Be still and know that I am God.
Trust is a hard concept in today’s society. It seems like just when we start to fully trust in someone or something, the rug is pulled out from beneath our feet. We’re born with a childlike innocence, taught to believe that the world will love us if we love it. However, as we age, we begin to understand that this just isn’t true. Armed with this knowledge, our hearts change and become guarded.
Do you remember the first time someone made you regret putting your trust in them? Maybe it was your parents or teachers. Maybe it was your best friend. Maybe it was someone on TV. Maybe it was your boyfriend. Does it matter what they said? No, not really. As the years go on, the memory of what was said probably fades. What doesn’t, however, is the knowledge that it did in fact happen. The scars on your heart are a testament to that.
It’s pretty easy to pass the blame to someone else when thinking about trust. We all know what it feels like to be on the losing end of a metaphorical trust fall. Here’s the part that’s probably hard to swallow for most: you are that person for someone else. I’m not trying to make you feel poorly about past (or present) actions; I’m merely stating a fact. There’s a good chance that you have caused someone out there disappointment. It might not be over something big; in fact, it could be the smallest thing ever. Have you ever been late or skipped something you were supposed to go to with a friend? Have you ever heard something in confidence and then later let it slip to someone else? What about telling a lie, no matter how small?
Putting our full trust in someone (or something) is difficult. We all struggle with handing out trust from time to time. Once someone fails us, we tend to become paranoid and questioning or everything. One the surface things may seem fine, but in the back of your mind you’re always questioning.Sound familiar? Unfortunately, I’m sure you’ve had this type of experience with someone in your life. I know that I have. Life is messy and complicated, and people fail us all the time; this is a fact that is undeniable.
But do you know what else is undeniable? The love and power of Jesus Christ. In yesterday’s post, I discussed my friend’s testimony given at church. He touched on the idea of trust; hard to believe in and even more difficult to give freely. But, if we are truly followers of Christ, we can feel confident handing Him our trust and love. We must first surrender our lives to Him and then choose to trust in Him, regardless of the circumstance. Though people may fail us, He never will. When the rain (inevitably) comes, we need to remember that He knows the plans for our life and sits on the throne- we don’t. It’s so easy to believe that we know what’s best for us, but God makes it incredibly clear that this just isn’t so. Even when the circumstances look bleak, hold fast to God’s promises for your future and trust in Him because He loves you.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
One of my favorite passages to lean on during my rainy seasons is Psalm 46:10, which is mentioned above. God calls for us to be still and trust in His abilities and plans. I don’t know about you guys, but this is incredibly hard for me. I tend to get caught up in my own life and worried when my plan isn’t going exactly the way I think it should be. Anxiety creeps up and knocks on my heart, telling me that God isn’t in control.
I’m going to be honest: this happens a lot more than I would like to admit. Just last week I found myself sitting on the top of a butte at Chadron State Park yelling out to God because I couldn’t hear Him. I was angry and felt alone, as if He left me in my time of need. In retrospect, it’s not that He wasn’t speaking to me; the problem was I wasn’t listening. I questioned His love for me. I questioned His divine plan for my life as if it wasn’t enough for me; I questioned where I was placing my trust.
It is important that we remember that God is the only piece of perfection we will ever know. Though my weak moment is not something I’m proud of, it’s something that we all go through. The point is that I am able to come out on the other side stronger than I was. I know that God loves me because He sent Jesus to die for my sins, knowing full well that I would continue to make mistake after mistake and be ungrateful in my actions. I know that God has me in the palm of His hand. I never need to question my future; He has a plan that is grander than anything I could ever imagine. I need only be still and follow his commands.
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
God is my strong tower. He is the rock in the shifting sand. He is my father. He is my confidante. He keeps His promises and loves us even when we can’t keep ours. He is king over all- why shouldn’t all of my trust be put in Him?