Exercising trust is not an easy thing to do, especially in the world we are today, people lie a lot, and it’s quite a task to discern the truth.
When we have faith in God what we are really doing is trusting in him. However, because of the experiences we have had with people, or the moments we carry with us where we have witnessed deceit makes it extremely difficult to trust in God’s goodness.
After Job was stripped of his wealth, and so much more he said “thou he slay me, yet I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Many of us cannot utter such words because we falter in trusting God with little things so when we face the storm our legs are reduced to pudding.
Trusting in God is not always easy when we have watched our loved ones bed ridden for months. It’s not easy when we have been unemployed for a long time, or when we can’t find a man or woman to spend the rest of our lives with, and we have to face heartbreak after heartbreak.
So what then?
What should we do?
We should close our eyes to the problems in front of us and pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Pray enables us to build a relationship with God. The more we pray the stronger our connection to him, the more his presence in our lives is established. Our faith will grow permitting us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Worrying is not a solution, God is.
When we attempt to control what is beyond our control, the time will come when we have to face our limitations. We have to accept the fact that we cannot solve all our problems on own. This harsh reality usually leads to hopelessness. Hope fuels our soul to go on living and without it we feel lost, and destitute. These feelings can lead to suicide, drugs, alcohol and so many other roads which only lead to damnation.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). I would like you to take a moment and read that again taking time to ponder on its meaning. Faith is the substance of things hoped for…………without faith there is no hope…….The more faith the more hope. The text also goes on to say that faith is evidence of things “not seen”. I am just dumbfounded by this part, it is saying it is evidence of things……….. not seen; that faith creates a reality our eyes fail to see. So, I guess that is why the bible tells us to walk by faith and not by sight, because sight is limiting and faith is liberating.
Faith is a powerful thing because it helps us connect with God in a way nothing else can. And it comes from trusting in him.
My question to you is, why is trusting in God so difficult for you? Are you afraid he will abandon you, because you shouldn’t be. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, “be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you”.
Is it because you think he will not solve your problems exactly how you want him to? Because my friend the Lord’s way is the best way, he made the entire universe and all that is in it, I am certain your problem is as good as solved when placed in the mighty hand of God. If we had the power to solve our problems, I am afraid our solutions might not bring the results we think it will.
Are you holding back on trusting in God because you think he will not give you what you need? Or he might mess it up or get it wrong? Matthew 7:11 tells us “ If you then, though you are evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”.
When you have faith in God you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.