A little trust goes a long way

The first couple of days of Grab 5! have focused on the words “surrender” and “trust.”

A little trust goes a long way

As a result, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about those two words.

I wonder if we often say them to people when things aren’t going well and they’re frustrated or upset…in an attempt to assure them that comfort is there for the taking if they…

…just surrender it all to God.

…just trust Him.

While that may be true, I think those expressions (either intentionally or unintentionally) insinuate that someone hasn’t “surrendered” enough or they don’t “trust” enough.

But what is enough? I mean, outside of all, what is enough?

I can tell you from experience that the feeling of “not enough” leads to shame and a sense of unworthiness…like we don’t deserve His love or His rescue because we lack full trust and surrender in all areas of our lives.

But, I don’t think that’s who God is at all. You see, Paul told us that nothing can separate us from the love of God …he didn’t say, well, unless you only trust a little…then, God is out!

I mean, complete trust is hard.

At least, it is for me.

I don’t always trust Him with “all” of my heart.

Deep down, there are places that don’t. Doubt seems to always creep in, and I think that’s okay. I think that’s what stretches us and helps us grow.

You know, when we first become Christians, we don’t just trust Him wholeheartedly overnight. It’s a great thought…it sounds really good, but we’re human. And life has taught so many of us to give away trust with caution.

The victory, though, is that we trusted “enough” to say yes to Him! That is awesome! That, alone, is something to celebrate! That amount of trust, regardless of how big or small, caused angels to rejoice!

Saying yes is just the beginning.

Trust is a lifelong journey.

You see, our trust in God grows over time as we experience his faithfulness.

And man is He faithful!

I think it’s kind of like when you hand the keys to your new car to someone…you trust them enough to drive, but you’re still on edge a little because it’s YOUR new car … Watch that car … That person is backing out … Yellow light! …

Or what about the first time your teenager drives? Whoa! You trust them enough to get behind the wheel, but you’re still pretty apprehensive. You’re still not 100% sure how it will work out, right?

The more they drive, though, the more relaxed you get.

I think what I’m trying to say is that you have to surrender a little bit…you have to have a little trust…before you can have a lot of trust. And you should celebrate the trust you do have, not feel unworthy because of the trust you don’t have.

You shouldn’t be discouraged about where you are on the “a little to a lot” scale.

Cling to the trust you do have.

A little trust …a little surrender …a little faith goes a long way. I’ve heard it moves mountains.

And He loves you the same…no matter what.

I’ve handed God the keys to “my” life, and more and more I’m trying to relax and just let Him drive.

It’s not always easy, but I’m trusting Him more and more.

Stephen

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  • Bob Maistros

    So as I started to read this, I thought that as I get older, I realize that trust is all about relaxing and letting God. And there it was, in the context of the analogy of kids driving.
    “Be anxious for nothing…” is a “trust” verse. “Relax.”