Trust and Adjust: Finding Peace, Conquering Fear, and Living Well (Part 1)

 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
 My salvation and my honor depend on God
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)

Trust is not easy in today’s world.  We teach our children NOT to trust strangers, we are very wary of any strange email that promises something too good to be true, politicians sometimes lie, people gossip and slander, and marriages often crumble because trust has been broken.  We live in a time where trusting someone is seen as weakness.  We don’t want to be taken advantage of, made out to be a fool, hurt or harmed.  So we hesitate, hedge our bets, and tell ourselves to trust nothing.

Although I believe it is important to be prudent and discerning when choosing friends or starting relationships, teaching  our children about stranger danger, and clicking on email links, etc., I do long for more trust in the world.  Don’t you?  I want to trust people.  I want to believe what they say is true.  I want to be able to let my guard down…to rest.

But trust does not come quickly or easily.  It takes time and patience.  For me to trust someone, for example, I first have to meet them, spend time with them , and watch how they treat other people.  Maybe I trust them with something “small.”  Will you be there on time?  Will you help me with carpool?

Trust builds gradually.  It’s a result of relationship, connection, and confidence in the one in whom you trust.

Trust is sacrifice.  I have to sacrifice my pride, the idea that I don’t really need trust…my independence.  I have to open myself up to someone else and trust that they won’t leave me alone,  in the wind.

Trust implies peace.  Only when we feel safe can we become vulnerable enough to let go, to close our eyes for a moment and finally rest.

I think a similar process takes place in our ability and willingness to trust God.  As hard as it is to trust people we can see and touch, how much harder is it to trust in Someone we cannot see?  We cannot feel?  We must learn to see the unseen, to feel the intangible in tangible ways.

We must meet with our God, spend time in His presence, and look at how He has treated others in the past and how He treats His people today. Maybe we trust God, at first, with something small or a small amount of time.  Then, slowly, as we get to know Him, we trust Him more.  We come to understand that our trust in God isn’t just an extra perk of believing in Him.  It is part of belief and, in turn, belief is part of trust.   One does not happen without the other.  At least that’s how it happened with me.  I didn’t really know God…I mean really know God, until I realized (and believed!) He was the only One who could save me, who would save me…if I would trust Him to do it.

Over the next few weeks as I share how my trust in God was (and still is) built and how it created a place of rest for me, I hope you will join me.  I am on a journey to trust God more with each passing day– I’m still growing and learning!  Come with me to meet with God, to spend time in His presence, and look at what His Word says to us about Him (and why we know we can trust His Word!).  I don’t know what God plans for this series…maybe He’s got a few lessons to teach me, maybe He’s got something to show you, but one thing I do know… I can trust Him in this thing…in all things.

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