Day Four: Trusting God to provide and protect
He will not let your foot slip —
he who watches over you will not slumber;
The Lord watches over you –
The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
Psalm 121: 5-8
It’s no wonder that the pilgrims sang this song to each other on the road to Jerusalem. There were dangers everywhere. They had to combine faith and trust to make the journey. We are on our way. We have looked at the world, ourselves and at our Creator. Now comes a new question: Can we trust Him? The journey to the heart of God requires faith and trust. But how to we develop them? It all seems a little risky.
If I climb out on a strange limb, I choose to risk that the limb will be strong enough to hold me. This is an act of faith. If I have been out on the limb before, and it has held me, I will have some trust in it. I will still need to make the choice of faith that the limb has not weakened since the last time, but I face less of a risk because of my preexisting trust. . . Faith looks to trust and often chooses to rely on it, but it is always a risk.
We learn from experience that God is good because we have risked that God is good. . . For each layer of trust that builds up, another, more challenging risk is offered. True faith choices therefore always feel like risks; they just go on, involving deeper and deeper levels of our being.
Gerald May, Addiction and Grace
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But, I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
What are risks to drawing close to God? What are the possible benefits? It seems confusing. To develop trust in Him we have to trust Him. Can we take a step toward Him and see what happens?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.