“Trust God” is sometimes spoken or received as nothing more than a cliché.
“Got cancer? Trust God and you’ll be alright.”
“Lose your job? Just trust in God and He will provide for your needs.”
“Need to know God’s will on a certain decision? Trust God for wisdom.”
Here’s the problem: what if you don’t find another job or His will does not become obvious or the cancer is terribly painful and takes your life. It is very hard to trust God in circumstances like these Paul didn’t learn to trust God until he asked 3x for the thorn to be removed (II Cor 12:1-10).
So, is it enough to just say, “Trust in God?” Answer: yes.
How so? Here is what David teaches us –
“Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? All day long they injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil. They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life. For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God! You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life” (Ps 56).
No cliché’s there, right?
What David learned is something we need to grasp. David learned that in order to trust God you to have a thriving, deep, personal relationship with God. You have to know God to trust Him; you have to trust in His abilities and nature. Those who know God will trust Him; you trust Him because of who He is. People with weak theology struggle to trust God. If you have a low view of God, you will struggle with trusting God.
David wrote elsewhere, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; …” (Ps 9:10). To know God is to trust Him. It is a cognitive and volitional choice to trust him … not some cliché phrase you just accept.
To know Him is more than knowing facts about Him. It involves being able to recall His wonderful works on the pages of Scripture at a moment’s notice and be reminded of His sovereignty, His wisdom, His perfect love, etc.