If you look up in the Bible the word trust there are many examples of how it is used.
Psalm 9.10 encourages us saying ‘Those who know your name trust in you, for you Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.’
Psalm 20.7 tells us ‘Some trust in chariots and some horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord or God.’
Proverbs 3.5-6 instructs us ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’
Of course there are many other passages telling us what not to trust in but the overriding message is summed up in Jesus own words “Trust in God, trust also in me” John 14.1
The Oxford English Dictionary says trust is the ‘firm belief in the truth, reliability, or ability of someone or something.’ All this then makes it clear about how we should be in our relationship with God. But what about those times when the ‘rubber hits the road’ and when we practically have to put our trust in God. Those times in our lives that come to mind when we have had to rely on God when our own strength was not enough to get us through. Maybe those times when our trust in others has been broken when they have let us down, so we turn to the Lord who has ‘never forsaken those who seek’ him.
When talking to none Christians I am often challenged about my Christian faith as they ask ‘how I can believe in an unseen God and put my trust in him? I may respond in different ways but it is usually about my personal experience of Jesus in my life and what that means and also about how we so often trust others we don’t see or indeed know. This came into sharp focus again for me this week as I took my first ever flight in a two person glider. Instead of requesting a present of the usual socks from my daughters last Christmas, I suggested I would like to have a Glider Flight experience at The Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank just a few miles north of us. After two cancellations earlier in the year due to weather, I telephoned the Club on my next booked date, on what was a misty November morning and was told they expect it to clear by my flight time in the afternoon. On arriving I met with Paul the Senior Flying Instructor and he said visibility was not good enough for a normal glider flight so I could re-book again or go up in a motorised glider and we would kill the engine to come into land. That all sounded exciting [if not a little terrifying] and so within half an hour I found myself strapped in next to Paul in a very tight dual control cockpit and speeding up down the grass runway to take off over Sutton Bank which drops some 900ft.
It was a great experience, if not somewhat nerve racking, especially when Paul taught me how to fly the plane and handed control to me for a short time as we did a few ‘simple’ manoeuvres. Now that’s trust, trust in a man who some minutes earlier was a complete stranger, trust in his ability and skills as a pilot and instructor, trust in the plane and trust in air traffic control at RAF Linton. Everyday we put our trust in others and so for me trusting in God comes as natural as that but it also challenges me to constantly work at my relationship with him through Jesus. It also raises the question for me how much can God trust me in our relationship.
May we be blessed as we work at trusting in the Lord with all our heart and with all our being in our daily walk together in his presence.
Rev Alan Crump