CS Lewis once said that “we regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it is there for emergencies, but he hopes that he’ll never have to use it”.

The big challenge that CS Lewis puts forward is about our definition of ‘belief’. Most people believe in the theory or the theology of God. But at the same time, they work very hard to make sure that they never actually have to trust God. Jesus says that God will provide for everything that we need, and yet we make sure that we always have everything that we need so that we never have to worry about trusting him.

Jesus spends a lot of time in the Gospels telling us to relate to God as a Father and to see ourselves as children, trusting him at every moment to provide us with what we need. God wants us to be dependent on him, not only in our physical needs, but also our spiritual and emotional needs.

At some point we need to take the risk and begin to trust that he will be faithful to his promises. As Ernest Hemingway once said, “the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them”