Trust in God isn’t a thin hope in some not very sure outcome. Hope in God is rather a present investment in a future guarantee. What God says, will be done. What God has promised, will come to pass. His word is reliable because, in his grace, he wants to bless us and in his power he has the ability to do anything he’s promised to do. When you live with his promises in view, you live with confidence, courage, and unshakable hope. You then become free of anxiety and worry. You become free of vain attempts to manipulate people and situations in order to get what you want. You place yourself in the hands of a sovereign God of grace who knows exactly what you need, when you need it, how you need it, and where you’ll need it. And because your Father is good, he’ll never turn a deaf ear to your cries and he’ll never abandon you in your hour of need. No, you won’t always understand what he’s doing and you’ll be tempted to think that he’s gotten his timing wrong, but the more you entrust your life to him the more you’ll experience his faithful grace again and again.
This quote, by Paul Tripp, changed my life.
Even as I begin the really painful process of saying goodbye, even as I wonder what I’ll do next year, even as I have no idea what lies ahead, I can trust.