When You “Don’t Care” to Trust

by Lester Young

“Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 God’s Word Translation).

Most Christians probably know that verse of Scripture quite well – heard it a thousand times. Throughout the Bible we’re both encouraged and directed to trust the Lord, and we should certainly heed those instructions. But has anyone else besides me noticed that when you get right down to it, placing your total trust in someone – even if that someone is Someone – is not automatically the most “natural” thing in the world to do? And even more so if you can’t see them?

You know, now that I stop to think about it, ‘trust’ is one of those abstract terms that’s difficult to craft a precise definition for. Oh, I think we all have a sense of awareness about it, but actually expressing the meaning in descriptive terminology – without using the word ‘trust’ itself – is not quite as straightforward as you might initially think. Go ahead, take a few moments and try it – I’ll wait.

See what I mean? You think God wasn’t aware way back when that some of us might have a little bit of trouble with a speed bump like that? Of course He was. So He didn’t just leave the term sitting out there like a… well, a speed bump… in the middle of the street. He went ahead and did something about it.

In order to see God’s strategy, let’s take a look at how He engineered ‘Love’. Now the human perception of love is rooted almost completely in our emotions and feelings. That in itself makes the principle of unconditional, unchanging love virtually – if not totally – impossible. But the God-kind of love – the kind we’re called to live by – isn’t based in the human soul (our mind and emotions). God’s Love – Spiritual love – by definition is from the spirit, and it’s not based on how we feel but on what we do (John 3:16; 1 John 4:16-17). In other words, it’s both shown and recognized by our actions – which further means that walking in or not walking in Love is totally within the purview of our own will. As Jesus declared, “The person who does what I tell him or her to do is the one who loves Me” (John 14:21-24 paraphrased, 15:10). So, put bluntly, God didn’t leave us any abstracts or excuses to slip up on: He simply left us the choice of obedience (Deuteronomy 30:19).

He did the very same thing with the concept of Trust. The definition of the Hebrew word batach bears this out, because it’s rendered into all of the following English terms: ‘trust,’ ‘bold,’ ‘confident,’ ‘secure,’ ‘sure,’ ‘put confidence,’ ‘make to hope’ and ‘careless’. Now notice that last one. Being “care”-less – that is, ‘not caring’ or ‘without care’ – is how we’re instructed to always keep ourselves: “Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: [by] casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

By resisting and casting over onto God all worried, anxious and troubled thoughts – regardless of what they’re about – you’re actually showing Him (and the devil, too) that you’re obediently placing yourself and your well-being under the Lord’s protective shadow (Psalm 91:2-4; 1 Peter 5:6). And that’s tantamount to saying right out loud, “I trust you”. It doesn’t mean you’ll never have another worried thought; it means you aggressively fight off any and all worried thoughts that come by verbally countering them with God’s promises of deliverance, health, supply, prosperity and safety (Luke 4:13; Mark 11:23-24; John 14:1, 27; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Hebrews 3:1-2).

Think about it: You can’t actually be trusting someone to do what they said they’d do and still be worried about the issue at the same time, can you? At any given moment, you’re either doing one or you’re doing the other. Indeed, when you look at it that way, the two – worry and trust – are pretty much mutually exclusive, aren’t they? And that’s precisely why ‘careless’ is also one of the renderings of that Hebrew word we translate as ‘trust’. It’s why – in God’s language – being “care-free” is absolutely synonymous with trusting in Him… which is the way He’s always meant for us to live.

As current citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, care-less trust in is actually now our most “natural” state-of-being (Philippians 3:20). We just need to remember that and practice it!


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2 Comments to “When You “Don’t Care” to Trust”

  1. You know, I don’t think we ever see God’s strategy. That is in his sovereignty. God Is God. He didn’t give it up for Job so He won’t give it up for us. However, He wants us to use the faith we have and step off the ledge. And when we fall we can expect Him to catch us because we are right in his hands. And that is trust. Stepping off the ledge knowing that God will catch me.
    Nice article that made me think about His goodness.
    Have a great weekend.

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