Trusting God is often as easy as having a mere thought and saying “oh yeah I trust God” or at least this is the train of thought we often use. Psalm 56:3 says “3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” I am confident in this scripture, let me tell you, when I’m afraid I run to God, but I’m mostly running in hopes that God will just deliver me from whatever heartache it is that I fear. That’s not really trust though is it? I’m just hoping he takes care of my problem. What if the problem is exactly what God has prescribed for me, to answer all of my prayers about wanting to grow and be able to trust Him more? This is a very real possibility. We as human beings tend to gain things like wisdom, understanding, and knowledge because we go through real life experiences that teach us these things. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I think this is where we sometimes miss the boat, trusting God with all of your heart. See it’s easy for me to say the words “I trust you God” because I’m using my human intellect to do that. What is not so easy is, believing and trusting with my heart. When you believe something with all of your heart, you are completely sold out to that belief. I love to reference the story of Job from the bible here; God loved Job very much and counted him as righteous, but Satan thought that he could get Job to recant on his faith and obedience to God. Job was extremely blessed by God in every way, he owned different livestock by the thousands and he was counted as the greatest man in all of the East. Satan, however, was determined to prove that Job would not hold up when hardships came against him. So God allowed Satan to test him. Satan would take away everything from Job, all of his children and livestock were killed, he suffered from many medical hardships from the plague like trials, and yet Job never wavered from his trust, he maintained his place in God. After Satan’s many attempts on Job did not work, God would add everything Job had lost back twofold. Furthermore, if Job would have let his circumstances dictate his relationship and trust in God, he would have had none, for he would have given up.
Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, but God does.
So when life does something unexpected what will you do? Will you be Job and maintain your place in God?