Surrounded by the natural, the explainable, and the obvious, even the Christian may fail to appreciate the fact that the God in whom he trusts is supernatural, that his Son is the supernatural Saviour and that the Holy Spirit is supernatural in his being, presence, and power. But the more we realize this fact, the greater our comfort, hope, and usefulness as Christians.
There is not a moment of our lives that we do not, consciously or unconsciously, exercise faith—in a person, an object, or a law. We sit in a chair because we believe it will bear our weight. We ride in an elevator because we believe it is constructed and maintained to carry people safely from one floor to another. We ride in an automobile because we have confidence that it can take us to our destination. That these objects of our confidence are generally trustworthy is an unending source of comfort and satisfaction. Remove this confidence and life becomes a nightmare.
For the Christian there exists a greater source of confidence, inexhaustible in its help, comfort, and blessing. David in Psalm 40:4 says: “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust.…” We trust in the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God, who is loving, kind and gracious.
David, a “man after God’s own heart,” a sinner transformed to saint through a penitent and believing heart, wrote these words in his later years: “For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth” (Ps. 71:5). Such confidence is needed today, and it comes to those who turn in faith to the One who is altogether trustworthy.
“Trust” is a wonderful word. It suggests a “refuge”—a place of safety, peace, and calm in the midst of stress and danger.
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