By Christin Van Atta
Recently, the concept of trusting God over mankind has been recurring in my life. It makes me sad when I realize that people so often confuse trust in God with trust in the church, government or society, and that they let their relationship with God suffer because of their relationship with their fellow man who they feel has wronged them.
In this way, we sometimes equate man with God, and we all know that’s a slippery slope.
With all the political and moral turmoil roiling about in America and the world today, trusting man, or ourselves, to solve our problems is tempting. We think, “well I know I’m supposed to trust God to solve our problems at his own speed, but we need answers now. We need peace now. We need love now. So I need to act now.” While I feel like this creates great opportunities for activism and showing Christ to the world, I feel like it also shows how often people turn to each other, instead of God, to create solutions for all the world's problems.
Most times, we expect man to fix man.
But the readings for today are meant to help us fix our eyes on the more important part of the equation: God’s relationship with us.
Just as Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that,” I think we’ve got to remember something similar, “man cannot fix man, only God can do that.”
“More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart…”
“Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.”
God alone can understand the human heart, and the reasons we do the things we do.
It’s not our job to understand why bad things happen, or why people act cruelly or irrationally to one another. It’s our job to fix our eyes on The Way, The Truth, and The Life, the One who can always understand our minds and hearts, and trust that He will bring us through.
Trusting yourself or the people around you to solve your problems is easy. We do it everyday. We see our problems, tangibly placed in front of us, and we strive to manipulate them, fix them, control them.
Trusting God, who remains wholly intangible and frustratingly unseen, takes daily practice.
God, help me to practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CHRISTIN VAN ATTA
Christin was born on the west side of Cleveland, graduated John Carroll University in 2014 with an English degree, and also has her Master's of English Literature from Kent State University. She is now a first year English teacher in Cleveland for 90 crazy 7th graders whom she loves dearly despite their craziness. Christin loves all pizza and her cat, Sienna, just as dearly, and hopes to visit Ireland someday because of the cool, rainy weather.