In our ongoing Alphabet of Faith series we’re up to “T” as our letter. I was going to do a different word but found myself jotting down notes about the word you find below, so I decided to go with what seems to be an impromptu leading.
“T” Is for TRUST
When I think about having faith in God or believing in God I find it helpful to insert the word trust in place of faith or believing. For some inexplicable reason to say I trust in God takes it to a more personal level than for me to say I believe in God or that I have faith in God.
We trust in people and sometimes we find that trust to be misplaced; people let us down and disappoint. When we trust in God we can know He is always trustworthy. I know, it sometimes appears that He lets us down but appearances are deceiving. God is always up to something good, though He frequently seems to take the roundabout way to it! The prophet reminds us that “the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him…” (Nahum 1:6)
I’m thinking of two trapeze acrobats swinging from bent knees on two different swings high above the ground. The one lets go and sails through the air. The catcher grasps the one who has cast self into thin air. The catcher has to be trusted. God is to be our catcher! Ultimately each of us must ask ourselves the question, “Can God be trusted?” How we answer that question determines how we will live.
The psalmist challenges us to “trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8) What results from putting such trust in God? We have confidence, we have peace, we have joy, we have resilience.
How appropriate that “In God We Trust” appears on our coins and cash, something we often trust in more than God! It’s great to have “In God We Trust” appear on our currency, but is it imprinted on our minds and hearts?