Trusting God No Matter What
Updated: Mar 28, 2021
For the month of February, we are studying on the topic of Trusting God for the monthly bible challenge.
What is trust?
Trust is a central part of all relationships, including romantic partnerships, family life, business operations, medical practices, etc. It is the very core of what holds a relationship together. If you don’t trust your doctor, for example, it is much harder to benefit from their professional advice. If you don't trust your friend, it's much more difficult to accept their input. If you don't trust your spouse, it is very challenging to respect them and feel safe with them. Lack of trust deteriorates relationships and warps perspective.
Equally, we cannot trust someone that we don't know. When someone says, “Trust me,” we have one of two reactions. Either we can say, “Yes, I’ll trust you,” or we can say, “Why should I?”
It is by getting to know someone that causes you to learn the secret of trust. That is the case with building a relationship with God. Trust of Him and in Him will naturally flow when we understand why we should.
Why should we trust God?
1. One of the things I have noticed while reading through the Bible is that God is extremely integral.
He does not make promises and then break them. He reveals His faithfulness to bring what He says to pass, no matter the time frame. In Numbers 23:19 it says,
"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
What this reveals to me is that God is not like men and women. He does not cha-cha step on His decisions. He isn't two-faced (saying one thing and doing another). So, even with this perspective, it is important to not approach our relationship with God by bringing in residue of how humans may have treated us. He is in a league all His own!
As we read the Word, we can gain the revelation that we can trust Him because He is worthy of our trust. #Periodt
2. He actually has the power to bring to pass what He plans and purposes to do.
The Word gives us insight in how we can trust His plans because they are perfect, holy, righteous, and wonderful! In addition to that, why wouldn't we want to when in Romans 8:28 it says that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His holy purpose.
This is deep to me. As I was writing in my journal about why I can trust God and thinking about this particular verse, it dawned on me soberly that not everyone has good intentions. A lot of people we meet, not all of them are going to be for our good. Some can be for our detriment, and we have to soberly and with discernment understand that. It is not to practice keeping everyone at an arms distance, but it is to recognize that the human heart can be bent on deceitfulness and wicked.
All of His plans for my life and yours are for good. He doesn't have a wicked or evil "bone" in Him. Psalm 139:17 says, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!" We may think good thoughts on occasion, but God is thinking merciful, loving thoughts about us on a regular!
3. He has a great track record.
I KNOW you must have at least one story in you about a time God protected you, saved you, showed up for you, or someone you know. We can learn to trust God because we can see evidence of how He has proven Himself to be trustworthy in our lives and the lives of others.
There is no doubt that every believer can give a personal testimony to seeing God show up and show out in their life. They can attest to the peace that surpasses all understanding - the joy that gives them daily strength - that is now within them that they didn't have apart from their relationship with Him.
The more we experience His grace, faithfulness, and goodness, the more we develop our trust in Him.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
- Psalm 100:5
4. The Bible is literally a RECORD kept of God's promises and how He has - and will - fulfill what He has spoken.
I believe that we often lack the confidence we need to trust God more because we keep a closed Bible. If we were to spend more time reading through it, we would see how they speak to God's faithfulness to us as His people. Historical documents even back up Biblical events.
Should we really seek to trust in ourselves?
...being fully acquainted with how fickle we can be at times? Or to trust in others who are equally as unreliable, unpredictable, and operating with limited wisdom? Would it be wise for us to turn to those who are sin-strickened, negative, who frequently make bad choices, or who are swayed by emotions?
Or, do we trust in the all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful, gracious, merciful, loving God who has good intentions for us?
I think this is an obvious choice, don't you? However, we will fail to trust God if we don't take the time to get to know Him.
That is exactly what this monthly challenge is all about! I also encourage you to set time aside to read more of the word this year so you can get to know Him even better. We can't hope to trust someone who is a complete stranger to us, which is ultimately why God has made it possible and available for us to develop that relationship. Contrary to belief, He is not difficult to find or know. All we need to know about Him, He has made available to us in the Bible.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. - Psalm 20:7
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Until next time,