Embracing personal trust
There is no doubt that today there is a cynical lack of trust in so many areas of our public life. Of course, we see it in the realm of politics and, even in friendships and families, there can be a fearful lack ability to trust one another. Trust is very closely aligned to faith and so for Christians the need for personal trust is absolutely essential if we are to grow in our discipleship and understanding of God’s love in our lives.
Any exploration of personal trust in our Christian lives is in direct response to the love that God has shown us in Jesus Christ. Faithfulness is the quality that characterises a person who lives in this kind of relationship.
Our trust in God lies at the heart of our initial response to God and is therefore part and parcel of what it means to live the Christian life. For me, all that we learn through life reinforces the need for trust and if I see that in daily life, in the things that are plainly before me, how much more must it be understood in my relationship to God. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.”
We often find that people most clearly demonstrate their ability to trust God in the difficult circumstances of life. There is a distinction between the effort we put into life and the trust that we can employ in living our lives. One writer I recall saying, “Quit sweating, quit wrestling, it’s not TRY but TRUST.”
As we grow in faith and live out the life that God opens up for us, we learn to trust him more. I would like to think that this also makes it possible for us to trust people more. At Wesley Mission, this is an important part of what it means for us to reach out and care for others. As I seek to share the life of following Christ, I cannot talk about it without really speaking of the importance of trusting God and caring for others.
If you want to practise this type of personal trust, let me encourage you to take part in the World Day of Prayer on 1 March. This year, the theme is Come – Everything is Ready, from the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:15-24. As you read this passage and pray, reflect on the faithfulness of God, and consider your response to his invitation.
For more on personal trust and God’s faithfulness, I also invite you to come along to our first Celebrating Faith service for 2019, which will be on this topic. Join me at 6pm on Sunday 3 March to learn more.
The great Baptist preacher C H Spurgeon reflected, “Be it ours, when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of his wings.”