Trust is a familiar word. I use this word all the time in my prayers and in my daily conversations. But never have I, in all my years of existence, felt so strangely against it as I have in the last few months. I am coming to realize how really foreign the concept of trust is to me, leading me to ponder how I really see God in my sea of worries and cares.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I read this verse above when I was young and I thought I understood it clearly. Well, I mean, to trust God was just agreeing that He would take care of everything (making my path straight) for me, while I get to work and try to get everything done (making my own path), myself. After all, I have the hands and feet to do things the way I think right. Athletes say “no pain, no gain” and I say “no work, no pork!”
Ah, but I was really just a young padawan.
Growing up now, I’m starting to face uncertainties in life that I never really thought existed. I used to live in a bubble where everything was calculated and expected. Recent events in my life, however, shattered that world into pieces. And I’m realising how much I’ve been trusting my own understanding all this time.
I’m finding out that I don’t actually know what lies ahead. I don’t know for sure if I’m making the right decisions everyday, if I’m hearing the right voice or listening to the right source. I don’t know if the decisions I’ve made will get me where I want to be. I don’t know if I should desire to be where I want to be, or if there’s a need to change what’s inside of me first. I don’t even know what I want anymore. I’m drowning in everything that I do not know. I have no clue where exactly this road leads (in this world) and how this climb is gonna be.
But, here’s the thing that Jesus reminds me. And, thankfully, He never leaves us wondering or wandering in the wilderness forever. I was never called to climb, though it may be an uphill battle from time to time. I was never called to figure things out on my own, though He has given me wisdom to make the right choices.
The truth is, His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Too many times, it becomes a struggle when I take matters into my own hands, which I do almost all the time, being a naturally Type A – do it myself, kind of person (praying for God to fix this side of me).
Yet, I find hope.
Jesus says in His Word to cast all my cares, fears and worries to Him because He will do the caring for me (1 Peter 5:7).
He asks me to quit being anxious (that is being drowned in all my ‘IDKs’) and let my requests be known to Him instead (Philippians 4:6), because He listens (Job 22:27) and makes good plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11).
He has shown how He is more than able (Ephesians 3:20) and how He is willing (Luke 5:13) to take all my cares and worries away because He loves me (Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, John 15:13, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:8 and so many more).
Yes, I find hope.
Jesus didn’t just tell me to trust Him blindly. He tells me to trust because He can be trusted. Because He cares, He is willing and He is powerful enough to do something about everything and anything I face, I can, and have no reason not to, trust Him.
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers; neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate ME from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, my Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
And if God is for me, who (or what) can be against me? (Romans 8:31).
Trust God and chill. He’s got me (and you).
Bible verses mentioned
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
- Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- 1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
- Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
- Job 22:27 “You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.”
- Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
- Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”
- Luke 5:13 “Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately the leprosy left him.”
- Jeremiah 31:3 “the Lord appeared to them from a distance: ‘I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. And so with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.”
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down His life for His friends.”
- Psalm 86:15 “But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
- Psalm 136:26 “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His steadfast love endures forever.”
- Romans 5:8 “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”