The hardest thing in the world to do is gain someone’s trust. Hearts have been broken, promises taken back, and commitments given up on. Who would willingly start to trust again if this is the state of the world? Who could possibly hold the human heart in their hand and be trusted to love it, nurture it, and keep it pure? The very man who’s done that for all of eternity.
Taking a glimpse into the story of scripture, we see a few pivotal moments of pure trust and surrender to God in the most vulnerable of moments. For example, in 1 Samuel, Hannah longs for the birth of a child after being barren for years. With seemingly no hope, she prays for God to bless her womb. She dedicates the child’s life to serving God and then writes one of the most beautiful songs in all of scripture.
In Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46–55), we see the same type of prayer. Mary is fearful of her future and being the mother of the coming messiah. Yet she knows exactly the right person to turn to. Time and time again, she knew that if she were to turn to God, she would be met with the person that would uphold his promises, keep his word, and remain constant in love — something no other person can do, no matter how hard they may try.
There’s a quote in the book Holier Than Thou by Jackie Hill Perry that beautifully sums up trusting God:
“If God is holy, then he can’t sin. If God can’t sin, then he can’t sin against me. If he can’t sin against me, shouldn’t that make him the most trustworthy being there is?”
So for anyone reading this, I ask, “What’s stopping you from fully trusting in God?” Lay it down, and walk down the path that God has set before you and find the heart of God that is gentle and lowly.
Father, there are moments we are so overcome by difficulties that our minds don’t even think about what your promises to us are. Instead of leaning into you, we worry and scheme and look for everything that we can do through our own power. Help us not do that anymore. Help us to trust you so much that in times of trouble, we seek you first. I ask that these truths would guide us and help us to live lives of joy with you at the center. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.