As I reflect on today’s reading, I am mindful of how much I value trust (I want to be trusted) and how difficult it can be for me to trust. If God promised to provide more than enough in the sixth year to carry Israel through the sabbath year, can God not also care for us in the same way? Trust God to provide.
What’s mine is mine – or is it? In Leviticus, we learn that the land belonged to God, who in turn placed it on lease in the hands of families. Every fifty years – the year of Jubilee – the land was restored to the original leasee. God is the owner and the provider. I remember the words of the hymn: We give thee but thine own whate’re the gift may be. All that we have is thine alone, a trust O LORD from thee. Trust.
Paul gave his testimony of faith. What would happen next was beyond his ability to control. Even announcing that he was a Roman citizen would not ultimately save him. All he could do was trust God.
In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. (Psalm 25:1) I want to be trusted. Today, let me learn the lesson of trusting God.