How are you with trusting God? Is that a struggle for you? Or do you trust without a second thought. Maybe you are struggling with trust and you keep hearing the cliché “Just trust God” and you have no idea how to do that. What does it look like to start trusting God? Sometimes (many times for me), we just need it laid out for us. Today, I am sharing 4 glorious truths about trusting God. I pray that these 4 practical tips will get you started on understanding what it means to trust God. And, when you are ready for more, I have a contest for a free eBook about trusting God (see bottom of post).
1. Trust and Trials
Trust is proven through trials. When you know God has brought you through the impossible, or the darkest places one could possibly be in, you just begin to trust. As more and more trials come our way, we grow to trust Him even deeper. We see His hand throughout our circumstances. We see how He rescues us time and again…and that He LOVES to rescue us! He delights in saving us.
He has proven Himself faithful in the past and He will continue to prove Himself. That’s just His character. As we see Him demonstrating His faithfulness, it gets easier to trust Him. Watch for these moments…sometimes they are easy to miss.
2. Trust and Prayer
Trust is developed in prayer. When we commune with Him and grow familiar with His voice (My sheep know My voice), our trust deepens. This isn’t just me talking at God. This is a two-sided conversation. We take turns speaking. I quiet my soul and listen for His voice. I sense His peace about situations. Scripture verses come to mind. He whispers truth into my heart that line up with His word.
One of the best examples of this was Marcus’ (my hubby) salvation. He was not a believer when we married. I remember praying for his salvation and crying out to God about my worry that he was not a believer. And then I heard Him whisper right into my heart, “Don’t worry about him. I will get him and when I do, I will get him good.” About 6 years later, He was faithful in this promise.
3. Trust and His Word
Trust is knowing His word. Even when He seems quiet. There is one saying that has really bothered me over the years. I’m sure you’ve heard it, too. It goes something like this, “If you don’t feel God, guess who moved”.
I think this saying can make us distrust God – like He will ‘disappear’ if we have neglected our devos or Bible study for a week…or a month. He’s not like that. He is faithful. I think that those times when He is quiet, or feels distant, is when He wants to take us into deeper trust with Him. I haven’t seen anything in scripture that supports the theology of that statement. Take a look at how many years were between the Old Testament and the birth of Christ. That is 400 years of silence from God! But His people kept trusting Him and His word. He has never forsaken us. NEVER. Know His truth in His word. Not silly clichés.
4. Trust and Time
Trust is life long. I have grown in my trust in God. This did not happen overnight – or even in a year or two. It has been growing for a very long time. I’ve seen how He was beside me through significant trauma as a child. I know how He preserved me through various events and abuse in my life. I’ve seen Him speak into the heart of my husband and show Himself to him. I have witnessed His provision, His grace and His mercy. I saw as He redeemed the hurt in my daughter’s life. I recognized Him when He helped us find a solution to my youngest daughter’s medical issue. I have called on Him to help my son turn from temptation. I could go on and on with such a list. So, if you are struggling to trust Him, be encouraged. Trust does not happen right away. Like in any relationship, it takes time.
Philippians 1:6 says that the good work in us won’t be completed until the return of Jesus. Trusting means knowing God will finish what He started in us. Isn’t that exciting? He isn’t like me in that often times I don’t finish what I start – anyone else guilty of this? Do you know how many sewing projects I have that is incomplete?
Be confident in knowing that your trust in Him is growing – and it will continue to grow until the return of our Saviour. Not a second sooner.
Look To Jesus
My friend, Dawn Klinge, who writes over at Above The Waves, wrote a lovely book about trusting God. She shares intimate stories of her life – the stories that grew her trust in God. They weren’t stories that were about the ease of life.
She writes, “I can find Jesus in the mystery of the hard times and he will enable me (and you) to stay strong in our faith as promised in Philippians 1:6”.
Her book is infused with hope-filled scripture verses. She explains very clearly the gospel message throughout. She shares how she has seen God’s faithfulness all over her life – even when circumstances did not pan out the way she wanted them to. In fact, they always resulted in something so much better. I love how she shares that God was with her, teaching her, guiding her through difficult moments.
This is a book full of truths and hope…one that I will treasure for a very long time. She has given me permission to give away a free digital copy of her book in PDF format. You can enter below. Contest closes January 30, 2016.
You can also buy a copy of her book through Amazon – both digital and hard copies are available (hard copy on January 26, 2016).
It is a wonderful book – and a great gift for a friend or family member who is struggling with trusting God…or anyone who wishes to go deeper with God. Here is her book trailer:
Thanks Dawn for giving me the honour of reviewing your fantastic book! It has warmed my heart and soul!
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