Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)
Trust seems like such a simple thing, and in some respects it is. It’s simple to trust that the chair I’m sitting in won’t collapse under my weight. After all, I have lots of experience sitting in chairs. It’s easy to trust that my car will start in the morning because it has never failed to start since I’ve owned it. Some levels of trust are easy.
But when it comes to God, trusting can be a little more complex. When something doesn’t go right in our lives, we’re quick to doubt our heavenly Father’s benevolence. How could a good God allow this to happen to me? Why did she die? Why do I have these health issues? Why did he walk out on me? All sorts of questions surface that cause us to doubt God’s goodness.
What’s remarkable, however, is that Jesus always rewarded trust (or faith, as you may choose to call it). On many occasions, it was a person’s trust that caused Jesus to respond and to bless people. That doesn’t mean “bad” things will never happen if you trust Jesus. We live in a sinful world where bad things happen because of the choices of sinful man. However, in the midst of the negative, we can still exhibit a firm trust in God and in His overruling power in the world. He will, one day, come to establish His eternal Kingdom where there will be no more negative, sorrow, or pain.
Until then, we can trust that He loves us so much that He sent Christ to die so we could be made right with Him. We can trust that He works all things together for good for those who are called according to His purposes. We can trust that all will be okay in the end. How much do you trust?
Father, I’m ashamed, at times, with how much I fail to trust fully in You. And yet, You have provided so generously and graciously for me, and You have met my needs beyond anything I could possibly imagine. If that weren’t enough, You sent Christ to die for me. Help me to live a life of trust that is pleasing to You.