What is trust?

3 May

How is it that after many years of having put my trust in God, I still find myself needing to learn to trust him? In scripture, the answer is very simple: “whatever is not from faith is sin,” (Romans 14:23b NKJV). In daily life, many arguments and what-ifs fog the clear path set before us. Each difficult situation we face has its own battery of objections, fears, and save-face actions to deal with. The simplest response to tough situations (trust in the Lord) becomes the hardest in the face of how our peers and family interpret our action or inaction.

Things trust is not or at least not intended to be:

1. Fatalistic. Trusting is not as passive as it may appear to be to others. My resume must be one of the top ones for bizarre. In fact, I remember telling the Lord that very thing once. I was amazed at the job I had. It seemed like a perfect fit for me, but I looked back and wondered how I got there. The day I gave Jesus the say over where I worked (that meant sometimes prayerfully waiting things out with no effort to find work on my part), my employment record showed no natural progression. Contacts simply littered the page. During those years, I was called lazy, unrealistic, among other things. People gave me the “duh” look when they asked if I expected God to just drop a job in my lap. At one point, I was ready to give up and give in to flight. Thankfully God stopped me (and did drop a job in my lap). Oh, in answer to my question to God, he showed me how a little bit of each job I had filled in the past taught me something that caused me to excel in the one I had when I asked.

Sometimes it may feel or look like waiting for God’s answer is waiting for fate to show up. It’s not. In fact, such an attitude can delay God’s hand. Trust is being active in knowing who it is you are leaning on.

2. Pollyanna. For those too old to remember the Disney movie or the story it was based on, Pollyanna is a term for an attitude or person who always sees good no matter the circumstances. It would be the bride who fell into stagnant water and announces her bouquet still smells fresh and sweet…who wants to catch it? Trust in God maintains a quiet confidence in the face of tragedy that he is still in control. A conviction that he still has you in the palm of his hand. It is what enabled David to turn from travail to praise in Psalm 6:6-10 “I am weary with my groaning. All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. 7 My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies. 8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer. 10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly,” (NKJV). David was not afraid nor ashamed to be honest with God. His servants and family observed his struggles. But his trust in God kept him. He knew the deepest pits with God was better than the highest peaks without him.

3. Karma. The literal definition is: “the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence.” Its more common use refers to a force that retributes a person’s action or their attitudes, as in they have bad karma. I hear people state that they will let karma (or hope karma will) give back to someone the bad they dump on someone else. It’s funny, but usually those who trust in karma are the same ones to doubt God’s existence or at least his involvement in individual lives and circumstances. Some may even say they’ve tried God and it didn’t work. But trust in God includes good things happening to bad perpetrators. Oh, did you think praying for your enemies meant praying that God would humble them with destruction? His perfect knowledge can accomplish far greater results than our limited view. It’s time to trust him…again.

The hard part about trusting is that we don’t get to determine the outcome. That is one of the things we surrender when we put our lives in his hands. Rather, it’s supposed to be, but it’s difficult. Our minds are always thinking of possible alternative actions and outcomes. Always wanting to lend God a hand. To that God says, “Be still and know I am God,” (Psalm 46:10). On my best days, I’ve got it. Unfortunately, my best days are too far and few between. But I thank God that he hasn’t given up on me. He continues to set before me opportunities to be broken (poor in spirit) and to die daily as Paul wrote. He reminds me that only when I am weak can he be made strong in me. And I have his promise he will complete in me what he has started. So, for right now, I will trust him for that.

3 Responses to “What is trust?”

  1. Heather Roberts at 2:53 pm #

    I hear many, Christians using the principle of karma not realizing it negates God as the judge whose sovereignty can not be bribed into favor for one side or the other.


  2. paynefulponderings at 10:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on paynefulponderings and commented:
    Once again I’m amazed by God’s perfect timing. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Maybe it’ll be perfect for some of my readers too.



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