Trust in the Lord, delight in the Lord and commit thy way to the Lord (Psalm 37:3-6)
In Mathew 5:25 Jesus suggests that we should trust God for all our provisions.
He does not mean here that we should sit back and wait for manna to fall down from heaven. On the other hand, he discourages overly concern about physical needs, even if they are basic.
For survival, work or effort is required. The saying is indeed true, that God helps those who help themselves.
Through the parable of the talents, Jesus appreciates all those who work hard and put their skills to productive use.
The same is implied in the scriptures about our emotional and spiritual life. We are advised to cultivate habits and practices that will keep us stable and focused.
Nothing serves us better than the desire to find our delight in God’s presence to maintain our spiritual health. The Psalmist stated this beautifully, ‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God’ (Psalm 42:1). We are created to long for the presence of God in our lives.
Trust implies total surrender to God’s will, which is, that we first seek his kingdom. All of Jesus’ teachings including his prayer that he taught us, point to the reality of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom was, is and will come. Even as we live, it is being realized. The parables about the kingdom are laden with values of love, peace, justice, and compassion. If we say we trust God, it is incumbent upon us to practice and promote these values in all aspects of our individual and social life.
And while doing this and/or while bearing witness to Christ, we are likely to face hurdles and even threats to life from those wielding enormous power. Jesus tells us that we will not be left alone in such circumstances to fend for ourselves. The Spirit of God will prompt and guide us to sail through (Mathew 10:20). Even though we walk through the valley of shadow of death, as the Psalmist says, we will fear no evil (Psalm 23:4).
Let the following lines be our song and prayer as well.
‘Trust in the Lord and don’t despair. He is a friend so true. No matter what your troubles are, Jesus will see you through.’
A Prayer of Trust by John Nordan (1591)
When have I come unto thee, and have been rejected? Never hath my complaint been put back, but lovingly heard, and my petitions granted, so that I rest assured of thy continual help. I am forced, good Father, to see thee daily, and thou offerest thyself daily to be found: whensoever I seek, I find thee, in my house, in the fields, in the temple, and in the highway. Whatsoever I do, thou art ever with me; If I be oppressed, thou defendest me, if I be envied, thou guardest me; if I hunger, thou feedest me; whatsoever I want thou givest me. O continue this thy loving kindness towards me forever…