When I am afraid I will put my trust in You - Psalm 56:3 (NASB)
Trusting an invisible God can be quite challenging, especially when life is full of changes. Generally, we have some circumstance that nudges us to lean into God for help, which involves trusting Him. Oxford Languages defines trust as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Some synonyms are; confidence, belief, faith, freedom from suspicion/doubt, sureness, certainty, assurance, reliance. The word “faith” caught my attention since it relates to trust. Faith according to Oxford Languages is described as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith according to God means confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
I am certain that we will have conflicts within us that test our faith (1 Peter 1:6-9). During these times I find it helpful to choose a word that best describes trust, then apply it toward God. It is in His faithfulness that I am encouraged to rely more on Him which increases my trust in Him. For instance, when I was a new mom, I had just dedicated my life fully to the Lord, I had a chronically ill child who was later diagnosed with Autism. I had never been a mom, and I had never heard of Autism. I didn’t have all the resources at my fingertips like we do now to assist me in understanding the situation my family was in. I relied heavily upon the Lord’s guidance - after all, He created my daughter, He knew what she needed and how to get me to help her.
Now that I am older, I still require His help to the same degree since she has matured into an adult. As I get older, age has triggered a new level of trust in God to care for my daughter in the event something happens to me. It can be an overwhelming challenge to surrender my part of her care completely to God, some day.
It's when I keep my eyes on all of the things that could happen to her when I am gone, that I become sad and fearful. Either I trust God, surrender my worry at His feet and allow Him to comfort me today (Matthew 6:34), or, be miserable for trying to do it all on my own while worrying.
Heavenly Father, there are those who are afraid to surrender their life to You or the lives of their loved ones, there are those who are afraid to let go of things they have no control over, may they see this as a good place to surrender and trust You.
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