The Literal Meaning of Trust

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

I have many hobbies, but perhaps one of my favorites is cooking. To me, the entire process of creating food from scratch is satisfying – and, in varying degrees, my kids have grown to enjoy cooking and baking as well.

My youngest, Rowan, made homemade marshmallows with me earlier this week. How amazed he was to see a hot mixture of gelatin, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt transform into fluffy marshmallow as it whipped in my trusty KitchenAid mixer! And the look on his face as he tasted it – wonder, satisfaction, and delight.

Even my oldest, Aidan, whose reactions are always understated at best, grinned and declared them way better than store-bought marshmallows.

However, we don’t normally make such sugary goodies anymore. These will be a special treat for making s’mores with friends and family.

In recent months, we’ve been experimenting paleo or keto recipes, making sugar-free or gluten-free substitutions when possible.

And it’s been interesting, to say the least. Some of the first recipes we tried were complete flops, and we even threw away entire batches of baked goods. I felt as if I were learning to cook all over again, as ingredients such as coconut flour, almond flour, arrowroot flour, and almond milk reacted completely differently from their “normal” counterparts. I couldn’t rely on my old cooking instincts. I had to go in blind, as the saying goes, and trust that the recipe would turn out right.

Eventually, we discovered some amazing and creative bloggers whose recipes could always be trusted. (Two of my favorites, linked here, are TexanErin and PaleoRunningMomma.) They test their recipes many times before posting the final versions, and we reap the benefits of their time and expertise in this relatively new approach to cooking and baking.

I know now that I can trust their recipes completely. Some, such as TexanErin’s gluten-free chocolate zucchini muffins, are even better than the traditional version, and far better than any recipe I could create myself.

Perhaps one of the loveliest and most familiar verses on the Bible on the topic of trust is Proverbs 3:5.

Of course, we know that we can and should trust our heavenly Father. He always has our best in mind. No one loves us as purely and deeply and wisely as He does.

But I don’t always live according to that knowledge. In my day-to-day life, I make many decisions without trusting them to the Father.

Commentator David Guzik explains that the trust expressed in Proverbs 3:5 indicates a complete surrender, literally meaning, “to lie helpless, facedown.” It’s an image with which the ancient Israelites would have been familiar, that of a soldier fully yielding himself to a commander who has earned his loyalty and respect.

It brought to my mind David and his mighty men, who trusted and loved David enough to risk their lives for him, time and time again.

And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord. – 2 Samuel 23:16

That sort of trust is more than just believing in someone in a general way. It’s woven with loyalty, humility, submission, reverence, sacrifice, and love.

When next I consider the depth of my trust in God, I pray that I’ll recall what trust truly means and practice it in my life.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. – Psalm 34:8

What images does trust bring to your mind? How has God proven trustworthy in your life? I welcome your comments.

9 thoughts on “The Literal Meaning of Trust”

  1. When considering trust, I immediately think of the parent/child dynamic. Kids the age of my grandchildren, the oldest closing in on 5, will hear Mom and Dad say everything’s okay, and they believe it without hesitation. God calls us to the same sort of relationship, I believe, wanting us to grow and stand strong on our own two feet, but wanting us also to believe Him and trust Him without hesitation.

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