Trust is an active form of believing.
We are so often told just to trust in God’s plan. On our sunny days this is easy, but on our darker days this can be our biggest struggle. Below is a psalm that I’ve recently begun to turn to remind myself that God will turn my trust in him to gold.
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37: 3-6)
This psalm is so confident in nature. Which, to be fair, is the definition of what it means to trust. To have trust means to be confident; to put your hope in someone or something. In reality, trust is an active form of believing. When you trust you become confident enough to act on your beliefs. Our beliefs then govern our decisions which turn into actions. These choices determine our quality of life, the best of which can only be provided by the Lord. Thus, it is to our benefit to actively trust in our God - placing our worries and fears in his hands. Some days this is easier said than done: we naturally strive to predict or control events in our lives. However, when we seek to be self-sufficient we offend God. There is no adequacy without the intervention of God.
The alternative to trying to control our paths is living in the current moment, depending on God for each occurrence. Rather than living in fear of inadequacy, we can celebrate in God’s ample supply of it. Through Him we reach our full potential. Through Him our paths lead us to the greatest quality of life. Thus, we must learn to train our minds to continually seek His help - even in our most routine tasks. Instead of dividing our lives into ‘what God can help me with’ and ‘what I can do on my own,’ we can actively choose to rely on God for every situation. This mindset will help train us to turn to God when we need him most, and when we don’t realize we do. Everything is possible through God: so let’s start living like it.
This of course does not mean we should abandon our prayer life - praying does not mean we do not trust God, it allows us to acknowledge that He is in control. Prayer allows us to enter into direct relationship with God. We can talk to Him about our day, ask Him for change in our lives, but the most important practice we will exercise in prayer is asking that God’s will be done. We can spend our whole lives wondering and worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow, next month, or next year - but that will never bring us closer to understanding. Only God knows where we’re headed. Now that’s not to say that our prayer doesn’t change things - prayer is a powerful tool. God is always listening to us in prayer, but we will never know if our prayer was a catalyst for the way our life took shape or not - but that is just all the more reason to continue to pray.
This can lead us to another great understanding of what it means to trust in the Lord: having humility. To act humbly is to not lean on your own opinion or understanding. As I have mentioned, we have a very limited perspective of our life and thus a very limited understanding of the impact of our actions. On the other hand, God has written our story. He knows exactly where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and all the important characters in between. To recognize this is an act of humility. We need God. There is no harm in that, in fact, to be able to lean on God is a gift. Through Him all things are possible - how lucky then are we that he has the last say.