Trust. Ugh. It’s such a strong word.
We want to trust our friends. We want to trust our children will make right decisions. We want to trust God.
But, do we?
In the middle of the storm when the boat is rocking and the water is coming in, do we trust God, or do we get our feeble bucket and start bailing? Do we look to our friends for advice and assistance? Or, do we look to God?
There is a story in the Bible you may know. It’s when Jesus is asleep in the bottom of the boat, and the disciples — his most trusted friends — start freaking out because a storm is raging. Why can he sleep? HOW can He sleep? He must not care about us at all! He isn’t here for us NOW! When WILL He be here for us???
Sound familiar? I’ve found myself saying these exact words, too.
When life is a word I can’t say because I won’t allow my daughter to say it. When I don’t see how it will call get “fixed.” When I don’t understand what God is doing.
Some people find trust very easy. They believe what people tell them. They have hope and faith and trust in God.
This post is for the rest of us.
So, how do you get trust? Do you get sprinkled with it like holy water?
I know for me, I read — Everything I can.
2For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 NIV
Since God’s word is alive, then He will teach me everything I need to know exactly when I need to know it. I definitely want a right attitude and a right heart.
Trust in the Lord and do good;Psalm 37:3 NIV
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
It’s in these time that I cling to God’s word. And, Google becomes my best friend. I search for scriptures on trust and find a slew of Bible websites along with inspirational and poignant blog posts. *wink, wink*
Trust is a hard thing to gain and an even harder thing to get back. But, one thing I know: God has never done anything to you to make you lose your trust in Him.
God does not cause disease.
God does not cause hardship.
The enemy — Satan — does these things. And, is the headmaster of teaching us to blame God.
People can fail you. People can lie to you, cheat you and steal from you.
But, God never will!
In times of doubt, here are some foundational scriptures to keep close, share, and read OFTEN. Print this out if you need to, or copy and paste. Highlight, underline and circle the parts that stick out to you. One thing about God’s word, each time you read the same scripture, something new will come alive to you. (Hebrews 4:12)
Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 56:3-4 3When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 37:5-7 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Trust God. His word stands on the truth that HE is a trustworthy, loving God, who has successful plans for our lives and wants to take care of us.
Trust Him. And, trust yourself trusting Him. I know it’s hard. But, we can do this! Let’s trust in God together and see what miraculous things He has in store!
Would you like to pray with me?
Heavenly Father, how we love you. And, we want to trust you. But, sometimes, with life situations, we find it so hard. It is difficult to put our trust in people but it shouldn’t be difficult to put our trust you You. Bless us, Father, and increase our trust, increase our faith and increase our eagerness to know You. Thank you, God, for the work you are doing in our lives. Amen.
Do you find it hard to trust in God because of things people have done to you in your past? Please share about it below.