trust – noun \ˈtrəst\
: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.
: an arrangement in which someone’s property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization (such as a bank) for usually a set period of time
: an organization that results from the creation of a trust
Trust is an ongoing learning process for me.
Twenty-three years ago, I wore a white Cinderella-like dress and stood with my husband before family and friends to make my second biggest trust decision. Trusting God with my heart was my biggest trust decision.
What does a child learn about trust from a parent who promises to do something but doesn’t…again and again?
You board a plane, most likely flown by a pilot and maintained by mechanics you never met. Yet you trust they will safely take you to your destination.
In my Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, the first three definitions for “trust” are:
- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc. of a person or thing: confidence.
- confident expectation of something; hope.
- confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
All three definitions show trust involves risk. We don’t have complete knowledge or control over how a person or thing will act in every possible situation. If we trust someone or something, we risk having our trust broken.
Depending on our life experiences, we find it easier to trust or mistrust people and/or institutions. But we can learn to trust God if we’re willing to risk.
Granted, we may minimize risk by diligent research. For example, I didn’t marry my husband until I knew more about his character and faith walk. Likewise, we can learn about God by spending time with Him, reading the Bible, and talking to people who love God.
God asks us to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6) with our lives and with the lives of our loved ones. Trusting God doesn’t mean we avoid suffering and/or loss. Remember Jesus on the cross. But God rewarded Jesus’s trust; Jesus rose and conquered death and sin for us. God kept His promise.
When I read testimonies of people who trusted God despite great suffering, I notice that they trusted and experienced God’s love and presence in their suffering. Faith, not feelings, ruled their hearts, despite moments of doubt. They chose to trust God’s love as revealed in Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection (Romans 8: 31-39). They relied on God’s prior acts of love to trust Him for future acts of love.
They chose to trust God’s promise to cause all things to work together for good (Rom. 8:28) despite contrary appearances. They recalled earlier examples of God’s faithfulness. They trusted God with their anger, their pain, and their questions as they suffered. They clung to God’s promises in the Bible.
They revealed their trust in God by seeking Him, reading the Bible and/or praying. They trusted when they were too broken to continue. God’s grace held them. They trusted God enough to ask for help.
Trust requires an ongoing reliance on God and His promises through all of life’s seasons to avoid complacency or complaint.
Soul Stops Moment:
- What have you learned about trust?
- What have you learned from trusting God?
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Dolly is honored to be guest posting for her friend Charity. She had the pleasure of meeting Charity at Laity Lodge last year after taking an online writing class taught by Charity and Ann Kroeker. Dolly has discovered trusting God is an adventure. She’s a recovering perfectionist who is learning to bloom where God has planted her. She blogs regularly at her blog, Soul Stops, and occasionally at Tweetspeak Poetry and Jumping Tandem. You can connect with her at her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can also visit and like her blog’s FB page.