As we walk in the way of the cross, one area where we are going to be stretched in is in our area of trust. We need to trust him daily in our lives, supply all of our needs, keep us from evil and when things don’t even look good, trust he still has our bac..It also means at times we need to trust him in the stretching. Trusting him and following his directions as he leads us. He will at times call us to do things we don’t understand or even don’t want to do. Sometimes, it seems even ridiculous. Gideon called to defeat the entire Phillistine army with only 300 soldiers (Judges 7), Moses was told to use his rod to part the Red Sea and have israel walk through it (Exodus 14) and told Peter to walk on water (Matt 14:22-33)
As I reflect on concept of trust, I think about my marriage. In the beginning of our marriage, I would get easily angered whenever my wife would suggest, correct or try fix something I was doing. I didn’t understand at first why I was reacting that way. I began to realize that I thought she was criticizing me just like others in the past have. Even more, I saw her love for me as being conditional. I did not trust in her intentions. I felt in my heart of hearts that she did not have the best intentions for me. I believed she loved me but I didn’t truly trust in her love.
Many of us believe in God, but do we really trust him? Are we willing to be stretched, go the extra mile, give a little more or dive into what God has been challenging us to do, or are we hesitant, falling back into old patterns or scared to trust him?
Psalms 37: 1-9
1-2. Trusting The Lord means we are content and don’t need to focus on what others have or who they are. Moses generation fell into that trap. Numbers 13-14.
3-6. Trusting him is following what he says because you trust he has your best interest at heart. You do what he says be because you know he knows what’s best. Obedience is always better than sacrifice. 1 Corinthians 10 reminds us what happend to Israel because they decided to things there way instead of trusting God and following him.
7-9. Trusting means not fearing, falling into anxiety or worrying, and not trying to find the solution yourself. It means relying on him, going to him, hoping in him. Believing he truly has our back.
We need to practice on a daily basis, the art of trusting him. Take the first step and trust him now in at least one way that you haven’t before. Remember, he has our back. When we fully trust, we will fully see God do “…above and beyond what we can even ask or think…” (Eph. 3:20)