February 2, 2018

Psalms 32:10…Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.

            Lately, I have been noticing the verses that talk about God’s graciousness toward us.  There must be a need or a hunger in me. And, surely, there is. Yesterday, I met with a cabinet design person and had to tell him that I would not be installing the cabinets. I can’t do some of the things that defined me as a younger man. Without that, I find that I must trust God more than I ever have. It is a vital and ongoing lesson. And it is painful.

            Whoa, that’s weird. In what way is ‘trusting the Lord’ painful? One must admit weakness and, in some ways, inability. That hurts me, since I have always been a ‘go-to’ guy. And lately, I have been particularly occupied with the concept of trusting God. Verses, like the one this morning, remind me of its importance.

            Trust is multifaceted. Sometimes it is passive, like when I get up in the morning, I don’t wonder if I am going to float to the ceiling; I trust gravity to do its job. But other times trust is active, like when I step on a frozen lake (which I have not done for years)… I look for signs that the ice will hold me and I step gingerly forward. In those times, I trust that ice is stronger than gravity. I think my greatest test is in the area of active trust. I trust, without doubt, that God is everywhere at all times; but, when deciding whether to turn right or left, I find myself asking, “God, which way are you?” Stead fast love surrounds the one who trusts in the lord. That love is neither right nor left. His love will be with the ones who trust in Him. Do you trust in the Lord?   

            Faith enters into this picture. In fact, in my mind, faith and trust are somewhat synonymous or, at least, interdependent. Sometimes, when we ‘step out in faith’ it is like stepping onto ice. We test each step, as best we can. I am not sure that indicates a lack of trust more than a sensible approach to change. But, my reading tells me otherwise. If I trust in the lord, then I am surrounded by his love. Will His love let me sink into the icy water? My first answer to that is “Definitely not.” But my thoughtful answer is, “I don’t know.” Trust is multi-.