Trust. It’s a word that packs a world of emotions and meaning for just five little words.
According to Dictionary.com, trust is “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.”
I’ve been contemplating what it means to truly trust God. I wrote a little post the other day about a new habit in my life and how it has impacted me to check my heart every day in relation to submitting everything to God.
And while it is a necessary habit for a wanderer like me; in recent days, God really began to ask me the hard questions. “Do you truly trust and submit to me when You don’t like my answer or understand your situation? Do you really submit to me when something breaks your heart? Do you really trust that “I Am” and I am choosing what is best for you? Are you positioning your heart to trust me and submit no matter the cost?” Ouch.
Sometimes He just gets straight to the point of things in our hearts, doesn’t He? Do I really trust Him with my plans, my hopes, my future? Do I really trust Him with my day to day needs? Maybe the bigger question is do I really trust Him with my hurts? And what does that look like in my daily life?
In order to figure out what trusting God looks like, I had to first realize what it doesn’t look like. Complaining about the challenges before me is not trusting God. Continuing to make plans to “fix” the situation, without going to Him in prayer first, is not trusting God. While receiving Godly counsel and support from friends is imperative, seeking approval from people instead of God is not trusting God. Living in defeat and despair that everything is just always going to be hard is not trusting God.
So what does it look like to trust God in the middle of our difficult circumstances when it seems nothing is going right or turning out the way we thought it should?
Trusting God is crying out to Him in the midst of struggles and asking Him to rescue us and be our refuge. (Psalm 22:5; Psalm 62:8)
Trusting God is taking time to consider our situation, taking it to Him in prayer, and waiting for His answer. And when we don’t get the answer we like, it’s coming back to Him, on our knees, with our tears and hurts held out to Him in prayer. We admit we don’t understand, but we acknowledge that He is still Lord of our life even in His “no.” (Ephesians 6:18; Isaiah 55:8-9)
Trusting God is living our moments like we are working for God and seeking His approval only. It’s so easy in our world to seek man’s approval, but His approval is the only one we need. (Galations 1:10; Matthew 6:24)
Trusting God is daily speaking the truth of His word – truth about who He is, about who He says we are, and what He is able to do. When we begin to preach that kind of truth to ourselves, we won’t live in that rotten place of defeat and despair. (There are so many bible verses to cover these topics, I encourage to to search for these truths and let them soak into your life)
We can trust God because we can rely on HIS integrity, HIS strength, HIS ability, HIS surety. Not ours.
I can’t emphasize enough to you that He is worthy of our trust – In everything. We can trust Him with our marriages and our children. We can trust Him with our jobs/careers. We can trust Him with our dreams. We can even trust Him with our hurts. We can trust Him because He first loved us. He gave His life for us. He is worthy.
Trust Him today with all your heart.♥