“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust, while it is such a small word it means so much. Trust actually is one of the essentials of our relationship with God, yet at times it seems it’s easier for us to trust everything and everyone else, except God! For example, we have friends whom we have deemed “trustworthy” and we show no restraint when it comes to telling secrets. When we go to the grocery store and purchase food, we are trusting that the company that packaged that food did it correctly and that we won’t get sick from it. When we get car insurance, we trust that the insurance company is giving us the best rate possible. When we go to the doctor’s office we trust him to figure out what is wrong with us and to fix it. In all these cases we trust, sometimes blindly, but why is it so hard to trust, and I mean really Trust God?
Typically, when God tells us to “come to Him for all our needs” we are reluctant to heed His call, and then we are consumed with worry, while we attempt to figure out a way that we could take care of it. When God says that He will provide for us, we say “Yes Lord, we trust you, just let me take care of my needs first.” That is not trust! We mouth the words but we don’t put any action behind it. When God tells us to tithe out of the first fruits and not worry about how we will pay for everything, He means it! Yet how many people worry about paying their bills if they were to tithe? God has proven Himself time and time again to be a healer, yet if we receive an unfavorable report from the doctor our first response is normally not, ‘Lord, I trust you’. We say that God is trustworthy and that we trust Him, but do we? Do we really Trust God?
If I can attempt to analyze our plight in truly trusting God, I’d say it boils down to 2 things; 1) Because of worry trusting God usually is a last resort rather than being a first response, 2) The situation seems so bad that rescue from God even seems far-fetched. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to,”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” But how is that possible with these two huge mental road blocks in the way? Here are three practical steps to put into practice this week, to move those road blocks out of the way and begin truly trusting God:
1. Trust God past your worry.
His Word, not worry, must reign in our hearts. For every worry, find an applicable Bible verse to memorize and internalize. Instead of denying the fact that you’re worrying, face it with God’s Word.
2. Trust God more than feelings.
And transform typical negative “what if’s” into positive, faith-filled “what if’s.” For example, instead of worrying something in your life might suddenly flop, start wondering whether something in your life might soar and give God glory! God never leads us wrong. Every good and perfect gift comes directly from Him! Jesus said in Matthew 7:11, ” Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?”
Stop worrying. Instead, start praying and obeying.
3. Unconditionally trust and love God.
Remove conditions from your faith walk. Stop the “If You do this, I’ll love You more” syndrome. God never changes. He unconditionally loves us and plans what’s best for us. Let’s love Him unconditionally, too.
Think of it: Worry never wins. Trusting God never fails!