What does it mean to trust God?
Well, in Proverbs 3:5, in talks about how we are to trust God with our whole hearts and not try and understand His plan with our own understanding and God will direct our paths. Today, we will be asking the question, “Will You Trust God?” and God’s Word reveals the answer. Trusting God is an essential part of not just a Christian’s walk with God but is someone’s chance to change their life for the better. In the New Living Translation, Jeremiah 17:7-8 says that we are to trust God and that we are like trees planted by the river who suffer through the heat and come out better than we were before.
“7. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord, and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep in the river. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us that those who trust in God are blessed and that we (humanity) are like trees who are planted by a river with our roots reaching far and wide. Christians, in particular, are trees that shouldn’t be bothered by the trials and circumstances of this life or worried about when they are getting through it, because in the end, we come out better and stronger producing never-ending fruit for God’s Kingdom.
God calls us to trust Him and let go of the things that are weighing on our hearts. There are various people in the Bible who were told by God to trust Him, yet when the Israelites did not trust God and His Word and put their trust in other people; God would punish the Israelite nation. Except for one man, Noah who trusted God and created the Ark, the situations that the Israelites continually found themselves in could be a parallel to how we, as people and Christians have begun to put our trust in other people and what they say instead of putting our trust in the One whose Word is True.
In Genesis 6, we read the story of Noah and God’s plan to wipe humanity for their wickedness but God tells Noah to build an ark and save his family and 2 of every animal. In Genesis 6:22, it says, “22. Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” and before this (see Genesis 6:14-21) God commissioned Noah to build an ark to save his family and the animals.
If Noah had decided not to trust in God and not built the ark, he, his family, and all of the animals would have died along with the wicked. In Numbers 20, the people of Israel are thirsty and God gives them a solution; He says in Numbers 20: 7-8, “7. Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 8. “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock….”
God gave Moses specific instructions to “Speak to the rock… and it will yield its water”, but we later see in Numbers 20:11 that Moses did the exact opposite of what God instructed and didn’t trust God’s judgment and struck the rock in a fit of frustration. God’s immediate response in Numbers 20:12, “12. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” would leave Moses unable to enter the Promised Land of Canaan which references back to Numbers 14:28-34.
If we, as people and Christians don’t learn to trust God and His promises, then we will end up in a similar condition like the Israelites; wandering through our lives trying to find out God’s plan for our lives. WordPress blogger Former Heathen wrote a blog post entitled, “Trusting God’s Timing” where she talks about we are to trust God’s timing.
In the blog post, she said, “… in life, we’re always waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. when it’s not happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated, but you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass” and I feel that this is a statement that we as a community and a Christians should continue to pursue when it seems that a situation doesn’t go the way we want it to.
As I have said before, we have to put our trust in God and know that there is always a time and a place for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Former Heathen said this, “… but when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off, you won’t live worried, wondering when this is ever gonna happen, you’ll relax and enjoy your life, knowing that the promise has already been scheduled by the Creator of the universe” which shows us how we don’t have to worry about when God’s promises are going to be fulfilled because He already has a plan.
Former Heathen said, “God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be.”
We have to remember that although we may be going through a situation in our lives, we need to trust God and his timing. Blogger T.R. Noble wrote a blog post called, “He Hasn’t Given Up On Us | Trust Him” where she talks about how much God loves us and how we need to trust in Him; even when it seems like God doesn’t answer. In the blog post, she stated, “God listens, but He takes His time…” and I feel that this is how we Christians and people should learn to live.
T.R. Noble stated, “Have patience, my friend. You are the beloved of God. It may not feel like it. You may struggle believing. But God is at work as we speak.”
Christians and non-believers should learn and recognize that even when we feel that the situation we are in won’t change that God will provide an escape; even when it seems that He isn’t listening. Also, sometimes we may be going through temptation and you can’t seem to find a way out, well sometimes God will allow you to go through temptation in order to strengthen your trust and faith in Him as 1 Corinthians 10:13 says.
1 Corinthians 10:13
“13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you will be able to bear it.”
Sometimes God will allow us to go through temptations and trials because He wants us to turn our eyes to Him and trust Him. Blogger SpaniardVIII wrote a blog post titled, “Trusting in the Lord amidst Troubles” where he talks about this topic. In the blog post, SpaniardVIII says, “Tribulation is actually a good thing for believers in Jesus Christ because without it, we can’t grow and learn to trust in the Lord more and less in ourselves so that we will become more like Christ, putting our trust in Him without wavering.”
