Trust is the word that has come up often in my readings today. Trust is something I am not very good at most of the time, mainly trusting people.
However, I know I need to trust God in all things despite what is going on around me. The devil plays with my mind with worrisome thoughts. Especially with the “what ifs?” or “what about?” questions and scenarios. Have you ever been there?
I know there are many verses in the Bible about trust. I am good at finding and quoting them. However, what needs to happen is to have the knowledge of the verses go from my head to the realisation of truth in my heart.
I think we all struggle with this problem. We know the truth. Jesus says we will know the truth and the truth will set us free (John 8:32). Knowing the truth and standing firm with no fear because it is ingrained in our hearts is another thing. Oh, how I long for His truth to penetrate my heart when it comes to trust.
God has never failed me yet. He has always come through for me. He answers prayers. God does not let me down. So why is it that trust is such a difficult thing for me and for you?
I think it’s because we are trusting in someone we cannot physically see. Hebrews 11:1 says this is what faith is: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Also, when someone hurts us, trust can be a difficult thing, and we tend to place that distrust for others onto God. Sometimes, God doesn’t do what we want him to do and we blame him for the circumstances we are in. He doesn’t heal us or a loved one we have been praying for. He doesn’t provide the money we want. He doesn’t give us the friend or spouse we wanted. He doesn’t open our wombs so we can conceive. He doesn’t give us everything we want or desire.
What I have learnt through the years is God gives us what is best. He knows our hearts. He knows our desires. God wants us to trust him knowing that he will fulfil his will for our lives. It’s not our will, but his will.
Trusting is not manipulating God. We cannot tell God what to do and get upset when he doesn’t. God is not Santa Claus or a genie which we can ask him to do anything and everything for us.
Allowing trust to not just be a matter of the head but allowing our hearts to believe, to have confidence and assurance about what we do not see, is to allow God to be God and realise we are not. God wants to have full control of our lives. He wants us to surrender our “what ifs?” and “what abouts?”. He wants us to stand firm on his word to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).
The enemy attacks our minds and he gets us so wrapped up in what could be. However, if we allow our hearts to trust God, not just our minds, then we will be able to stand firm on God’s Word. We can trust and know God will do what he says he will do. God is who he says he is.
I am choosing from this day forward to trust God with my heart, not just my mind. Nahum 1:7 says, “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”
God says to us what he said to the Israelites in captivity, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
David says, “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:3-4).
I declare with the psalmist, “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul” (Psalm 143:8).
Trusting God may not be easy, but I know it is worth it. I close with a poem I have shared before, but it says what my heart (not my mind) says to God. God bless you all…
Still, I Trust You ©
I may not always feel Your presence
I don’t usually understand
I struggle with doubt
But no matter what, I still choose to trust You.
Some days I feel alone
The darkness seems to be closing in.
Frustrations rise, questions go unanswered,
But no matter what, I still choose to trust You.
No one said it would be easy…
Being a Christian.
But why the padded answers,
So many try to give?
No matter what, Lord, I still trust You.
I remember the words that I have hidden in my heart
I sing familiar songs
But nothing compares to Your presence.
Please stay here with me,
Carry me through,
I cannot keep on going,
If I don’t have You.
Lord, I choose to trust You.
I will praise You despite how I feel,
I will trust Your way is best.
I will not forget
All You have done for me.
You promised You will never
Leave nor forsake me.
However, when those doubts arise,
Please help my unbelief,
Help me to always trust You.