/trəst/ verb: believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.
synonyms: rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of
Shouldn’t trusting God come naturally to Christians? I sometimes think this and want it to be true. I belong to God; shouldn’t it follow that I trust him with what’s already his . . . me? At seven years old, I answered God’s tug on my heart, proclaiming to my parents, my church, and my own heart that Jesus is the best. Wasn’t I saying yes to trusting him forever, like a one and done kind of thing?
But some days, trusting God – with my today, with my tomorrows, with my finances, with my marriage, with my unborn baby, with every part of my life – seems so much easier than others. If I’m being honest, trusting God seems easy when life seems easy. But am I really trusting him in those times, or am I just relying on myself because it seems like I can handle things, all the while pretending that’s what trusting God looks like? (Of course that’s an illusion – I can never really “handle things” on my own.)
It’s in the challenging seasons when trusting God gets real. That’s when we lean into him, stare at his beautiful face because we don’t have the strength to look anywhere else, and see the grace he shows in giving us another breath.
I’ve had a song on repeat lately called “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells. The chorus goes like this: “On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there / In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there / When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own / When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone / You’re the God of the hills and valleys . . . and I am not alone.”
I love these words. Whether we’re in the middle of the best time in our life or the hardest, we’re standing in God’s grace, and his grace is enough.
For me, this season of change is both a challenge and a joy, and so some days I feel like I’m looking out on top of a mountain and others I’m tiptoeing through a dark, cold valley. (The pregnancy hormones also may have something to do with these feelings.) I have this brand new opportunity to explore a new city, make new friends, become a part of a new church community, make a new home, and learn what it looks like to be productive without a job. It’s so exciting and so terrifying. And it’s much more exciting than terrifying when I choose to trust God. Here are a few verses from the Bible about trusting God. (All verses from ESV translation)
On Trusting God
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26.4
“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.’” Isaiah 30.15
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3.5
“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16.20
“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Proverbs 29.25
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37.5
On God’s Trustworthiness
We’ve established the command to trust God. Here are some verses that describe God as trustworthy.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41.10
“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19.7
“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” Psalm 111.7
What about you? Do you find it difficult at times to trust God? What does it look like for you to trust God today?