“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3: 5
Hope is based upon expectation while trust is based upon confidence. The word for trust here is batach. This word carries the meaning of trusting in, being confident or sure in, and hiding for refuge in. If we are in a place of trust in the Lord then we are not in a place of trust in someone or something else. If we are in trust then we are in a position of confidence in God.
We have confidence that God will come through for us. That He will help us. That He will meet us. That He will speak to us, encourage us, or comfort us. We are not looking to another place for our help. In this place of being in trust we may say with the Psalmist, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27: 1.
How do we obtain this trust? Through time as we walk with Christ. There was a book I read a number of years ago on spiritual growth. One chapter caught my attention…it was simply titled ‘Time’. I turned to this chapter and began to read. Sure enough, the whole chapter was on time and the necessity of it in moving into spiritual maturity. It takes time to build trust. It takes time to place our confidence more fully in our Savior. Over time our trust is built.
We cannot skip over this “chapter” of trust building in our lives. And the reality is that we would not want to. There are too many lessons we learn as we move through time with Christ. If we were to skip over and learn something without the time, then we would be forfeiting the lessons learned and the character built through it. May we embrace the time, lessons, and things we learn. May our confidence be deepened in our Lord as we move on in time. May we find ourselves in trust…fully depending on God and knowing without a doubt that He will come through every single time. This is where we find ourselves fully in trust.
Blessings dear ones. May you grow in Christ, peace, joy, rest, hope, and trust. And me too.
With love and in Christ,