough to fulfill it. Click To Tweet Trust is restful sleep and a peaceful spirit. It welcomes tears but banishes worry. Trust grows more trust. More peace. More rest.
- Trust believes — to a gut settling level — that He’s “got this.”
Because He does.
- Trust takes the teeth out of trials because it prays, hopes, and rejoices in the certainty that God is good, just, and faithful.
- Trust doesn’t wake up gasping in fear and it doesn’t walk around in worry.
- Trust is a gift from a wise God who knows that trust is most powerful when it is most needed.
- Trust is transcendent because the God who inspires it is transcendent. It knows that God reigns and works from an aerial view and an eternal timeline, so it accepts His justice and expects His mercy.
- Trust glorifies God because it acknowledges His compassion, love, and faithfulness.
- Trust blesses God’s heart because it honors His Name.
And it inspires those around us to do the same.
I’m beginning to learn what trusting God means. Today if you asked me about my trust in God, my response would be different. Instead of that ready, “Yes,” you’d hear, “I’m learning . . .”
Question: What about you? What or whom will you trust God with today?
Featured image courtesy of Bekah Russom.