(Proverbs 3:5 KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
We see the three step process shown in these two verses. We see the emotions and intellect brought under control and followed by action. One of the reasons I am convinced that Christianity is true has to do with its completeness. It satisfies me intellectually as well as emotionally and spiritually. Verses like this bring it together.
How often have people turned to this verse for comfort? We are reminded to "trust" (982) in the Lord. A reference book called Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says this about this word (Vol. I, p. 101): "It is significant that the LXX never translates this word with [pisteuw] 'believe in' but with [elipzw] 'to hope'." We need to keep in mind the Christian meaning of hope. It is not empty wishing, but a solid assurance of something.
Don’t every let anyone sell you the bridge to nowhere that says our hope is pie in the sky. It is an assurance of the future that comes from a knowledge of the past and an encounter in our hearts. Trust and faith are not matters of empty, unreasoned desperation. The faith of the Bible holds together rationally while offering mysteries we cannot figure out with our limited minds. The anti-Christians act like they have reason on their side. I love the final scenes of Ben Stein’s movie Expelled. I believe he is talking to Richard Dawkins, supposedly a logical scientist, about the origin of life. When pressed for how it all began, this great, logical scientist came up with two sources: aliens and crystals. Somehow that didn’t seem logical or scientific to me.
So? Trust with expectation. It makes the sunrises more glorious, the rain more melodious and the nags of life more humorous.