So many Christians constantly struggle with keeping their trust in God. Whether it be other
people, the government, their own knowledge, or whatever else it may be, humans easily lose focus on what they should be trusting in and instead turn to other sources of comfort. The problem is that these sources will never be able to fully live up to our expectations and the amount of trust we put in them, so we as believers will always be let down by the world.
That’s when we should turn to the Lord. Psalm 139:7-12 beautifully explains the kind of trust we
should be focusing on Him, demonstrating the amount of awesome power and omniscience of God.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into
heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
These verses intimately show how God will never leave us or forsake us, no matter the
circumstances. Even if everything feels like it’s lost or we’re in the dark, unsure of what to do, God will hold us up. The darkness doesn’t even affect Him—the passage says “The darkness and the light are both alike to You [God].” When our own frailty causes us to stumble in our lives Gods faithful hand will lead us and hold us up.
These verses are so comforting in the midst of our lives, whether we’re going through a
particular struggle or simply having trouble fully depending on God. The temptation to slip away from our faith and trust in other things can oftentimes be high, but as this passage states, we can never fully hide from God. He will always be there, whether to bring us back to Him or show us the error of our ways through the consequences for our mistakes.
But it doesn’t stop there. Our mistakes will have consequences, to be sure, but God won’t leave
us at our lowest point. If we put our trust in him the way this passage states, He will raise us up again so we can return to depending on His lead and knowledge. And that is both the kind of trust He desires and the stability we are promised in His word.
Rachel MacDonald (17) is on staff with CLM/TPS Chapel and a senior at The Potter's School.