We say we trust God, but do we? Many of us have decided to turn our will and life over to the care of God, but let’s check ourselves and see if we are living up to the call. Most of us believe in a loving God, so it makes perfect sense that we should come to him for help and guidance. We call on God when we’re in trouble and hopefully we thank Him when we are not. But do we really trust God? Do we really believe that God cares so much about us that he is consistently guiding us and wanting the best for us?
If we really trust God and believe that he is actively involved in our lives, then we should be relaxed and confident in all our daily affairs. Of course, we must develop and maintain a real relationship with God, praying and receiving the sacraments. But once we’ve asked God to guide us, we really need to be ready to accept whatever the answer is. Even when we don’t understand or even like it. That’s the basis of real trust relationship with God.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
– Matthew 6:25-34
Putting our will and lives into the care of God doesn’t mean we do nothing and expect the best outcome. What it means is that we are continuously fostering a relationship with God to the point where we trust Him. We pray, we ask, we do what we believe God wants, and most importantly we accept what happens as being guided by the same God.
The practice of this basic principal – turning our will and lives over to the care of God, can lead to an intrinsic attitude of peace and happiness. We may not like all that happens in our lives, but we can have confidence that whatever occurs, happens for a reason and that we are truly guided by a loving God that has our best interests in mind.