Do I Trust God?
When I think of trusting God the Scripture in Prov 3:5-6 always comes to mind. In the ESV it reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
It is easy to ‘trust God’ when things are going your way. The true test of faith or trust in God is when life begins to go sideways, and things seem to be out of control. You lose your job, your middle-school daughter gets pregnant, your brother is busted for drugs, your son gets kicked out of school for fighting, or you have a death in the family that devastates everyone. It doesn’t even have to be something as drastic as these examples, it could be something as simple as a parking ticket or the fact that you get sick and have to miss work.
In our country today I can assure you that there are millions of people who struggle to trust God. The COVID-19 virus has virtually shut down society and has crippled our economy. My friend recently lamented how much money he lost in the stock market tumble.
When you watch the stock-market plummet from record highs to record losses in less than 2 weeks it is easy to panic. This is because so many of us only trust in the things we can see…things tangible. But as believers, we are called to a higher form of faith/trust. Our faith cannot rely on worldly circumstance; but rather it must be grounded in God Himself.
Trusting God is not a concept, but a reality in the lives of believers. We simply cannot say that we trust God, it is our actions that reveal whether or not we actually trust God. I can say I am going to walk in His way, but I may run away in fear at the slightest thing. For our trust in God to be a real & tangible asset in our Christian arsenal it must be grounded with our outright obedience to God and His Word.
I can remember in 1995 when God moved in my life. I was laid off and had to start over at 34 with a wife and 3 children. I had my plan & direction, but God had a different direction for my life. He spoke to my heart and clearly gave me direction to serve Him vocationally in the ministry.
At the time, I can remember thinking we had nothing, and God’s calling seemed foolish. I had a solid plan (so I thought), but once I surrendered to His plan there was also a wonderful peace about our decision to surrender to the ministry. I had NO idea of where God was taking me, but the path was very clear. I followed Him and for the past 25 years He has faithfully led me and my family. I cannot say things were always what I wanted, but what I do know is that when I struggled, the reason was NOT God’s direction, but it was always my lack of trust in His plan.
Simply put trusting God without obedience to Him in your life is nothing more than lip service and God hates ‘lip service,’ in fact, Scripture tells us in Isaiah 29:13 ESV “And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men…”
So, when we say that we trust God but fail to obey Him, Scripture tells us that our hearts are actually far from Him. In 1887 during a revival with the great D.L. Moody a young man stood to testify about his conversion. He was new to the faith and didn’t really understand what had happened with him. He said, “I don’t know if I am saved, but I am going to trust God and I am going to obey His word.” From that testimony, the great traditional hymn “Trust & Obey” was written.
In that hymn the songwriter urges us to, “Trust & Obey, for there’s NO other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust & obey.” This is not scripture, but it confirms scripture in that for our walk in Christ to be what it should be, then we must trust God and obey His word.
In other words, do I trust God (the Provider), or do I just trust in results (the provisions)? When taking a closer look, it seems when God allowed those “provisions” to be less, I tend to waiver. When things don’t go my way, OR when my own plans fail, I tend to think the worst. What is happening here is I am trusting in “my own understanding” and that can lead to doubt and confusion.
Think of all the biblical examples of those who knew what God had called them to but yet their circumstances seemed to disprove what they knew. I think of Joseph. God had told him that he would be great, and many would bow to him one day, but his time in slavery and prison could have caused him to doubt God. What we do know about him was that he was faithful to God’s call and ultimately God’s truth was revealed.
What about you today? Do you trust God’s direction/calling in your life? Are you really trusting in what He has called you to do? We must understand that the way we see things is NEVER the way God sees them. God has an eternal, outside-of-time view of things and knows what is around the corner and we do not. Knowing this, how can doubt Him? As the song says, “How could I make You so small when You’re the One who holds it all?”
If we want to thrive in our walk with Christ (which is what God wants for us) then we must learn to trust God! We must learn to not only know what it says in Prov 3:5-6…but we must also LIVE it! Are you living out your trust in God? Do people see your faith lived out in your actions and how you handle your life? Trust and Obey for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey! Trust Him and know that He is going to lead you in the right direction and provide you what you need to serve Him! God bless you all!