Trust...And Why We Should

12.22.08 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[2]

We see and use the word every day.  'Such and such Bank and Trust Company.'  "In God We Trust" printed on our currency.  Game show hosts point their finger at anxious contestants and ask, "Who do you trust?" 

Well, given the recent economic fallout, people are questioning many financial institutions' credibility.  Having a phrase printed on a twenty-dollar bill is a hollow statement when many of our nation's citizens do not take it to heart.  And when a person is asked who they trust, their answer is frequently based on their expectation of some sort of return - I'll place my trust in you because doing so will bring something of tangible value back to me.

As we draw closer to Christmas day, I think of Mary and the strange position she was in when the angel spoke to her:  "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

Whatever thoughts and emotions ran through her heart and head in those moments, her response was one of utter trust: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."

Mary trusted God.  There was nothing casual or off-handed in her response.  Now I suppose if an angel appeared, literally, to me, and spoke, and I understood his voice, I might very well respond too but there'd probably be a degree of fear and trembling involved.  Honestly, I'm not sure trust would be my first response.  But Mary...trusted...God.

As we go through the Christmas season and sing the carols and read the familiar story I pray we'll remember to trust God with our lives as well and not with a "what's in it for me?" mindset.  God wants to do miraculous things through us for His glory, but it all starts with our trusting Him.  As Mary did.  Simply.  Deliberately.  Unreservedly.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 12.22.08 John Carter commented

I agree, with more trust in the world in any situation, friends, families, especially God's plan, life would be more right and less turbulent day by day.

on 12.26.08 Danielle Henery commented

great blog