Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Irrevocable Trust

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Irrevocable Trust

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IRREVOCABLE seems like a strong word, doesn't it? Especially when we apply it to what we trust to safeguard our lives, our health, our families.

Recently I was thinking more deeply about the nature of trust in God. I knew deep down, of course, that genuine trust is truly irrevocable, but I wondered what made it so. I'm reasonably trusting, but not extraordinarily so. What was it, then, that makes trust in God firm? What's really involved to trust in God?

I then began to see that our trust in God is irrevocable precisely because the holder of our trust is God. This spiritual trust actually describes man's relationship to God. And it is a trust that we not only can't give up--we wouldn't even want to once we understand the effects of trusting God in our lives.

Because God, the divine and infinite Spirit, is the one creator, He makes man in His own image and likeness. Not one legitimate element in man's existence, which is spiritual, escapes God's care and love. There is safety and security in understanding God's relationship to man. And this relationship includes the spiritual trust within which man lives.

This trust is entirely of God's doing. He created it and He is the keeper of it. This is why it is irrevocable. To me, this trust is what the Psalmist's words refer to: "Thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.

Trust isn't a passive or weak state where we lack the initiative to manage our own affairs. On the contrary, trust is a strong term that not only describes our unity with God but also underscores the spiritual demands trusting God places on us. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, speaks insightfully of trust in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She says, "In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. …

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