Reflection: Sometimes I find a paraphrase Bible useful for helping me to really understand something – here’s what the Amplified Bible says about ‘trust’ in John 6:29:
“This is the work that God asks of you: that you believe (have trust in, rely on, and have faith) in the One whom he has sent.”
The word ‘trust’ comes from the word Greek pisteuo which appears in the New Testament over 200 times. I get the feeling that if God says something over 200 times it might be important so if you take a closer look you’ll find that although pisteuo is mostly translated as ‘belief’ in our English Bibles, a more accurate meaning is ‘to put one’s faith in; or to trust.’ That changes everything because that makes trust a verb – something you do – something that you choose to do. I had always thought of trust as a feeling but it’s not. It’s a very real, everyday action that we choose or not. It’s work – sometimes hard and tough work that like most hard work, has the potential to change everything.
Author Ann Voskamp writes:
That’s my daily work, the work God asks of me. To trust. The work I shirk. To trust in the Son, to trust in the wisdom of this moment, to trust in now. And trust is that: work. The work of trusting love. Intentional and focused. Sometimes, too often, I don’t want to muster the energy. Stress and anxiety seem easier. Easier to let a mind run wild with the worry than to exercise discipline, to reign her in, slip the blinders on and train her to walk steady in certain assurance.
Question: Ann Voskamps asks: are stress and worry evidence of a soul too lazy and too undisciplined to keep my gaze fixed on God? Can you identify with Ann?
Prayer: I confess that I do carry stress and worry that I should rightly leave with you, Lord. Let me share it with you now…