The definition of “trust” as a verb is to “believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.” Trust is often hard for many people, but I see it becoming more and more of a struggle for Christians (I will be the first to admit it in my own life). Trusting God is hard. Of course, no one ever said it would be easy. In fact, Paul wrote much on the hardships that we would face, but he said to “count it all joy” when we endure hardships. Why? Because we are enduring it for the glory of God. God made us a promise. Ok, he made us several different promises, but the one I’m referring to in particular is in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That is his promise…He will work everything according to HIS purpose….not ours. That is the first obstacle that I struggle with in regards to trust. It’s my life, so I have the good plan, right? I know where I want to go in life, so my plan must be the one. NOT SO. We really have no concept of what life really is…life is what God gives us. Yes, it is a gift…not a right or something to own. It’s a pure and simple gift from the creator of the universe. We hold tight to the promises that God gives us…at the moment i’m holding tight to Romans 8:28….but not everyone has read the preceding chapters in Romans. Specifically Romans 4:16, “That is why the fufilliment of God’s promise depends entirely on on trusting God and his waym and then simply embracing him and what he does.” So, my challenge to you and myself this new year of 2010 (wow!), is to fully put our trust in Him. When He says “jump”, we do jump not looking down, but rather looking up into the face of our glorious Saviour whose mercy is new every morning and whose promises never fail. Happy New Year, friends!