“The supreme need in most of our lives is often the most overlooked–namely, the need for an uncompromising trust in the love of God.” -Brennan Manning
Trust. It’s the thing that pleases God most. A heart that is open, and with a child-like disposition lays itself willingly into the hands of a God; a God that is believed to be consistently good. This belief, this trust, is faith at work in an often ugly and dark world.
Trust at work in our lives lights up the darkness around us.
The trust that He is all, when we don’t yet see His provision completely or understand His ways entirely.
To walk boldly, yet humbly on the tightrope of life, trusting Him to be that unfailing net that is under us, always strong, always enough. This trust gives us confidence to keep walking. And at the same time, to trust that He is in control of the wind that blows us off that tightrope of life. The same wind, that if we allow it, blows us into the safe place of His loving arms.
And in it all, trust that He has our best in mind. This type of trust is not for the faint of heart, but as Brennan Manning pens, it is “ruthless trust” that gives God’s heart the most pleasure.
“The splendor of a human heart which trusts that it is loved gives God more pleasure than Westminster Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, the sight of ten thousand butterflies in flight, or the scent of a million orchids in bloom.
Trust is our gift back to God, and he finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for love of it.”
“Unwavering trust is a rare and precious thing because it often demands a degree of courage that borders on the heroic. When the shadow of Jesus’ cross falls across our lives in the form of failure, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, unemployment, loneliness, depression, the loss of a loved one; when we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own pain; when the world around us suddenly seems a hostile, menacing place-at those times we may cry out in anguish, ‘HOW COULD A LOVING GOD PERMIT THIS TO HAPPEN?’ At such moments, the seeds of distrust are sown. It requires heroic courage to trust in the love of God no matter what happens to us.” Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust
Friends, I have found, and continue to find that He is so, abundantly, trustworthy. May we grow step by step, thought by thought, prayer by prayer in our trust of God’s loving heart towards us.
In Jesus’ words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust in Me.” John 14:1