Blind Trust

Feb. 28, 2021

Scripture Readings

I want to start by saying that Psalm 27 is my second favourite Psalm of all time. These words have been encouraging me, for years. In it, David is not having a good time, and again experiencing adversity in his life. And yet, he considers himself as safe as can be, asking only to dwell with God himself. He has this humbling desperation for the Lord that is evident throughout the passage.

And of course, it’s the last two verses that bring it home; “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; and wait for the Lord!”

David’s heart is very much in contrast to the heart of the young man in Mark 10. Even though he spent his whole life carefully keeping God’s commandments, when told that to inherit eternal life he must give all he has to the poor, he considers the venture a lost cause.

This, compared to the king who is seeking God’s face while hiding for his life!

I know I am more often the young man holding onto his possessions than I am David, who offers sacrifices whilst praising God. Just recently I was offered the easy way out of something. To be exact, it was the “easy way” to pass a final for an extremely difficult class. I wish I could say it was easy to say no, but it was actually quite a challenge to do so. It was a moment where I had to blindly trust that what God says is better than what I thought. I ended up failing the class, and for a whole day it felt like the literal end of the world. I thought, “God is asking me to give up so much for him.” As if this was a bad thing. As if he wasn’t about to give me oodles more blessings. As if he isn’t my God, who is gracious enough to even offer this amazing exchange to us. 

In Luke 9 verses 24 and 25 Jesus tells us, “whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what good is it for man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” 

My question exactly. 

Rachel Gabriel

Youth leader and university student