Trust is an important part of life. Growing up, I had a teacher who used an object lesson to depict this reality. She had the class do what she called “trust falls.” One student would stand with his or her back to another student. The second had his or her arms outstretched, ready to catch the other. The backwards facing student would slowly drop into the arms of the other, trusting that he or she wouldn’t fall. Our class learned a lesson — trust is an important part of life.
Trust is equally important in the spiritual realm. Paul ranked it as one of the top three Christian virtues (1 Corinthians 13:13). In Galatians 2:20, he depicted it as his default mode of Christian living. Believers need a similar perspective. They need to learn to trust God with all issues of life. Consider three things for which we should trust God.
First, we need to daily trust that God is with us. God has filled His book with a multitude of promises concerning this truth. When Israel wandered in the wilderness, the Lord symbolized His presence with a pillar of clouds during the day and a pillar of fire at night (Exodus 13:21). When Israel charged into the Promised Land, the Lord promised her leaders, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Under the New Covenant, we have similar promises. Jesus has told us, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). If you want to practically trust God, start believing He is with you. Practice His presence. Know that He is in your heart through the Holy Spirit, and remember that He will be faithful to guide, teach, comfort, and help you (John 16:5-16).
Living by faith also involves a confidence that God will give us strength to do His will. At times, you may feel totally incapable of living up to His desires and dictates. It is on such occasions that you must rely on His power. Perhaps you struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Maybe you feel that you don’t have what’s required to be a good parent, spouse, church member, or gospel witness. Remember that you have the Holy Spirit, and rely on His help. Some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples contained a promise concerning this issue. He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you” (Acts 1:8). It is for this reason that Paul said, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). You may not feel that you have the energy to do what’s required of you; however, you are filled with the energy of one who can. Learn to trust in the Lord for strength and power (Psalm 121:1-2).
Faith also requires a trust in God’s protection. In both the Old and New Testaments, God often reminded His people that He would protect them from evil (Exodus 23:20; Deuteronomy 23:14; Isaiah 40:11; John 17:11; and 1 Peter 1:5). The Psalmist declared, “You, Lord, will guard us; You will protect us from this generation forever” (Psalm 12:7). Sure, there are those who have experienced harm and hurt in church history because of the evil actions of unjust men. However, the Lord never allows anything to come into the lives of children which is beyond the scope of His will. We must trust in His abiding protection!