Trust and confidence in God If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything: 1 John 3:20 Confidence in God is a choice that isn't always easy to make, yet it is imperative to make the choice. It is only then that our true journey towards God can begin. Awareness of the Divine Presence and discernment of God's will are foundational in the spiritual life. Through these principles found in the Christian classic “Abandonment to Divine Providence”, we will explore the key elements of our pilgrimage. +++++ People will often not appreciate that confidence and trust in God is a choice. It is not something that we will automatically grow into. Granted, there are some people who find trust and confidence in God less difficult, yet in life, and in our own failures, we can be tested to continue to trust in God’s love for us. Confidence is not an emotion, but a rock bottom attitude that is deeply rooted in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. There is much in life that will test us, for each person is on a journey, a pilgrimage that will take us through many deep valleys as well as the occasional mountain-top, and through it all we are called to have confidence in God…..which is not always easy, that is why ‘choice’ is so important. When I was a young monk, still in my 20’s, I was going through a deep interior struggle and felt alienated from God, then I came upon this quote in 1 John 3:30: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. I believe that quote was the seed that allowed my journey towards confidence in God to begin. Confidence in God takes us away from neurotic introspection towards true self-knowledge that allows us to grow in child-like trust in God’s love and mercy towards all. People will often underestimate how difficult developing confidence can be. It takes faith and courage to abandon oneself to God when in pain, in the midst of inner struggle and darkness. In all of this, we are in God’s hands.