If I told you to sit in a chair at my dinner table, I’m confident you would be more than happy to take a seat. But if I told you to sit in a chair that was rickety with only two good legs, you might reconsider. One chair is trustworthy but another is not quite so worthy of trust. Trust is only as strong as the object in which it is placed.
At this point in our world, many uncertainties flood around us: the economy, the political landscape, questions about employment, questions about relationships, and thoughts about our future. In all of the uncertainty what might we trust in?
The past few weeks, I’ve been pondering some familiar verses from the book of Proverbs:
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,
Lean not on your own understanding,
In all your ways submit to him
And he will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)
In the Hebrew language and culture, the word trust derives its meaning from the concept of “lying helplessly face downward.” When you combine this with the call to ‘lean not on your own understanding’ we get a pretty fascinating picture of what we are to do.
We shouldn’t lean on our wisdom, but fall helplessly face-down before our God who is all-wise.
Trust isn’t about trying to figure it all out, but admitting we need help. It isn’t about trying to hold everything together so we understand it, but putting our helpless selves into the gracious and wise care of God. As we continue the ||40days|| journey today, we want to come alive in trust.
Here is a practical way you could put this into practice today.Take some time alone to reflect on whatever is concerning you or worrying you right now. Hold that thing in your mind or maybe even write it down on a piece of paper. Then, do what trust means: fall down on your face before God. Seriously, just lay face down on the ground and hand that worry or issue over to God. Tell Him you are helpless. Tell Him you don’t know what to do. And ask Him to increase your faith and trust in Him.
If trust is only as strong as the object in which it is placed, then putting trust in the Almighty God is worth doing.