Whenever I watch a movie, I have to sit on my hands to avoid hitting fast forward to see how it ends. I can’t stand suspense. It’s like I can’t trust the director to get the characters out of the jam they’re in and on to the happy-ever-after ending. I also find myself second-guessing the director throughout the movie about the plot, the dialogue, the scenery, the wardrobe — basically everything.
One time my wife and I rented the first season of the TV show 24. I basically stayed up all night trying to cram all 24 episodes into one real-life 24-hour period because I couldn’t stand not knowing how it ended. And then when I got to the last episode, I almost had a heart attack because it didn’t end. I basically had to pummel myself into submission to avoid watching the entire second and third and fourth and fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth seasons right then and there.
Get the picture?
Unfortunately, I live my life that way, too. Whenever I get in a jam or things start to look dark, I find myself doubting that God knows what He’s doing. When I pray I find I spend more time trying to direct God than letting him direct me.
To put it simply, I lack trust.
So, I decided to do something about it. I read through every single verse in the Bible that contains the word “trust” and asked God to help me get over myself. What I found humbled, comforted and frequently amazed me. Here’s a mere sampling:
- Don’t trust yourself. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, “No one sees me.” Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, “I am, and there is none besides me.” (Isaiah 47:10)
- Don’t trust man. This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:5)
- Trust God alone. But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)
- All your heart. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
- All times. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him. (Psalm 62:8)
- No worry. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. (John 14:1)
- No fear. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
- Refuge. The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)
- Strength. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)
- Safety. Whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)
- Love. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
- Secure. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)
- Blessed. But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. (Jeremiah 17:7)
- Forever. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is the rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:4)
Here’s one last verse:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)