Trusting someone else requires risk. It would be nice to say, “I trust you,” and be done. But trust is not trust without an action to follow it up.
Sure, we can say we trust someone. We can tell them, write it down, shout it from the rooftop, but until it’s put to the test, it’s not trusting. It’s an unexecuted contract. A parachute sitting on the ground.
There’s an exercise people sometimes do to demonstrate the act of trusting others. It’s called the “Trust Fall.” A person stands with his back to his friends, or, sometimes, the person stands elevated on a chair or a table. That one requires a bit more trust. And then the person falls backwards, trusting his friends to catch him when he falls.
A lot of times, if the person is standing on the floor, their knees will bend slightly, and they’ll step back to catch themselves. That’s not trusting. Falling straight back with abandon illustrates what trust looks like.
It requires a person to let go of their abilities and trust someone else’s. It’s easy to say but harder to do.
You would think trusting God would be easy. Part of the fear in trust is that the other person won’t be strong enough to measure up to their side of things. God can always measure up. He’s all-powerful and all-knowing. There’s nothing he can’t do. Yet, trusting him often trips us. It points to the heart of our beliefs.
I think the unknown makes it hard. We agree with trust as long as we can see it working its way out, as long as it looks good. But if things don’t look good or there’s no way of knowing, then we falter.
I’ve trusted God with a struggle and then watched as things got worse instead of better. That is not a calm place to be. We want to trust God’s promises and feel safe. We expect guarantees in our trusting.
The only guarantee we receive, though, is God. He loves us, and He cares. So, no matter how dire things may look or how impossible a situation appears, God is enough.
Trusting God may mean quitting a job or starting one. It could bring us to the mountaintop or through a valley. It might save our life, or it could mean we may lose our life.
It’s hard to say what real trust will look like for each person, except that it is always the right way to go. We fail if we only trust ourselves. Others won’t provide the answers and help we need. Ultimately, our trust must be outside ourselves and others and in God Almighty.
He may use others, or even ourselves, to show us what to do. That’s how He works. And trust helps us see that.
The following verses speak about trusting God in many situations. Take a few minutes and reflect on what it means.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion… For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
Psalms 118:8 – 118:9
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.”
“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
“In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”
“They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”
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