Updated: Jan 22
I trust God, sometimes. You know, those times when things are going well in my life, and I don't feel as if I have to rely on Him as much. Suppose you've never found yourself feeling this way before. I'd like to believe you. But none of us are perfect and without fault. Have you encountered hard times that left you repenting for your entire life? I'm talking like, "Father, forgive me for breathing!" type of repenting! Have you experienced seasons that have you questioning, "God, where are you? The angels? Somebody!?" If you're like me, you have both hands raised and your ten toes! It's important to trust God even through tough times. Why? Because God is sovereign, and even when our circumstances don't feel good to us, they are good for us.
I believe God tests our faith in Him while we're going through the fire for a season. It's easy to trust, praise, and worship God when He's meeting all of your needs, there's food on your table each night, and you have a decent paying job to sustain you. But are you able to trust Him when you're facing eviction or foreclosure? Bankruptcy? When your car is in repossession status and every door you knock on for an opportunity is blocked? When there's not enough money to pay bills or feed your family, do you look for ways to become God? Or do you trust God and allow Him to work out what you don't have to figure out?
Often we find ourselves trusting God with small things: paying the light bill, water bill, phone bill, getting us safely to and from our jobs that are only 10 minutes away, but how often do we trust God to handle more significant problems? "Lord, you can't carry me through this divorce; you can't heal me from this disease because it's too late. My financial condition is too shot for you to fix, and all of this debt is too much!" So, I'll take matters into my own hands. I'll handle this part, and You deal with that part. Can you relate? Beloved, do you know that our Heavenly Father wants to rescue us from less than ideal circumstances we've sometimes gotten into ourselves?
There is no problem that is too big for God. You ought to tell your problems how BIG your God is! The key is in believing. Trusting God means surrendering ALL things concerning you and your life into His hands. Not just SOME things. ALL things. You have made every mistake, the poor decisions, the lack of stewardship, your jacked up attitude, the wickedness in your heart, lustful desires, and even the little idols in your life. Give it all to God because He knows what to do with it. But you have to be willing to let it go. Let go of your understanding, your self-sufficiency, and your right to live independently of God.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Trust that God can fix what you cannot! If you are passing through a storm in this season or traversing a dry wilderness, Trust God. Don't be wise in your own eyes. Just draw near unto Him, and He will draw nearer to you. There is something beautiful about falling in love with Abba Father and getting to know Him more when your circumstances seem designed to push you further away from His presence. I admonish you to trust God even more, when you can't trace Him.
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit."
I dare you to trust in the LORD and not in your flesh when the fire comes to test your faith, to remove all impurities within you, and to reveal character flaws the Lord wants to heal. Trust that God's way is perfect and that He will not forsake those who seek Him!
Remember This: Trusting God brings life, believing God brings rest. Stop trying to figure out what God has already worked out!