Choice is the great power and the great responsibility of each person. The most vital choice we make is about where we place our faith – the landing pad for our trust. There are a thousand choices we make every day that inform and reflect that vital decision.
When we choose to trust God, it is like knocking over the first domino. We can then move through the world, one foot in front of the other, one decision at a time, with effective purpose.
When, instead, we choose to trust our circumstances, it is like wrapping ourselves in a straightjacket. We are forfeiting our ability to choose. The circumstances choose on our behalf. We cast ourselves as the victim and can’t seem to get the dominoes to line up right.
God is trustworthy. He remains faithful. He invented faithfulness. His patience guides and directs us, catching us when we fall. He protects us from being tempted beyond our ability.
Trusting in God prevents our hearts from drifting into oblivion. It frees us from the shackles of bondage, most often self-imposed. It gives us confidence to face whatever lies ahead.
Trust is a decision. And it allows us to decide.
The only way to break free of the straightjacket of trusting circumstances is to perceive God for who he is, put our trust in him, and perceive our circumstances for what they are worth – the arena for continued choices.