A Living Trust
(Not the tool for conveying your assets without probate.)
Elizabeth’s post yesterday about a Trusting Love
was poignant and encouraging. The past couple weeks, God has been reminding me and urging me to trust him. I know that trusting in the Lord this upcoming year will be absolutely necessary to my sanity and growth as I finish law school, study for the bar exam, look for a job and possibly leave Miami. I am conscious of that fact and am actively praying for the ability to trust, yet often find myself with my fist clenched in a desire to maintain (the illusion of) control.
As Elizabeth expressed yesterday, if we love our God, we will trust Him. But we can also trust our God because he loves us deeply. Trust and love do go hand in hand.
Trust and love must be expressed in order to have meaning. Faith is dead without works (James 2:20). God showed his love for us by sending his Son to die (Romans 5:8). And a proclaimed trust means little without acknowledging Him in all of our ways (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I love the verses Elizabeth shared yesterday
about God’s promised response to my trust in Him. But it starts with giving my heart, keeping my eyes on his ways, and knowing my Lord’s name. Practically, that means spending time in prayer, fellowship and scripture, surrendering all my anxieties, and meditating on his words and sovereignty.
Rather than let the worry of not performing well in my classes or at an interview consume me, I pray for peace and to be reminded of God’s love and will for my life. I recently heard the intro to the Beth Moore ‘Psalms of Ascent’ study and she said something that impacted me. She said that being nervous about a speaking engagement is really her pride- because she expects to perform at a certain level. Beth was reminded by a friend that she may be good, but she’s not that good that she can mess up God’s plan. What a great reminder!
I love reciting Colossians 3:23 about working as if for the Lord, not for men. Maybe because I can control how hard I work. But what about trusting that, after the work is complete, the Lord is in control, not men? I often miss that step in the progression. Meaning, I often miss out on resting in God’s love.
A triplet of verses that has become a theme for me recently is Psalm 32:8-10:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
No mincing words here. Don’t be a mule, or its synonym. Trust in Him.
These verses are another great reminder of the concurrence of trust and love. As we continue to pray the “Long to Love Prayer,” trusting God should be at the forefront of our minds and in the center of our hearts.