Trust is something that is earned over time. The longer you know someone, the more likely it is that you trust them. The same goes for our relationship with God. As time goes on, and I walk with the Lord longer, my experiences have led me to believe that maybe, just maybe, God is in control. Go figure, right? You’d think, considering the fact that I literally trusted Him with my entire eternal life, that I would undoubtedly trust Him in every moment while I’m in this life.
But we humans of little faith just don’t operate that way, and God, so gracious and patient, demonstrates His faithfulness to us over and over again. This learning process often happens during the most difficult parts of life, but the reward is so worth it when I can look back on what I’ve been brought through and realize that I’m ok. And because of that, I can instead look ahead and know that I will be ok. Like the song goes, “You’ve never failed me yet,” so we just keep going along.
But then I got to thinking… and I realized that, honestly, there’s a lot of people in the world who have nothing to do with God, but they still have a “no worries” mindset. “Everything always has a way of working itself out” is a phrase that everyone says – Christians or not.
So what makes our trust in God different then that kind of trust we see in the world?
Well, I think it goes back to the point that we do trust God with our eternal lives. If we look at the “Everything always has a way of working itself out” phrase more closely, a huge flaw becomes obvious. Because one day, things are not going to work out… at all. One day, things are going to literally work out so badly that - put bluntly – we’re going to die. What then? People are going to find that their life-long motto has completely betrayed them.
It is at that moment, when they are at their weakest point ever, that their worldly trust shatters to pieces. But for us, it is at that moment that our trust in God is perfected.
That’s the difference. Our trust goes beyond this life. Even in death, God will not fail us.