Can I Trust You, God?

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Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. (Proverbs 3:5 TPT*)

“I trust you, Lord.”

I’ve said this many times. Sometimes that statement is said in earnest excitement, like “Hey, Lord, I know you have something awesome for me. I trust you!” It’s like strapping myself into the seat of a roller coaster, ready to take off.

Other times, I’m saying this statement with tears and trepidation. “I’m hurting, but I know despite this pain, I trust you to deliver me.”

A few times, I’ve admitted, “I want to trust you Lord, but I’m not ready to.”

Yet, Solomon admonishes us to trust him completely.

For me, it’s a process of trust. I tend to trust him to provide me for financially, but have difficulty at times, trusting him for relationships (all kinds of relationships). Perhaps some people trust him to protect and save their family, but have difficulty trusting him for their health.

Thankfully, God is gracious and kind. He will walk with us in these areas of weaknesses even if we’re not ready to let go and jump. He’ll encourage us and help us to trust.

At times, I’ve had an image of me gripping onto a ledge as tight as I can. God’s telling me to let go and trust, but just as I think I’ll let go, I look down and get scared. What if’s bombard my mind…what if I fail? What if you don’t come through? What if I’ve missed you?

Really, what I’m saying is, “I’m not ready to lose control.” (Urgh! It’s a cold, hard fact. I might as well admit it.)

So, how does God lead me to trust him completely?

One is through history. He takes me back to various times in my life, reminding of the incidents when he’s come through. The times when I was willing to let go and free fall from my comfort zone. Ever done that? You’re terrified to follow God’s instructions because they seem illogical, but you just do it?

Then you wonder if you made a mistake as your falling? Suddenly, provision comes from nowhere. A job opportunity lands into your lap from an unexpected source. Your adult child has an encounter with God and gets saved.

As I write this post, I’m realizing how I need to journal these times — a journal of remembrance that can help build my faith. When I’m doubting God, I can read over this journal to see how faithful he is.

I heard Havilah Cunningham, a dynamic preacher from Bethel, share that she makes a time line in seven-year increments. On the time line, she writes down the encounters she’s had with God. Times when God fulfilled a promise.

Whenever she looks at the time line, she gets encouraged seeing how faithful God has been. And this builds her faith to trust him to bring to pass the unfulfilled dreams.

The moment I remember the incidents when he proved faithful, I’m overwhelmed because I’ve had many encounters with him. Encounters when he did the impossible. Then, I think, Sarah, how could you doubt God and his plan?

So, I encourage you that if you’re struggling to trust him in an area, remember what he’s done for you in the past. Perhaps make a time line and ask God when he came through for you. Or journal times so you can read them periodically.

God is faithful. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So, let’s jump out of the plane, realizing that we’re strapped to him. He won’t let us fail, but keep us safe even if we’re thousands of feet in the air, falling quickly to the ground. So, we might as well enjoy the fun, sometimes terrifying, adventure!

How about you? What’s helped you to trust God? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

 * TPT = The Passion  Translation, provided by Dr. Brian Simmons.

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sarahsoonwriter

Friend of God. Writer. Resting in His grace daily.