In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
~ Isaiah 25:9
I think for any good movie plot, at some point a character will ask the question, "Do you trust me?" At that point something happens that affirns that trust, whether it is some crazy stunt, or it helps to affirm a characters reputation.
Trust is something we begin to learn at an early age, and as we grow older we learn that trust is something we earn and trust is something that can be lost in one bad decision.
The two most used words in the Hebrew texts have to do with turning away and returning to God. And it is not just one generation of people. It has happened throughtout all of known history, and still happens today. While we affirm, or place our trust in God, sometimes I have to wonder what God's trust in us may look like?
Humanity is such an interesting part of creation. Created in the image of God, and infused with the breath of God, we are uniquely made. It is that image and presence of God in us that makes trusting God even more important.
God knows each of us so well. For years there have been those who have talked and written about discipline, forgiveness, love, and even hatred, while encouraging and aligning our life and relationships to mirror the relationship that God has with us. We are to help one another, and to seek ways to build one another up, while embracing faith, hope and love. With the greatest of these being love.
But none of these things are possible without the binding force of trust. They are challenging within themselves at times, but without trust, they don't stand a chance.
Forgiveness happens when we trust that something will not happen again. Faith occurs when we trust in the things we cannot see. Love happens when we allow our heart to become vulnerable.
Trust is by far one of the greatest gives that we may extend to someone, and the greatest gift we may receive. Trust in God is what makes us different, and allows us to move forward each day.
Trusting in God allows each of us to not only live, but to stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.