The psalmist wrote, “O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge” (Ps. 62:8, NLT, emphasis added). Some people believe that trust is just for the big stuff, like when a doctor says, “It’s incurable!” Or the banker says, “It’s overdrawn!” Or your spouse says, “It’s over!” However, failing to trust God with the small stuff is where I often stumble. My problem lies in holding false assumptions. I mistakenly think that I can handle the little things as long as God takes care of the big problems. But that’s not trust at all. Trust is for the big stuff, the small stuff and all the stuff in between!
Trusting God, a profound book written by Jerry Bridges, offers this insight:
[A] pitfall in trusting God, which we are prone to fall into, is to turn to God in trust in greater crisis experiences of life while seeking to work through the minor difficulties ourselves. A disposition to trust in ourselves is part of our sinful nature. It sometimes takes a major crisis, or at least a moderate one, to turn us toward the Lord. A mark of Christian maturity is to continually trust the Lord in the minutiae of daily life. If we learn to trust God in the minor adversities, we will be better prepared to trust him in the major ones.
My friend, Dianne, told me the following story. It illustrates perfectly the concept of trusting God at all times.
A wealthy employer, who possessed an estate on the ocean, a yacht docked at the shore and multiple foreign cars parked in the garage, invited an employee and his wife to dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Because they couldn’t afford this kind of extravagance, they were intrigued and a bit intimidated.
As the three entered the exclusive eatery, the boss stopped suddenly, stared down at the pavement and then stooped over to pick up a penny lying on the street next to a cigarette butt. He held it up in his manicured hand and with a smile placed it in his pocket as though it were a pearl of great price.
How absurd, the employee’s wife thought to herself. This man needs a penny like he needs another pebble for his handsomely Landscaped yard. Why bother picking it up? Throughout dinner, the strange scene plagued her. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection and asked the wealthy man whether the penny he had found was valuable.
Grinning like Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire cat, he removed the penny from his pocket and held it out in front of her.
“Look at it,” he said. “Read what it says.”
She read aloud, “United States of America.”
“Not that; what else?” he challenged.
“One cent?” She questioned.
“No, keep reading.”
Impatiently she said, “What? In God We Trust?”
The well appointed gentlemen nodded, saying, “If I trust in God, then I believe that His name is holy, even on a coin. Every single coin minted in the United States has that reminder stamped on it. But most of us never seem to notice. It’s as if God dropped a message right in front of us to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? So, when I find a stray penny, I stop to ask myself whether my trust is in God at that moment. Picking up that penny instead of passing it by is my way of telling God that I do trust in Him. I think it’s God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!”
How about you? Do you trust God with the daily minutiae as as well as the major dilemmas in your life? Philip Bennett Power, Scottish minister and author, wrote:
The daily circumstances of life will afford us opportunities enough for glorifying God in trust, without our waiting for extraordinary calls upon our faith. Let us remember that the extraordinary circumstances of life are but few; that much of life may slip past without their occurrence; and that if we are not faithful and trusting in that which is little, we are not likely to be in that which is great…Let our trust be reared in the humble nursery of our own daily experience, with its ever recurring little wants, and trials, and sorrows; and then, when need be, it will come forth, to do such great things as are required of it.
As you reflect on the passage above, ask yourself, When do I trust God-rarely, sometimes, or always in all ways?