The word of God urges and encourages us to trust Him. This means to rely upon, seek, have confidence in, submit to, commit ourselves to, and trust in the Lord because He alone is trustworthy. I mean, think about it. God created all things, He knows everything about us (past and future), and He’s the Beginning and the End. If there’s anyone or anything in this life that we need to put our trust in, it’s Him; not in money, not in ourselves, not in people and not in material things of this world which will perish. God knows AND has the best for us.
Why should you put your trust in God?
There is guidance, truth, direction, peace, strength, blessings, prosperity, hope, wisdom, protection, joy, and every other good thing that the Lord has for His people when they put their trust in Him. I don’t know about you, but I find that when I put trust in myself, in other things or people, I can easily get disappointed, worried, frustrated, and even do things which are sinful – things God tells us not to do. But when I know that God is with me and I put my trust in Him for everything, He guides me, makes Himself known to me, guides me in the way I should live, consumes me, makes life much sweeter and gives me strength for whatever comes my way. That trust in Him is also a reassurance of who I am in Christ Jesus.
How can I learn to trust God?
I think the most important thing to do is to saturate yourself with the word of God and spend time with Him, so that you may grow in knowledge of Him and know Him. You will then get to fully understand that He must increase, and you decrease (John 3:30), and then apply this to every area of your life. It can be a little difficult to trust someone you don’t know, right? But if you know someone really well, you’d trust them completely. Try and relate that example with what I’m saying. It’s important for us to get to know Jesus and the Father, because not only is He eternal life for us (John 17:3), but also so we can get to know what His perfect will for us is. Knowing who God is and what He’s like can also help us in making decisions based on His word. So, put Him first and allow Him to guide you. When you continue to acknowledge Him in all your ways, He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6) and literally everything else (your purpose, actions, decisions, movements, words, etc.). What a wonderful God we have!
For those struggling with sin, don’t trust yourself! Don’t think you’re able to stop a bad habit or change things by yourself. It’s the Lord who does that for you. It’s Him who cleanses you. That’s why it’s so important that you let Him into your life as opposed to shutting Him out. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”. You need to remember, once you accept and believe Christ as your Savior, it is no longer you who lives, but Christ who lives in you (Galatians 2:20). We thank God for His unfailing love and grace which is what teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live a self-controlled, upright and godly life in this present age (Titus 2:11-13). So, allow Him to change you! Don’t quench the Holy Spirit who’s trying to guide you in doing the right, but instead, examine those thoughts and desires carefully, hold onto what’s good and literally ABSTAIN from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22), especially those that keep leading you into sin. So, you are to deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). Did you see that? Daily! Not only on days when you feel like. Jesus also says in Matthew 10:38, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me”. So, ask yourself…. are you worthy of the Lord?
Are you having trouble trusting God? Are you seeking direction in what path to take? Are you wondering what your purpose on this earth is? Are you wondering how to pursue that dream, vision or burning desire from God? Well, take it to the Lord! Don’t act by yourself. If you have a God given purpose, God needs to be number one for clear direction and fulfillment. And remember, His timing is perfect. His ways are not your ways. Get to know Jesus and our Father in Heaven, read the word of God, invite Him into your heart and every other area of your life, let your heart be a home for the Lord, put Him in everything, obey His commands, stop that sin, repent, and walk in faith. As you begin to do all that, your trust in the Lord will just come in so naturally that your whole life would be centered around Him, and you wouldn’t even think of not trusting Him! Be blessed!
God Loves YOU!