“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord
And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.” – Jeremiah 17:7
It’s a warning for a self-reliant people who only look to ourselves for strength, who believe that we can work really hard to get what we need, only relying on ourselves. So what does this mean for us in our spiritual lives? When we take a look at something like grace, we all know it. We all speak it. We know that grace is something that’s completely undeserved and yet, when we look at it in reality, when we look at it with those same eyes from a performance-based society, we would say, “Well, grace must have something to do with performance. Grace must have something to do with me being able to find a way to find favor with God in His eyes,” so what do we do? We work on that the same as we work on our lives, performance based.
Trust is also at the root of healthy spiritual growth. Philosopher Gabriel Marcel relates trust to belief in someone. “To believe in someone,” which means, “to place confidence in him, is to say ‘I am sure that you will not betray my hope, that you will respond to it, that you will fulfill it.’” To feel confident enough to say that and to have reasons for meaning it is close to the heart of what Christians call faith. They may flesh out the idea of faith by connecting it with contents: “I believe that God made me, that Christ saves me …” Yet such understandings of faith are hollow unless they are grounded in the rich notion of trust: “I believe in the God who made me, the Christ who saves me…” – Peter Scazzero
“The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere…. Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him…Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next…”Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not – “”Believe certain things about Me.” Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come.” – My Utmost for His Highest