This statement above shows us that we as people and Christians will go through some form of tribulation, but know; that because we go through the tribulation (trials); it helps us strengthen our trust in Christ Jesus and as SpaniardVIII said to grow and learn in the Lord. We are called to be Christ-like, but it all starts with trust and faith in what Jesus did on the cross 2,000 years ago.
SpaniardVIII has several quotes in his blog post that I think Christians and non-believers should use in our everyday lives to remind ourselves to put our trust in God.
- “When we trust in the Lord it doesn’t matter what type of danger lurks near you.”
- “Everything around you can be falling apart but trusting God keeps you together with an inner peace that’s beyond understanding.”
- “To build your trust in the Lord is to seek Him through prayer and His Word every single day.”
SpaniardVIII says, “Just trust in a loving creator who loves you and wants the best for you.”
I recently listened to a song by Laura Daigle called, “Trust in You” and in the song, she sings about how she is learning to put everything she has at Jesus’s feet and trusting Him even when she needs a “mountain” moved out of her life. The song to
The song to me relates to all people regardless of religious or political beliefs because we all put our trust in something. We all put our trust in someone, but the question we sometimes fail to ask is: Where am I really putting my trust? In Myself? In my job? In my money? In my family? In the song, the chorus of the song gives us an example of how we should trust God and give our pain, fears, regrets, suffering, and dreams and lay them at His feet.
“When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move.
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You.
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You.”
The lyrics to the song are an inspiration and a testimony of how we, as people and Christians should trust God in everything that we do; because in my opinion, it is only through trusting God can we actually gain a better understanding of who He is and His timing of situations in our life.
In the end, though trusting God in my opinion, is a hard part of being a Christian because we get so caught up in what we want and when we want it that we fail to realize and recognize that sometimes God wants us to wait and trust in Him for His timing. God’s timing is not our timing. When situations go wrong in our life and we feel that God will just keep a “mountain” or obstacle in front of us to punish us, we have to take a step back and rethink who we are putting our trust in. Are we putting it in our own hands? Or God’s?
So, what will you do? Will you continue to allow life’s hardships and challenges to dictate how your life goes and you don’t try and push through the trial? Or, will you lift your eyes to God and tell Him, “Lord. I may not know what you have planned for me, but I trust You and Your timing.” Let God do God, all we have to do when we feel like life couldn’t get worse is trust God. So, here is the question for today: Will You Trust God? Please comment below and join the discussion.
Former Heathen. “Trusting God’s Timing”, formerheathen.wordpress.com, 8 Oct. 2012, https://formerheathen.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/trusting-gods-timing/ . Accessed 15 August 2017.
“Laura Daigle – Trust in You”. YouTube, uploaded by LauraDaigleVEVO, 2 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs . Accessed 15 August 2017.
SpaniardVIII. “Trusting in the Lord amidst Troubles”, 3 Apr. 2016, spiritualminefield.wordpress.com, https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/trusting-in-the-lord-amidst-troubles/ . Accessed 15 August 2017.
T.R. Noble. “He Hasn’t Given Up On Us | Trust Him” nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/he-hasnt-given-up-on-us-trust-him/ . Accessed 14 August 2017.
Author Unknown. “Noah was given instructions to build a big ark out of wood and cover it in waterproof pitch. It was to be 450ft (135 m) long, 75ft (23m) wide and 45ft (14m) high. It would have three decks divided into rooms and a roof with a gap underneath for air to get in. It would have one door on the side. – Slide 5” http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/noah-ark/ . Accessed 16 August 2017.
Author Unknown. “At once, Noah and his sons started to build the huge box shaped boat. – Slide 6” http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/noah-ark/ . Accessed 16 August 2017.
Author Unknown. “1 Corinthians 10:13” http://images.knowing-jesus.com/i/1-corinthians-10-13-god-is-faithful-gray . Accessed 16 August 2017.
HJ in Ches. “Moses striking water from the rock” https://www.flickr.com/photos/hjggreen/12695365784 . Accessed 16 August 2017.
National Bible Association. “Trusting God. Trust Him with your need”, https://nationalbible.org/trustinggod/ . Accessed 15 August 2017.