“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
In every relationship trust plays an important role. Without trust leads to a broken relationship with bleak futures. No relationship will endure if trust is lacking.
The same principle applies to our relationship with God. The reason why some believers’ relationship with God is broken is due to lack of trust in God. There is no other way we can have a deeper relationship with God unless we learn to trust the Lord on a daily basis.
If so, what does it mean to trust the Lord?
Trusting in the Lord is not merely saying with your lips “I trust you Lord” but to believe in the promises of God written in His word in every circumstance, even in moments where evidence seems to be to the contrary or everything looks bleak and impossible.
In other words – “Trust is something positive. It is a real something, not a mere happen-so or maybe-so. It is a definite attitude of soul and mind, a realization of our own need and of God’s sufficiency. It is the reaching out and anchoring of ourselves in God.” – Charles Wesley Naylor
*How then, can we learn to trust the Lord?*
1. Get to know Him through scripture
Trust develops as we get to know a person more. Same thing applies to learning to trusting the Lord. Through scripture God is revealed to us as we dig deeper into His word and through that our trust in Him begins to deepen. Our trust in the Lord cannot be deepen if we have shallow knowledge about Him. When you get to know him more then you will learn to trust him more.
“When we study God’s Word, a pattern emerges. We learn that God never changes and never lies (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29). We learn through Scripture that God has never failed in the past (Isaiah 51:6). He was always true to His Word as He worked in the lives of the ancient Israelites. When He said He would do something, He did it (Numbers 11:23; Matthew 24:35). We begin to build trust upon His proven character. We can trust that God will be true to Himself. He will never cease acting like God. He will never cease being sovereign, being holy, or being good (1 Timothy 6:15; 1 Peter 1:16).” – Got Questions
Communication plays a major role in the building trust. Communication provides us with the assurance that helps us to continue to hold on to the trust or faith we have. For Christians, our form of communication with God is prayer.
” Throughout the Bible, faith and prayer are inextricably linked. One of the clearest examples is Jesus’s statement in John 15:7: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” “Abiding” in Jesus is faith — fully believing his words. Asking whatever you wish is prayer. The Bible tells us to “trust in [God] at all times” (Psalm 62:8) and to “[pray] at all times in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18), “believe in God” (John 14:1) and ask of God (Luke 11:9). Prayer is the chief exercise of faith. John 15:7 also shows us that God’s Word and faith and therefore prayer are inextricably linked. Faith is a response to God’s word: “faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). As Tim Keller rightly says, “If God’s words are his personal, active presence [see John 1:1–3 and Isaiah 55:10–11], then to put your trust in God’s words is to put your trust in God”†† So if our trust is in God (in God’s promises — 2 Peter 1:4), and God says if you trust me “ask whatever you wish” (John 15:7), then the natural expression of our faith in God is prayer.” – John Piper
Brethren, if we want our relationship with God to blossom then we need to learn to trust Him each day. We cannot connect deeper with God unless we learn to trust Him.
It is my prayer and heart desire we all learn to trust God with all our heart and lean not on your own understanding and strength. Shalom!