How many of us have trouble trusting God when the times get hard? Is it not human nature to blame God? Why is God doing this to me, why is He allowing this? This comes from not know God personally. Insurance companies call tragedies an “act of God.” Last time I checked the Bible tells me in James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Let’s be perfectly clear that God does not throw people into trials and tragedies. He will however use those situations to teach and mature us.
We see Job after he lost absolutely everything fall to his knees and worship God. Job then goes on to say in Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him: but I will maintain my own ways before Him.” Job was saying that I will trust God unto death and maintain my character and trust in God the whole time!
God was not punishing Job. God did not bring those things upon Job. That was an act of Satan. Job was a bit confused and maybe even misguided at that point to think that God was punishing him. But how many of us, if we are honest, have the courage to say that they will trust God unto death. It is cute and cliché to say, but have you been in a place where you have no other option but to trust God with all that you have and all that you are? I have been there a couple times and it is a scary place to be. If you do not have enough trust that God will protect and provide for your every need, then God will be the first one you blame in any situation. When I am going through challenges there is one indicator that tells me where I am at. Am I trusting God, or trying to do it all on my own? It is peace! Can you find peace in the midst of the storm? If your answer is “No” then it is time to find that peace.
How do I get to this place where I trust God implicitly and have that peace that passes all understanding? It takes a relationship. It takes reading His Word and knowing God’s character. Knowing His unending love for me. I know, that word “Love” is not very manly, but let me explain it to you this way. This love that is displayed in John 3:16 is Agapeo in the Greek. It means love, affection or benevolence. This tells me that God not only loved me, but he thought of me. He was compassionate, considerate and thoughtful when it came to me and my life! Now how can I not trust God when He has my best interests in mind?
I want to challenge you to do what we are told in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. The root word in acknowledge is “know.” In everything you do, get to know God. Know His character, His desires for you, His will for you. Once you know this, it is easy to allow God to direct your paths. It becomes easier to say, “Though He slay me, I will trust Him.” To modernize it a bit.. I trust Him with my life!
Start by finding some scriptures on trusting God. Go to Google and see how many results you come up with. Go to whatever version of Bible App that you use and search for trust God. Read about the many people in the Bible that trusted God enough to follow His will for their lives. Yes, they all had challenges! But notice that God was there for them each step of the way. When the season of Challenge ended in Job’s life God blessed him with abundantly more than what he had when he started for believing and trusting in his Heavenly Father.
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