As I move through the worldly challenges of cooperating with the Spirit and embracing the gift of Faith, the attribute of God that I find most present and meaningful for me now is that God is Trustworthy.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart ,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
To give up reliance on my own insight and reason, to acknowledge that the paths I’ve cut for myself are in vital need of straightening, to be submit my intellect and will—all of this is an act of trusting that in letting go I will not fall.
4 Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust ,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
False gods are reason-able. Worldly idols are precisely those that fit easily into our limited eyes and minds; however misguided and destructive they may be, they can be numbered and measured and rationalized. It is immeasurably more difficult to trust in the unreasonable because it requires a complete and total trust – that is, a trust that does not test and so needs no number or measure. That God is trustworthy is a truth to which I must commit for true trust calls for no justification and none is offered (save as a promise but, of course, one must trust in the promise-maker to accept the promise).
1 Peter 1:21
21 Through [Christ] you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
Coming to see God in the world has meant recognizing as ‘signs’ of God’s working that which I’d previously dismissed as convenient coincidence or synchronicity. The danger of signs, however, is that so often we expect that we know what the sign means; and if what is delivered is not what was expected, we can become upset with God—when the fault was really in the presumptuousness of our own thinking and expectation. God is trustworthy, it is enough that he reveals that he is working. Our trust in Him should assure us that, where He works, the work will be good.
I’ve made for myself a constant reminder that these signs do not tell you where the road is going, they only mark whose road you’re on. To trust is not to know the destination and yet to believe that trip is worth taking no matter where it leads.