Maybe the Lord sent me today as His quiet mouthpiece to tell you: Trust God!
Let that soak into your soul, let it saturate your mind, and now audibly repeat: [Your NAME] TRUST GOD!
Power, courage, revival, and strength are packed into these two simple words: trust God!
I cycled through dozens of scenarios that life could sling at us including those that could slow us down, divert our plans or completely knock us off of our feet, yet in each scenario, these two words ‘Trust God,’ echoed and reverberated truth that ought to cause us to release our cares and then rest in Him.
Strong and lasting trust does not just magically appear; it is built up over time as you choose to give someone your trust and to be trustworthy in turn. All of this we know, but the challenge for many people is that they treat their trust relationship with God, just as they treat their human relationships. They habitually weigh God to see whether He deserves their trust and then determine how much they will give to Him based on how much they perceive that He has come through in the past. If God does what we want and gives us what we think we need, then we trust Him. However, if He doesn’t come through with the things we desire in the timelines in which we desire them, our trust begins to wane. Resentment then flows from an underlying, unspoken categorisation of the Lord as untrustworthy.
It is not difficult for the ideology of trust in God to be constrained to this physical realm and limited to our human interactions and understanding. I am sure that the persons who have traded their trust in God because they claim that He disappointed them in the past are innumerable. For many, their seemingly fervent and effectual prayer just did not produce the expected outcome.
Trusting God is not always easy and it requires you to continue to believe in His character of faithfulness. You can take everyone else’s word with a ‘pinch of salt’ but because God’s word to trust Him is unchangeable and eternal, you must believe it with everything within you.
Trusting God isn’t required only in our challenging seasons, it is also for the times when things are going well. Usually in those times, we begin to worry whether some disaster is on the horizon or wonder whether we are capable of undertaking the tasks entrusted to us. Maybe you are in the midst of a season of promotion and advancement and you have had to push off the feelings of doubt and inadequacy that are nagging you. Still, this imploring remains true: Trust God.
We ought to trust God because He alone knows our future. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
We ought to trust God because He directs the way we are expected to live. “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. (Habakkuk 2:4 NLT)
We ought to trust God because He is the only one who is continually and eternally good to us. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27: 13-14 NIV)
We ought to trust God because He is not a mere mortal. Humans will certainly fail and disappoint us, but God never will. “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8 KJV), and “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 NIV)
God knows that every day won’t be the same and that your ‘trust-o-meter’ sometimes gets very low, the longer you are battered by the winds of difficulty. God knows that your heart is for Him and that you long to completely surrender your circumstances to Him and trust Him with your all. For the moments when your trust is weak, you can use these tactics to encourage and re-energise you.
EXCHANGE your speech – Speak bible-based words of encouragement to yourself and abandon negative self-talk, and say what God says about you and your life.
ELEVATE your acquaintance – Get closer to Him and grow deeper in your knowledge of Him. You only trust people that you know intimately. We don’t build trust by simply trying to trust more, we build trust by transforming our thinking about the person in whom we place our trust. Get into His word, know His nature and seek to know His heart.
EXERCISE counter-intuition – It is natural to become despondent or negative when you feel alone and don’t know how to overcome a situation. Do the opposite of every emotion and instinct that tries to drive you away from God and push you to self-reliance. For example, instead of complaining, choose to express gratitude and contentment for the situations that are going well in your life.
EXPECT good – Expect God to do what He promises in His word. “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NKJV)
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