“And they that know Thy name shall put their trust in Thee” (Psalm 9:10).
This is truly what it is to be a Christian; to put our trust in God.
But what do we trust Him for and how does that work its way out in our daily lives?
If Christians are asked to say what they trust God for they would probably reply “our salvation”. But this is more or less a theological answer rather than an experiential one. and there is surely more to it than that. Salvation, for example, belongs to those who endure to the end; who work out their salvation in fear and trembling; so to trust in God for our salvation is correct of course but it doesn’t begin and end for us there.
It is worth thinking about what we trust God for and what that means for us in our daily life. Do we trust Him to take direction and control of our lives? If so, does that mean we give up our own direction and control to Him? And how does that work out in a practical way? He wants to take us by the hand and lead us every step of the way but He can only do that if we give up our self direction and absolutely surrender our souls to Him.
Do we trust Him to come and occupy our souls so that all we do, think and say is actually coming from Him? That’s what He wants to do, but He can only do that as we give up our souls to His rule and authority. He will only rule in our lives as we let Him. Do we trust Him to put on the new man, the one being created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the truth? He can only do that as we ourselves put off the old man; the two cannot abide together.
The truth is that if we are willing to surrender and give up the self life of self interest, self decisions, self thoughts, self deeds, self esteem, self importance etc., we can then trust Him to come and occupy the space we have vacated and guide us into all holiness and purity of heart.