For the last few weeks we’ve been considering the relationship between faith and worry. As I have said before, this is an issue I have wrestled with a lot. For example, I have known financial challenges and have struggled with worry simply about how to pay my bills. Also, I have experienced relational challenges and have struggled with worry over what to do or say. Worry can result equally from relatively small problems or from life changing issues. This challenges our faith and really comes down to a question of trust. Do we trust that God is good? Do we trust that God will take care of us and our problems and concerns?
A few weeks ago we talked about the choice we have to worry or not to worry. Today I want to drill down to a specific part of that choice – the choice to trust. I want to encourage you with the intentionality of my words. You do have a choice and you can choose to trust and choose not to worry. God sent Jesus to die on the cross to redeem our souls and to renew our minds. Christ died to allow you the choice to respond to Him in faith and to choose to trust Him with your life.
In the church where I grew up, to mark someone’s baptism, a Bible was given with a special verse written on the inside cover. I still have mine from 1984. I was 16, and my baptismal verse was Psalm 37:4-5
Delight yourself 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 act.
I love the last part of that verse. It speaks of choice and opportunity. I choose to trust and I know He will act. Even in the midst of a great temptation to worry and fear, I choose to trust.
Our trust is not just wishful thinking. We are trusting in the supreme God of the universe. He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Think about who we are trusting in. Worry calls us to trust in ourselves. Faith calls us to trust in Jesus Christ. This brings us back to that same concept I keep thinking about. God is superintending our lives. We trust God because He loves us, because He is all-powerful and He is superintending our lives.
As I close, may I remind you again of the call to trust in this great quote:
“You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need." Augustine