Trust is sometimes rewarded with the answer … sometimes an answer or on occasion, no answer.
Trust is not a creed we learn and repeat until memorized. Trust is confidence in a Person who has the ability to hear and respond when we turn to him.
Trust does not ask for the suspension of reason or observation. We aren’t asked to put our heads in the sand. God doesn’t minimize the challenge, doesn’t scold us for feeling hopelessly outnumbered at times. He just asks us to trust his ability and heart.
This was demonstrated when the three Hebrew young men (Daniel 3) refuse to bow to a false god. Threatened by being thrown into a raging fire they respond that their God is able to save them … but even if He doesn’t they will trust Him for the outcome. (“You can burn me, but you cannot turn me!”)
Trust takes into account that God knows more than we and whatever is at the end of our wait, He is there for us and with us.
Trust has more confidence in the Person than in what’s being asked for. In other words, I may not get what I want, when I want it and for the purposes I have in mind … but I do know the Father and trust Him more than I trust myself.
Solomon said, “If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:5,6 Living Bible
And how does this look in real time life? It means we aren’t standing on a stage singing “I Did It My Way” but humbly kneeling backstage trusting God and asking Him to do it ‘his way.’
Deep down we know that his way is the right way … every time!
“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay,
and you are the potter.” Isaiah 64:8 NLT