Returning God’s Trust in You

I believe if you keep your faith, keep your trust, keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors. ~ Joel Osteen

We talked last week about trusting God. You would think we could trust Him just because He IS God. We understand that he is all-knowing, ever-present and all powerful. So what’s the problem? We’ve read in the Gospels that nothing is impossible with God. But we’re still not sure if we can trust Him to help us. Why?

  • You think that God is far too busy to bother with your problems
  • You believe you haven’t earned His attention or help
  • You’re sure you’ve negated His trust by your previous actions
  • You know you have not done enough good works to qualify
  • You are convinced that He really doesn’t want to help someone as insignificant as you are

What is the common thread through all of those reasons? Us – you and me: you’ think, ‘you’ believe, ‘you’ know. You’ve made the issues all about your inability, instead of His ability.

You’ve stepped out of faith and into reasoning. With your thoughts, you are trying to bring God down to your mental and emotional level. You know that whatever you want or need is impossible … for you. If you could have solved it, done it, untangled it, or improved it, you would already have done it! You’ve certainly worried about it enough.

The real question is how can you release all those cares and just trust God to deliver you?

Be Not Double-Minded

From Genesis to Revelation, God delivered those who placed their trust in Him. Trust, however, is a two-way street. God wants to be able to entrust you with His Word, His wisdom, and His ways. He wants to be able to count on you to represent Him here on this earth. The Prophet Micah put it this way: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (v 6:8).

James, Jesus half-brother, said “let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think he shall receive any thing of the Lord [for] a double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8)

Double-minded means that one minute you’re trusting God for your healing; the next minute you’re moaning about the pain and telling everyone who will listen how sick you are. Double minded means you’d like to believe that God will bless you financially, but you just don’t ‘see’ how He could possibly get more money to you. You’ve forgotten His promises of prosperity and deliverance.

Develop Your Trust

We got new living room furniture. I didn’t question whether the chair would hold my weight. I trusted it to do what it was designed to do. I trust my TV to bring in a signal so I can watch, ’Dancing with the Stars’. I trust the lights to come on when I plug them in. I don’t know how they all work – the science and structure that makes those things function; but I don’t need to. I just know they will do what I need, and I trust them. I’ve got plenty of experiences that confirm my trust.

The Bible clearly says that faith – the ability to trust God in any situation – comes by hearing … and hearing … and hearing God’s Word. The same way you learned multiplication tables or a piece of music – by repetition – is the way you develop your trust in God. Constant exposure to His Word through study, pray and meditation will strengthen your trust in Him. You’ll gain experience.

God wants to be able to trust you to do that. He wants to know that you will learn His ways and be His representative, His ambassador, to the world around you. As the ‘body’ of Christ, you are His mouth and His hands on the earth. Can He trust you to do what He needs done?

A relationship with God is not one-sided. He is not a genie granting wishes. He is Almighty God, Abba Father, who wants to trust His kids to think, talk and act rightly, in line with His Word. He wants you to grow up into a spiritually mature adult, displaying the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, meekness, patience and self-control (Gal. 5:22).

You would never trust a 10-year-old with the keys to your new car. Why? He’s not ready! He’s not mature enough, developed enough, to handle the responsibility or the consequences.

Promises You Can Trust

The Bible has plenty to say about trust. God wants to know that you trust Him to bless, protect and save you from any problem or circumstance. He also wants to trust you to come to Him first with your problems and to be faithful to the precepts in His Word. Consider these verses:

  • The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; You save me from violence. ~ 2 Sam. 22:3
  • But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defend them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. ~ Ps. 5:11
  • O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: ~ Ps. 7:1
  • And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. ~ Ps. 9:10
  • Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. ~ Ps. 16:1
  • The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler [shield, protector], and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. ~ Ps. 18:2
  • The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song I will praise him. ~ Ps. 28:7
  • In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. ~ Ps. 31:1
  • O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. ~ Ps. 34:8
  • Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. ~ Ps. 37:3
  • What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. ~ Ps. 56:3
  • He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. ~ Ps. 112:7
  • Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. ~Prov. 30:5
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. ~ Is. 26:3
  • The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him. ~ Nahum 1:7

Every one of those verses was written by someone in Bible times who faced a challenging situation; they were folks who had exhausted their own resources and needed Divine assistance. Not really different from you and me. Each of them discovered that God could be trusted to preserve and protect them, to meet their needs and strengthen them to face those challenges.

I Peter 5:7 says to ‘cast all your care on Him; for He cares for you.’ If you are willing to give up worry and give your cares to God, you demonstrate your trust in Him. And He rejoices, knowing you are willing to  trust Him to deliver you!

Do you know and understand that God trusts you? He trusts you with His Word, His wisdom, His covenant, His love and His power. He trusts you so much He sent Jesus into the world to reclaim the power and dominion He had given Adam – and that Jesus gave to you.

Now it’s your turn. Trust Him to deliver you. Trust His Word enough to say it out of your mouth and claim its promise for your life. Trust His love for you, no matter what you’ve said or done. His trust, like His grace, is unearned. It is the gift of God.

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