“Remove any of your fear with faith. Trust in the power of God to guide you.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard. This quote is written on a post-it note affixed to my computer at work. It reminds me every day of the importance of trust in God.
If someone were to ask me, “Do you trust in God?” I would reply, “Absolutely!” But do I really? I know I want to trust in God with my whole heart, but sometimes I let fear get the better part of me. I fear what unanticipated life challenges will come my way. I can’t get on social media without reading about tragedy in someone’s life. I know of great challenges that have affected family members and loved ones, and I know I am not immune to tragedy.
Yet, God asks us to trust Him.
While studying what it means to trust God, I came across the legal definition of the word trust: “Confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of property to be held or used for the benefit of one or more others.”
After reading this definition of trust, I realized that perhaps I need to change my way of thinking about trust in God. Originally, I viewed trust in God as the belief that everything will work out and be okay. While that belief is vital, I need to also have confidence that God will use my life to benefit others.
I think this new perspective of trust can benefit us when the path looks dark and it seems like things won’t work out. If we can view trust as confidence that God will use our lives to benefit others, perhaps we’ll feel less depressed when the path becomes dark.
As I said in the beginning of this post, I have no idea what unanticipated life challenges will come my way, and sometimes that uncertainty overwhelms me. My trust in God is not perfect, but I want to trust God with my whole heart. I believe trust is a journey, and God doesn't expect our trust to be perfect today. He just wants us to try to trust Him a little more each day than we did the prior day.
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