We sing about it. We talk about it. We use the word all the time – ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. Only Trust Him. Simply Trusting. Trust and Obey. Trust in the Lord. I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus. I Trust in God.
But why do we find it so hard to actually live it on a daily basis?
We trust God for our eternal salvation, to take us to heaven someday, but we have such a hard time trusting Him for our day-to-day needs. For protection from the storms. For provision when the wallets are moth-eaten and the bank accounts are almost empty. For direction when our paths are muddy and the light has slipped over the horizon. For strength when our energy is gone, our minds are befuddled by weariness, and our bodies are giving out from exhaustion.
We sing about it enough. It ought to be in the forefront of our minds. Not just when we face trouble, but all the time. On bad days and good days. In sorrows and joys.
Trust Him with everything. Let Him have your passions and desires. Let Him have your worries and concerns. He knows all of it anyway. He planned it all before you were even conceived. So why do we worry? Why do we try to take control in our own hands, when His hands are the ones that carry us and sustain us? Why do we think the worst is always going to happen, when God has told us straight out that He will not withhold anything that is good from us? Why do we think we know our needs better than the One who created us?
Trust Him. He has promised to lead us, to care for us, to be our rock and our refuge, to light our paths, to overwhelm us with His love and joy and peace. But first, we must trust Him. Actively trust Him. Not just words, not a magic formula or special mantra, but a heart attitude. A way of life. Choosing to trust Him, day by day and minute by minute.
Trust Him, and He will richly bless you. Maybe not with money or fame or power, but with Himself. What great gift is there than the very presence of God with us? What greater than being literally overflowing with His peace and joy? Being wrapped up in His love? Finding a steadfast refuge in Him? Knowing the smile of His pleasure?
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
but our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
but is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.
(Trust and Obey, John H. Sammis)