January 13

Yet you brought me out of the womb, you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
PSALM 22:9

God requires us to trust from our birth. In the beginning we’re totally dependent on others. God uses doctors, nurses, and midwives to navigate us out of the birth canal. There’s nothing we could do to gain access into this life other than wait on the warm embrace of others.
God Himself worked to bring us into the world. He conceived us and brought us out of our mother’s womb. God stamped on our infant soul, “Trust in Me is required.”
We were born desperately needy. The milk from our mother’s breast sustained our life. She was our lifeline. She was the nurturer we trusted without reservation. In the same way, we depend on the milk of God’s Word. We’re babies in need of the elementary principles of the faith. At the genesis of our faith we were infants who drew life from our Savior Jesus. We trusted Him totally as our redeemer and refuge. Trust was required then and is still required now.

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness” (Hebrews 5:13).

In this life we never graduate from our Savior’s school of trust. We’re there until we graduate to heaven. It’s a required course for Christ followers. He loved us in our infancy, and He doesn’t cast us off in our riper years. He was our God when we left our mother, and He’ll be our God when we return to mother earth. Be glad that God requires trust in Him. Trust connects us to Christ. The closer our walk with Jesus, the higher our level of faith.
In all relationships, trust is required. Don’t replace trust in others with skepticism because of the few who’ve fractured your faith in people. If you trust God, you can trust others. Little faith in God leads to little faith in people. A big faith in God thinks the best of others. Don’t be defensive with your spouse or co-workers. Trust them until they cannot be trusted. Trust facilitates trust. A robust and growing relationship with Jesus and people requires trust.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
What’s the result of total trust in God’s trustworthiness? How can I grow in righteousness?

Related Readings
Psalms 37:5; 118:9; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 8:17; John 14:1; Acts 14:23

By Rev. Michael Mayer

Lutheran Pastor of two small Lutheran Churches in rural SW Ontario.