But, what is trust? What is to trust? How is trust made manifest?
For me, to trust, to truly trust, means to have total conviction, to be absolutely convinced of the truth. And, for us Christians, there is no greater truth than Jesus Christ and of God’s love for us. However, saying that we trust God is one thing, living what we say is another. For, is it not said, “My dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)?
Our reading for today answers this vital aspect of our relationship with God: how to live out a life in truth and with our trust and love for God made manifest in our actions. To truly love God, and therefore trust Him, we must live with courage, to live life unbent, undefeated and undismayed despite all the tribulations and hardships that may come our way for we carry the conviction within us, hotter than a burning flame, that God is with us and we take heart because of this.
God is our strength. Our shelter. Our nourishment. And, our salvation. If we are convinced that He is this, that we trust in these pronouncements of Him, then we should show this by rising every morning with a smile and a happy heart for we know that God is with us and everything will be alright.
To truly love God, therefore, is not to cower in fear and to huddle in sorrow and to beg and weep and wail for mercy and succor, for these are not the actions of a man who truly trusts, these portrays a man who does not believe God is with him. How low are our thoughts of who God if we think that we still need to beg and snivel at His feet just to receive crumbs. For was it not proclaimed by God: “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13); “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” (Isaiah 49:15).
If we are convinced that what He is and what He promise is the truth, then we need not fear or cower, or live in sorrow or spend our prayers begging and pleading and bargaining with God. We must, instead, live with steady confidence and gentle joy and comforting grace and with open arms and warmness of being, for we take strength in the Lord for He is love and He is with us.