“Just trust God” we’re told when facing something that threatens to overwhelm us. Trusting God becomes a lifeline in times of struggle, uncertainty and the exit of hope from our lives.
What does it mean to ‘trust God?’ The dictionary defines trust as: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. But does this define God to us? It can. It should. We need it to.
There’s an old joke about a man trying to talk a stranger out of jumping. He asks him what could be so bad as to make this his only option. After explaining the hopelessness of his situation both men jumped!
We really can’t chuckle at this because we have all been in positions equally devoid of answers. And that’s why and when we encourage each other to ‘trust God.’ But trusting God is more than a spiritual slogan. It’s a lifeline that actually works! Putting trust in God has been time-tested over millennia, by millions in every imaginable distress.
These next few weeks I’d like to take us into a very short exploration of the characteristics of God that are worthy of our trust. We will look at the kinds of situations in our lives that require trust.
We will look at: Trusting God’s heart, his timing, his knowledge, his delays, his power and his discipline (when it’s needed!) First we need to consider why we even turn in God’s direction when life or people or medical conditions turn against us. These two verses from Lamentations give us the answer:
“The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25,26 NLT
We trust in God because he is good … all the time. He who made us knows us. He understands our limitations, our fears and our failures and never once encourages us to ‘get lost’ … never gives us the feeling that we aren’t important enough for his help. He welcomes us with open arms and caring heart when we can’t do life alone.
That’s just the kind of Father we have.
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not
change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
Numbers 23:19 NLT
See you next week!