This is the word that rises to the surface as I read through Job.
It takes trust to fall to your knees in grief and worship there after receiving the news of the death of your children.
It takes trust to get up and move forward each day after that.
It takes trust to appeal to what you know about your God when those around you encourage you to give up and curse Him.
It takes trust to stay confident in your identity and convictions when those closest to you question you all the way.
It takes trust to appeal to God knowing how powerful He is but believing that whatever He could do to you would be better than giving in to what you know isn’t true.
It takes trust to humble yourself and admit where you didn’t live up to a perfect standard.
Trustbelieves: “Even now, God in heaven is my witness and my protector.” Job 16:19
Trust remembers: “You, the source of my life, showered me with kindness and watched over me.” Job 10:12
Trust stays humble: “What you say is true. No human is innocent in the sight of God. Not once in a thousand times could we win our case if we took him to court. God is wise and powerful— who could possibly oppose him and win? When God becomes angry, he can move mountains before they even know it.” Job 9:2-5
Trust is not afraid to ask the hard questions: “Why should I patiently hope when my strength is gone?” Job 6:11 “Why is life so hard? Why do we suffer?” Job 7:1
Trust helps us remain faithful: “In spite of everything, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing wrong.” Job 1:22
Trust proclaims: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” Job 19:25-27
Trust stays focused on what’s most important: “Let God All-Powerful be your silver and gold.” Job 22:25
Trust does not depend on sight: “I cannot find God anywhere— in front or back of me, to my left or my right. God is always at work, though I never see him.” Job 23:8-9
Trust relinquishes perceived or desired control: “From the very beginning, God has been in control of all the world.” Job 34:13
Trust leans in when it doesn’t make sense: “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him…” Job 13:15
Jesus, on the best days and the worst, may I trust You and You alone. Teach me to trust. Teach me the humility and peace, the patience and focus, the determination and proclamation of trust. Always. Amen.