Today I’m going to talk about something that I sometimes struggle with. TRUST. Such a small word, but powerful word.
The dictionary defines trust as: firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. So for me to trust someone or something I have to believe in the reliability of it (or them), I have to hold it (them) as true, I also have to have had previous encounters with it (them) to be able to be assured of their (it’s) ability.
Consider the assessment you do in your mind when you approach a chair. Its a chair – this is the truth. It’s been built to hold people as a chair – this is the ability. Additionally, based on past encounters with chairs we can see if it matches our understanding of what a reliable chair looks like. its not missing legs, its not bent or already leaning – this helps us prove reliability. Once we have run this mental check list – we make a decision to trust the chair or not. If it does not meet the requirements of trust we are likely not to take a seat, but continue our search for one we can trust.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 say this: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
You have a bible FULL of accounts and examples where we are told about WHO God is, WHAT He has done and WHAT He is capable of doing. We can also speak of and testify personally where God has come through for us and shown himself strong in many ways on our behalf. The very breath that you just took is yet another example of God’s mercies towards you. These help us fulfil the truth, reliability and ability aspects of trust. You can trust God!
It’s only when we have learned to trust God with all our hearts, that we can willingly submit our will to Him and allow Him to direct our paths. Trust like most things is something we have to learn to do. I’ve had to learn to trust God, not because I don’t have knowledge of His abilities, or know Him to be true or reliable – but because this is a learnt behaviour that we must all develop.
I find it hard to trust people who have let me down, or who have shown themselves to be unreliable or unable to keep to their word. This I could never say of God, because He Is God and not man (Mankind). Often the struggle we have is how much weight we put on our problem, verses the credit we give God at being God. We become so consumed with the magnitude of the problem and forgotten the truth, reliability and ability and general awesomeness of God. We have to make the choice in every day life to trust God – with our whole heart .This is the only way we will willingly be able to submit out will to Him and allow Him to direct our path.
Practically what does this look like? This is about retraining our mind to see God for who He is. Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Protector, Comforter, Friend, Lover, Councillor the list goes on. Leaning to our own understanding would be to react to things based on our feelings and our perception of a situation – true as it may be, but what happens when we add God to the mix – mountains indeed become mole hills. Agreed, not always as easy as it is for me to type, but as I said – its a process we must learn to do until it becomes habit and an initial response to every situation we face.
Lear to trust God for everything you face. Read the word and allow the truth, reliability and abilities of God to become engraved in your heart and mind so they can be quickly recalled in times of trouble. Make lists of how much God as done for you in the past – He’s not about to let you down now! You can trust God!