“For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21
Have you ever tried to define trust? Or tried to trust when it seems like you can’t?
My natural tendencies are often the opposite of trust. In my prayers I try to persuade God to do something I desperately want, or to give me something I think I can’t do without. I have a specific result in mind, thinking it will make my life better.
Yet the times I have most anxiously tried to goad God are the very times when I needed to trust Him the most. When the result I want does not happen, I have at times wandered in a land of mistrust, remaining anxious and engulfed in discontent.
What if we changed our expectation of what we think “should” happen? What if we began to define trust in God as letting go of the outcome and releasing our grip?
At first our waiting may feel more frightening. However, for myself, I’ve noticed a freedom in not holding on so tightly. Peace and gladness in God Himself enter my heart and mind after the release. I can be glad because of who God is. In Psalm 33:20 the writer states God’s characteristics: “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”
Dear Lord, please help me to let go of my demands for a preconceived outcome. Help me to let go of my efforts to control. I turn my attention to Who You are. I want to trust You. I can’t do that without Your help, but I believe You will help me because You long for me to rest in Your wisdom and protection. Amen.
Read these words out loud as a prayer while opening your hands: “But I trust in You, O Lord: I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). As often as you are able throughout the day, simply open your hand as a reminder to yourself and an admission to the Lord that you have determined to trust Him.