Freefall Into the Unknown: 4 Trust-Building Promises


The funny thing about trust is that you don’t really have it until you surrender to the unknown.

There he stood, blindfolded, his toes teetering off the edge of an old Norwegian bridge.

Strapped in tightly by bungee cords, the bachelor hesitated through multiple group countdowns.  “3…2….1.”  Nothing.  “Ok, now…. 3…2…1.”  Nothing again. 

“Well, are ya gonna be a man, or aren’t ya?” his buddies taunted from the sidelines, inciting bravery with their laughter and whistles. Suddenly brazen, the man shoved his fears aside and took the plunge into the great unknown.

Imagine the man’s surprise when he almost instantly found himself drenched in water.

Removing his blindfold, he realized that all along he’d been standing on a short wooden pallet over a 6-inch plastic baby pool in his buddy’s fenced-in backyard.

It was a trust fall at its finest, and the ultimate bachelor party prank.  

The Great Unknown

Trust. It’s something we all want to have, but we don’t want to have to learn it.

“Ok, God,” we pray, our stomachs tied up in knots. “We trust You completely…Now can You just tell us what You’re doing?”

But that’s the funny thing about trust.  You don’t really have it, until you surrender to the unknown. Because trust – real, genuine trust – is formed through moments of uncertainty.  When there aren’t answers. When there’s not enough money. There’s not a clear path.  There’s not a quick cure.

Trust is willingly strapping on a blindfold and placing your hand in God’s, confident you’ll land on your feet regardless of where He leads you. 

4 Promises You Can Trust

Admittedly, developing trust is not easy. Fortunately, we have four unquestionable promises from God that can help us each more forward.

When life is uncertain, remember:

1. God loves you unconditionally.

You are the adored creation of a loving Heavenly Father.  He cares for you, knows your every need, and only wants what’s best for you.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

2. God remains in complete control. 

There is nothing you face today that will catch God off guard. He is not surprised nor threatened by your circumstances. He is all-powerful, capable of accomplishing the seemingly impossible. 

[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40

3. God can redeem everything for good.

In this life, we are bound to face trials, whether they are the natural consequences of our own sins, or simply the result of living in a broken world. Regardless of what has caused you pain, God can and will redeem it for good, if you will allow Him to do so.  

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

4. God will never leave your side. 

Whatever you face today, you don’t face it alone. God is right there to hold, protect, guide and comfort you.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

By Heather Day

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