Stephen spoke tonight about trust, asking us the question ‘What are we putting our confidence in?’ At the moment, we are urged to put our trust in hand sanitizer, in washing our hands for 20 seconds, in social distancing and in isolation, not to mention in the Government’s decisions, but the truth is that our trust should always remain in God. ‘In God we trust‘ is the motto of the United States of America, but it should be the experience of each believer.
Fear is often the spur to trust. We are often afraid, perhaps feeling life is out of our control or feeling insecure. The Bible frequently talks about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of wisdom, but it is often also the pathway to trusting God. (Ex 14:31) God does not change and fearing Him can be found in both the first and last books of the Bible. This leads to trust, which acts like a bridge, allowing us to travel from one side of the river to the other with safety.
Ps 13:5 reminds us to trust in God’s unfailing love and Ps 62:8 tells us to trust in Him at all times. When we do this, we find trust will overcome fear, bring us security and will act as a refuge for us. Jer 17:7 reminds us that ‘blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.‘ God is solid, a firm foundation, the One who will never let us down. In difficult times, as in peaceful times, we need to put our trust in God.