5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
We are supposed to trust God. Right? That’s what we read, hear, that’s what Sunday school was all about. But what does that actually mean, and what does it look like?
Trusting in salvation:
Firstly, we have trusted God with our salvation. That’s what is different about Christianity. Religion talks about god and the way to god; in Christianity, they are the same thing. God gave Himself as the way back to Him. We add nothing to the exchange but our acceptance. That is why the gospel is good news. God has made a way. We can be at peace with God because of His sacrifice.
We trust God for our rightstanding with God. So, it’s probably fair to also trust Him for everything else.
Trusting in who He is:
Trusting God comes from knowing what He is like. We trust in Him, litterally. Understanding His promises and His character. The more we get to know Him, the more we will trust Him as we see who He is and what He has done. This requires effort. Like every relationship, you have to put in some intention to get to know the person. That’s what the Bible is for. It is the story of God and His plan to make a way for everyone to come back to Him. Get to know it, learn the story, meet the characters, memorise the promises, and marvel at the sacrifice Jesus made to make that possible for you and me.
Once we get to know God trusting Him becomes easier. However, our pride and pull towards self-reliance can often get in the way. Trusting God doesn’t happen by default, it is an intentional act. We have to choose to do it. It is not a passive act but an active one. It needs to be done deliberately and consistently and time and time again. Naturally, we will start to put our trust in other things but we must always be conscious of that and return to God.
Trusting in something trustworthy:
Trusting God can become harder as we get more accomplished. For example, it is ‘easier’ to trust God when you are young, single, and have no money. The necessity can make it simpler to trust; you have no other option. As we start to grow up, however, get jobs, homes, families, we become a little more self-reliant. Now, it is important to be responsible and it is noble to provide for and look after our families but we must not allow our trust to be placed there.
Trust can make or break anyone. Properly placed it can be a constant source of strength and security; wrongly place and it can bring destruction and pain. An educated man may trust in his degree. A rich man may trust in his wealth. A healthy man may trust in his strength. A wise man, however, knows only to trust in God – even when he is educated, wealthy, and strong. The equation is simple. Have no money, trust God. Have all the money, trust God. Our trust must be placed in something – or someone – trustworthy. Everything should be trusted according to it’s worth and He who created and called you is at the top of that one-item list.