Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
“Faith is a living well-founded confidence in the grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a thousand times rather than surrender its conviction. Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace makes its possessor joyful, bold, and full of warm affection toward God and all created things — all of which the Holy Spirit works in faith. Hence, such a man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer all manner of ills, in order to please and glorify God, who has shown toward him such grace.” Martin Luther
God asks us the question, do you trust me? Every day we place our trust in people and possessions. We trust our cars to get us to our destination, we trust our careers to deliver paychecks, we trust our doctors to heal our illnesses. All of these have one thing in common, at some point they fail our trust. But what happened to those who placed their trust in God? Moses trusted God to deliver the Israelites at the Red Sea. Joseph trusted God while he waited in pharaoh’s prison. David trusted God for a victory when he was facing Goliath. Jonah trusted God to answer his prayer in the belly of the fish. Peter and John trusted God as they stood before the Sanhedrin and gave their defense of the Christian faith.
Trust is a dependence on someone or something, a belief that it will happen. Trust is found in our unswerving belief that the God of Heaven will indeed work on our behalf to bring His perfect will for our lives to pass. What does it mean to trust? It means to depend on Him. We say that we trust God and yet there are times when trusting God does not seem so simple. Trusting God means we believe in that which we cannot see and sometimes may not understand. Trusting God seems to go against our human nature because trusting God means that we have to admit that we are not in control of our lives. We are very independent creatures that crave control and that in itself is one of the greatest obstacles to trust. Far too often we become completely focused on the trials and tribulations of life and we lose our focus on trusting Christ. When Peter walked on the water he was doing well until he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the waves. The same is true of us today, God can get us through the most impossible situations but we must keep our focus and trust on Him. Are you focused of the trials or the trust? How can we ever expect to find help and healing when we will only focus on our difficulties and not our deliverer? So God asks the question, do you trust me? Disasters strike and tragedies will happen in our lives. Life can indeed be hard, it can be uncertain, it is beyond our control, and in difficult times it is beyond our understanding. Sometimes we are left with raw emotions, and tough questions and the answers are beyond us as we grapple with the question of why. Yet nothing that we go through in this life is beyond God, the truth is that we can and must rely on Him in every situation. There will be times that just don’t make any sense in human terms and the more senseless life becomes the greater our need to trust in God becomes. God wants you to trust even when you don’t understand, when life just doesn’t make sense and the future seems uncertain. In 1887 John H. Sammis wrote the great hymn Trust and Obey:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey. Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Are you trusting today or trying? God promises that He will never forsake those who seek Him and the treasure we find in trusting Him is love from the God who is love, grace and peace from the God of all comfort, security from the God who never changes, protection, provision and His presence from the God who is all powerful, acceptance from the God who knows everything. Our treasure is eternity with the God who sacrificed His own Son so we could be forgiven. God is asking only one question, do you trust me? What is your answer today?