By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
We often find people explaining trust in layers or levels, with several caveats and disclaimers. These caveats usually have to do with the ability or character of the person. For example, I will not allow my ten year old daughter to babysit her one year old sister; but I am more likely to allow her to babysit her three year old sister. The trust issue is not derived from any malice towards my oldest daughter; it is simply a judgment on her ability to handle a baby versus a toddler. It is important to recognize the reason for my misgivings is of no consequence when determining whether I trust my daughter. That is why God looks for us to trust Him with all of our heart; we do not get to pick or choose what aspects of life we trust Him.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV): Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
The good news is God is so righteous and majestic; we do not have a valid reason not to trust Him. God’s grasp on life, love, and wisdom are more comprehensive than any book or training will provide us in a lifetime. In fact, science is just starting to scratch the surface on the nature that God designed. Look at how the helicopter is designed from a dragonfly or how a submarine mirrors a whale.
Job 39:26-27 (NIV): “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?
We find in Job 39 several examples of the things we take for granted, yet God did not overlook. Jehovah speaks on the wisdom He imparted on many creatures of the earth. He speaks on the fact they do not have the awareness to understand why they are doing what they are doing (v.17). Due to the fact animals are not aware of themselves on a conscious level; they cannot trust or love God. As humans, we are fortunate because God imparted enough wisdom for us to be aware of Him and ourselves. The choice of whether we will completely trust God is an important one with immense implications. We must humble ourselves and understand we cannot save ourselves, nor can we solve the world’s greatest problem. Trust in the One who loves you so much He gave His only begotten son and do not lean on your own understanding.
Romans 4:20-21 (NKJV): He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.