In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:4 (NIV)
Do you trust God? With how much do you trust Him? To trust someone is to rely on them with an assurance that comes from what you know about their character, their strength, and their truth. So how much I trust God is directly affected by how much I know about God! And itâ€™s not a â€˜theoryâ€™ of knowing but an actual â€˜in practiceâ€™ of knowing!
Did you ever play that game where you are blindfolded and you are to fall backwards into someoneâ€™s arms? It is a test of trust. Military personnel, law enforcement, and firefighters must form bonds of trust in their company and between partners. They must know that when they go through the door or down an alley, the one next to them or behind them will be well-trained and willing to give all they have to protect them.
Going through life with Jesus is like that. I need a bond with Him. I have learned that going through a crisis situation with the assurance that He is with me so much better than going through a crisis looking for some assurance.
I am sure you can think of many who seem to walk with such trust in God. But most of them did not start at trust. They had to work their way UP to trust!
Esther â€“ Most known for her heroic saving of her people by being obedient to be used â€œfor a time such as thisâ€. (Esther 4:14) Esther was snatched into captivity and was counseled and encouraged by her uncle, Mordecai, to respond with such boldness to the king, her husband, who had the power to kill her.
Joshua â€“ Joshua is told over and over by God to â€œbe strong and courageousâ€ and to move on after the death of Moses. He listened to the Lord for himself and learned to hear Godâ€™s voice and be obedient to His voice. THEN the walls of Jericho fell down!
Peter â€“ After denying Jesus three times and running away with the rest of the disciples, Peter, the little-educated fisherman, stands up in front of thousands of Jews and gives the first New Testament altar call! He became the Rock that Jesus saw! He trusted God.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalms 20:7 (NIV)
Are you willing to take another step closer to God and another step deeper in trust of God today? Is there something or someone in your life (even yourself!) that you just do not know what to do about? Have you been reading self-help books and advice columns, talked to your friends and asked their advice and still are unsure what to do? How is that option working for you? Give God your trust. He WILL NOT let you down! There is no magic formula. It is just letting go â€œof the way youâ€™ve always done itâ€ and letting God do the rest!
Come, Lord Jesus, come! Guide and direct me where You will! I trust you for all things and will forget not to thank and praise you when it is over.