At my church, the current sermon series is all about trust. This is a challenging area as trust is something that can be abused or lost, or sometimes we get to that point that although we proclaim with our mouths that we are trusting, when we stop and take a good look at ourselves we find the evidence says something else.
I have been very convicted on this recently especially at home. Let me give an example. There have been many occasions over the years that my hubby would offer to cook to give me a break. Now I would say of course I trust you to cook the dinner, but what would I do again and again? I’d sneak into the kitchen and stir, keep nagging him to turn to the heat down, ask if he had remembered to turn the rice off, or had he put the vegetables on. Although I kept saying in words I was trusting him, my actions told a different story! What would true trust in this situation look like? It would look like my husband offering to cook me dinner, and me submitting all control to him by going away and not trying to take over. I would then walk to the table at dinner time knowing that there will be something I can eat and enjoy. This is something I need to get better at, I can be really good at saying I trust and then let worry or the need to control the situation take over and push him aside! Not good and certainly not demonstrating trust.
We often that with each other and even more so with God. We say with words, yes I trust you, we might even sing them. But then do we then live like it is true? Are we surrendering to Him the control in our lives or are we secretly expecting him to let us down? It’s easy to ‘trust’ God when it is all going well, you are healthy and you have all you need. But when things start falling apart, how do you react? Do you do everything you can do to regain some control or cry out to Him, asking Him to be in control? A Bible verse I have always loved but has spoken so deeply to me recently in this area is Proverbs 3vs 5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding – acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight.’
The big revelation in this verse is the word “Lord”. Who is it that we put our trust in? I have had my trust damaged by people abusing it but here I have been challenged to truly look at who it is I am trusting. He is the maker of heaven and earth, the Saviour of the world, the God of the impossible, and our refuge. If God is for us who can be against us? When I start to focus on the awesomeness of God I realise that he is trustworthy. I have realised that I won’t always understand why things happen a certain way, or the plans he has for me, but I need to stop trusting on what I can see and fathom and start trusting that God knows best, and has plans to prosper and not to harm me. This is something that I have had to learn as I have walked through times and situations that I didn’t understand. There are times I have walked by faith and not by sight, and God has truly provided so abundantly that when I look back, I can see how he has been with me in every situation, being the truth, my comfort, my strength, my joy and my hope – my all.
I was blown away recently by a friend’s incredible display of trust. His whole life had just been turned on his head in one day, yet he stood up at church and declared that God is good, that he believed God is with him and would bring him through – even though he had no idea what the next step looked like. He demonstrated trust just as in that iconic Indiana Jones moment of stepping into the ravine trusting that the bridge would be there.
God knows each and every one of us, and what it might look like in your life to trust.
I know trusting God is a journey and one I have travelled quite far on but still have a huge way to go. And that’s okay. Trusting in God is a daily choice and every now and then I forget and I pick up my burdens and try to do it alone. I need to remember to surrender them back to God. Don’t be discouraged if you are struggling with trusting, you are not alone, but be encouraged that He is there, that He cares and loves you so much and that when you fix your eyes upon Jesus, He will give you strength to trust in Him and to step out in faith.
Have a blessed week.