Two Simple Words (one of the hardest things about faith)
I was praying today about something that has been bothering me for awhile. Not knowing what to do about it has been causing me anxiety, nearly daily. I talk to myself about it over and over again, sorting it out, looking for answers, for guidance, for help carrying the burden.
And in the midst of this mental struggle, I heard two tiny words.
Two tiny words from the very core of my mind, as though God was speaking them to me, whispering quiet comfort …
That’s it … just “Trust Me.” No other advice or direction. No specifics. No glimpse into the big picture. No promises of anything in particular.
Just “Trust Me.”
Too often, the future is not ours to know or to control. The big picture is not ours to see. The burden will not be lifted before its time.
But it becomes lighter when we remember two words that God tells us over and over again in His Word … “Trust Me.”
And you know what?
We have the easy part. We don’t have to know what to do or how to do it. We don’t have to force things to happen or carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. He will handle what we can’t handle. He will straighten the path out. He will work it all into good. He sees the big picture and knows the steps we need to take even when the path is dark and unclear and shaky and full of obstacles.
And all we have to do is trust Him and be still and let Him be God.
I know it’s not easy for broken hearts to trust and to be still and to loosen its grip on life, to get in the passenger seat and hand the wheel over to God. Sometimes “being still” and trusting Someone Else to care for us is the hardest thing to do.
And sometimes the problem isn’t that we don’t trust Him; it’s that we don’t trust ourselves. We don’t trust that we will hear Him properly, that we will be able to discern the right thing to do, that we will have the strength to do it, that we will be able to accomplish anything worthwhile. Sometimes we don’t even trust that we are worth His time and help and love.
But if He is big enough to create the heavens, to hold the sun and moon and stars in place, to fashion a fully functioning human body out of dust, to cause red tulips and yellow daffodils and delicate butterflies and baby robins to awaken from a barren frozen winter’s sleep every year, to redeem humanity and forgive our sins and invite us back into an eternity with Him in heaven …
then He is big enough to handle our concerns, to guide us in the right path at the right time, to open the right doors and close the wrong ones, to carry us while we carry our burdens, to make something beautiful out of our messes, to use our tiny pathetic efforts to accomplish something wonderful.
And if He loved us enough to create us and die for us and pursue us all our lives so that we could have a healing, genuine, eternal relationship with Him… then we can trust that we are valuable to Him, that we are loved.
The thing is … We are loved not because we earn it but because He is love and because He made us out of love.
We are His … and He loves us!
And in His love, He wants to guide us in the best life possible. If only we will trust Him to do it.
Our part is to be His children, to wait on Him, abide in Him, pray our concerns over to Him, and obey when He shows us the next step He wants us to take. His part is to be God!
And until He reveals the next step, we need only to “be still and know that He is God.”
Sometimes the only instruction we really need from Him is summed up in two simple words:
And we don't need to know anything else. Sometimes, it has to be good enough for us that He is who He is - a good, loving, faithful Father who can be trusted.
And so when I am tempted to panic and to say “But what about this? And what about that? And what if … what if … what if …?”, I am going to try saying this instead …
“Yes, I trust You! I might not trust me, but I do trust You!”
Psalm 46:1-3, 10: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. . . . Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Matthew 6:25-34: “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 37:7: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”
Psalm 25:9: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way…”
1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Exodus 14:13-14: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Numbers 11:23: “The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.’“
Psalm 55:22: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
2 Timothy 1:7: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of sound-mind.”
1 John 4:19: “We love because He first loved us.”
Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”