Have you ever been in a situation that looked so bleak that the only one you could count on to get you out of the mess was God? But with that, you weren’t sure if God was going to come through?You didn’t know if you could depend on Him, so you created your own plan or handled things in your own way and well…it either worked out or it possibly didn’t. At the onset you knew you needed to trust God. You prayed about it, but when you got off of your actual or virtual knees you lost every bit of confidence that you had that He would show up for you.
Trust (an assured reliance, confidence, faith) is a difficult thing to achieve in our culture, particularly in relationships. It’s easier to achieve with people that we see every day. People that we can exchange a dialogue with and people that we see and can read body language cues, and people that we can look in the eye. So if this is how we build trust, where does that leave God?
We’ve been taught that God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent (Isaiah 66:1-2; Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:28; Ephesians 3:20). The scripture is clear that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Rev 22:13). We know that He is a living God (Jer 10:10). So if we know these things about God and we further know that He desires a relationship with us (Leviticus 26:12; Genesis 5:1; 1 John 4:10), we know that we have to trust Him to achieve His will. Trust is critical in all relationships.
How do we learn to trust God to the full? I mean outside of being merely religious and saying you trust Him because the Bible says we should? Not that the Bible isn’t a good enough reason, but I believe until we have an experience with God, it can be difficult to qualify that trust with an abiding hope in our heart. It can be hard to walk by faith, not be sight (2 Cor 5:7 ) as He commands us. How do we achieve that? How do we achieve that trust when God seems almost too good to be true? There are ways. The Bible tells us in the word how we are to grow in trust. I believe there are 3 steps.
1) Surrender Your will to God. (Romans 12:1). God wants to be the master of everything in our lives. Psalm 37:7 says, Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. We need to follow God’s lead even when we don’t know where He’s taking us. Abraham and Sarah’s story is an example of our ability to do that and the reward for their obedience. Other lessons we can learn from Abraham and Sarah are that we have to wait for God’s timing without knowing when it will come. We have to expect a miracle without knowing how God will provide it, and we have to trust in His sovereign purpose no matter the outcome. It has to be well with our soul.
2) We must renew our minds (Romans 12:2). We have to replace the thoughts in our natural mind with spiritual thoughts. We do that by reading scripture and studying the Bible. Reading scripture and studying the Bible are two different things, but they tied together in that both show us the character of God. The scripture demonstrates who God is. It also includes stories of others who have had situations that are as difficult as any we could experience today and God’s answer to their problem by suggestion, revelation, or in action. The word of God is key to reshaping the damage done by our negative and worldy thoughts, experiences, and culture.
3) We have to pray. The word tells us to be faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Prayer is simply talking to God. It’s our main mode of communication with God. No relationship can be successful without communication. God tells us in the word to pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:16-18). He tells us this because He knew we would need it. Jesus himself had to pray and He was God on the earth, so how much more do you think it’s necessary for us to press into to God and seek his comfort and guidance through prayer. Jesus sweated drops of blood as he himself agonized over God’s plan.
The good news is that we can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13). Being mature in this way doesn’t come easy, but we have a roadmap in the word. Trusting God, surrendering to His will by renewing our minds through the discipline of prayer requires work, but if we can get past our own selves, our fight to control and deal with our own issues, the reward is worth the time. The reward of relationship with the true and living God is a journey, much like Abraham’s, that will be worth every step.
Beloved Daughter is a great resource for women who seek to deepen their relationship with the Lord.
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