I Will Trust

Where can we turn when we are afraid? Although there are many possible answers to this question, only one provides an effective solution to the problem of fear. Wave after wave of difficulty the past few months and years has pounded into me the reality that trusting God is the solitary means of peace.

So, why do I sometimes fall into periods of worry over things that are uncertain? Why do I concern myself with things that might happen even though I have seen God’s protecting hand in my life? Why do I sometimes feel fear?

The answer lies in my mind. I’m not “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5) when I allow my mind to spiral into all the “what ifs” that can plague me with fear. I know I am not alone in this; David also had times of fear as noted in Psalm 56.

When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
Psalm 56:3

David found the solution for his fears – trust in God. In the midst of the whirlwind of “what ifs,” how do I manage to trust though? The spinning thoughts driving my fear come to a halt when I “put” my trust in God. I have to stop and say, “No. I will not continue to imagine all the possible outcomes of this situation and the trauma that each would incur. Instead, I will trust that God sees what is happening, knows what the future holds, has preordained each of my days, and will only allow what He knows is best. He is loving, wise, and sovereignly in control of it all.” Period. Trust “put” where it belongs. Learning to do this is pleasing to God.

God has not made this world to be a nest for us—and if we try to make it such for ourselves—He plants thorns in it so that we may be compelled to mount and find our soul’s true home somewhere else, in a higher and nobler sphere than this poor world can give!
Charles Spurgeon

What if my trust could develop to the point that there was no fear to overcome as David did though? Spurgeon points to Isaiah 12:2 for the answer to this question.

Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2

As Spurgeon notes:

David says, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Isaiah says, “I will trust and not be afraid,” which is far better! When David is afraid, He trusts in God, but Isaiah trusts in God, first, and then he is not afraid at all!
Charles Spurgeon

That is my goal – trust in God that is so complete that I never have fear of the world. He will strengthen me and help me learn to do this.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10

3 thoughts on “I Will Trust

  1. These verses mean so much! I love the Spurgeon quote about the bird nest and thorns. Without those thorns we wouldn’t have faith to spread those wings and fly, being made strong by His grace to battle the trials. 🤗💖

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