But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

Psalm 13:5 (NLT)

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After these events, the Lord’s word came to Abram in a vision, “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your protector. Your reward will be very great.”

But Abram said, “Lord God, what can you possibly give me, since I still have no children? The head of my household is Eliezer, a man from Damascus.” He continued, “Since you haven’t given me any children, the head of my household will be my heir.”

The Lord’s word came immediately to him, “This man will not be your heir. Your heir will definitely be your very own biological child.” Then he brought Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars if you think you can count them.” He continued, “This is how many children you will have.” Abram trusted the Lord, and the Lord recognized Abram’s high moral character.

Genesis 15:1-6

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Financially speaking, a trust is an arrangement in which property or money is held by one person for the benefit of another. Perhaps this definition takes the pressure off of what it means to trust God.

Make no mistake; Abram and Sarai are 100 years old — too old to have as many children as stars in the sky! Neither of them believes without a single doubt that it will happen. Yet, Abram puts one foot in front of the other and begins the process anyway.

Don’t make trusting God too difficult. God’s redeeming work in our lives doesn’t depend on us believing with absolute certainty that it will happen. It can, however, depend on whether or not we hand our lives over to God anyway, even and especially when we have serious doubts about how things will work out.

How could that kind of trust change your college decision, the job you take, how you pursue your calling, the way you confront the deepest pain in life?

Ultimately, trust is how we act our way into faith, not the other way around.

Blake Tommey

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Delivering God, sometimes I have serious doubts about how life with you will work out. Enable me to be obedient and hand my life over to you nonetheless, especially when faith is hard. I need you to keep doing miraculous things and have patience with me as I act my way into faith. Amen.

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Act. Laugh. Breathe. Stand. Free. Doubt. Root. Trust.

Blake Tommey

Blake Tommey lives in Charlottesville, VA where he serves as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Lesley-Ann have a passion for hiking, cooking, and journeying with young adults as they seek to follow Jesus and listen for God.

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