“Trust in him at all times, you people:
pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
The Psalmist instructs us to trust at all times.
“All times” includes:
- Times of plenty and times of want
- Times with and times without
- Monday morning and Friday night
- Anxiety and peace
- Debt-free and bankrupt
- Benign and malignant
- Rough waters and smooth sailing
All means all.
Life tells me that believers run to God in times of difficulty but tend to “drift” when all is well. Has that been your experience? Looking over my shoulder, I note that the times of greatest challenge correlated to the times I felt the closest to God.
That prompts me to ask myself, Why?
Why do I run to God when I’m hurting, but am prone to wander when all is well? Do I unconsciously think I don’t need God? Has life lulled me into complacency?
One benefit of repeating the cycle a few times (i.e., living long enough to earn some gray hairs) is that we finally “get it.” The proverbial light bulb goes on – or maybe we just finally grow up enough spiritually to see that ordinary days prepare us to face extraordinary days. As I cultivate a heart that trusts God on a normal, relatively easy Tuesday morning, it prepares me to trust Him when everything breaks loose on Thursday afternoon.
Choosing to abide in Christ today is the best preparation for the surprises that will come tomorrow. I trust Him today with the easy stuff … so I’m ready to trust him with the harder stuff to come. It becomes habit-forming. Like stocking water bottles and changing flashlight batteries in the tornado closet, it prepares me for the crisis.
Over and over and over again, God has proven He can be trusted. He is trustworthy. He can be counted upon. He never sleeps or slumbers. He is my rock and refuge – my go-to at all times.
What do you need to spread out before Him today? In what area of life do you need to pry your clenched fingers off the burden and place it on the altar, asking Him to carry it for you?
How are you trusting Him today? How do you need to trust Him? And will you trust Him?