The Truth about Trust

The Truth About Trust in Trials

It seems to me that ‘trust’ is very under-rated word in Christian circles today.  We hear a lot about faith.  Faith is the key to using the power of God.  Trust is the key to the perseverance that will bring us into the promises of God.  Actually faith and trust go ‘hand in hand’ or ‘hand in glove’.  They fit together.  They belong together.

Jeremiah 17: 5-6 says:  This is what the LORD says: Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the LORD.They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.

It’s not a very nice picture, but the majority of people, even Christians, tend to put a lot of trust in their own wisdom and abilities.  Only when they are at their wits end will they turn to God in prayer.  You’ve probably heard people say;   “Well, we’ve tried everything else.  All we can do now is pray”.  As though prayer is the last resort.  This is no where NEAR what God wants.  He wants us to come to Him at the first sign of trouble.  He wants us to call upon HIM for help, for wisdom, for comfort and for every other need that we have.

Are you a parent? If your 10 year old fell off his bike and really hurt himself, or was beaten up by bullies, or came home from school every day miserable because he couldn’t understand maths.  Wouldn’t you want him to come to you for help?  Doesn’t it make you feel good when they come to you because:  ‘Mum will know what to do.’  Or ‘Dad will be able to fix it’?  God is like that with us.  He loves us to trust Him to come up with the answers.

Now I know God gave us a brain, and yes He expects us to use it.  Someone asked me one day:  ‘how do we know when to ‘take things into our own hands and when to JUST trust God’?  My answer to that is in two parts.  Firstly we need to commit our day to the Lord EVERY DAY.  Ask for His help and His guidance.  Proverbs 3:5,6 tells us:  ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t rely on your own understanding.  In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.’

Then we can go about our daily lives having confidence that the Holy Spirit is directing us as we go.  However, if we run into a particularly difficult situation that we are not sure how to handle, or if some circumstance comes upon us that is very challenging, or perhaps even overwhelming, then the first thing we need to do is to call upon the Lord for special help.  ‘Call upon me in the day of trouble’, says the Lord.  ‘I will deliver you’.   We need to restrain ourselves from working things out on the basis of our own understanding.

Our first call for help should always be to God.  We may need to enlist the help of people, such as a doctor or a teacher etc., but pray first!  Ask God to send you the right person or the right help for your situation.  He will be honoured and we will be blessed.

But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

We used to sing an old hymn:  ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”.  It’s a great principle to live by.  If you just do those two things, you will never go astray, you will never backslide, you will never face any challenge too hard or too big to overcome, if you will only trust God and obey His Word.  In fact I would suggest that you write it in the front of your Bible and remind yourself often.

There may be times of great crisis and trouble in our lives when we can feel shaken to the very core of our being, but we pull ourselves together and declare our Trust in the One who gave everything for us.  We resist the evil one and all his inducements to indulge in discouragement and self pity.  We put on our armour and stand against the attacks of the enemy – and when we have done all that we can, then we stand firm, trusting in our God Who will never leave us or forsake us, who is faithful to the end and absolutely trustworthy – Who will surely see us through these present trials and will bring us out into the light of His glorious Victory – IF we continue to trust in Him and never, never give up.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us an exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  This is saying that the more trials we go through as a Christian, (if we go through with a right attitude) the more glory we will experience in the end. The meaning here is that the weight of all earthly afflictions is light, while the glory to come is a substance, weighty, and lasting beyond description. If we trust God – we can go all the way with Him and He will bring us safely Home to heaven.

What is the challenge you are facing today?  Is it a sudden and unexpected problem that shocked you and caused you grief?  Is it a long-standing problem?  Have you begun to doubt that things will ever change?

You can trust in God.  He absolutely loves you.  He will comfort you.  He will make a way where there is no way.  He opens paths through the wilderness.  He causes springs to break forth in the desert.  You will be surprised and amazed at what God will do if only you will trust Him.  Fix your eyes on Him – not on the problem.  It’s hard for us to do at first, because we’re used to dealing with the problems ourselves.  But it becomes easier with practice.

When you find yourself in the heat of the battle, lift your hands to the heavens and declare the faithfulness of God.  Declare the promises of God.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us:  We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

And so we declare to these powers of darkness that no way will we give in to their evil intent. No way will we doubt God or fear their wicked attacks, for the Lord God Almighty reigns and He has already won the victory!!

If you have caught yourself analysing a problem and struggling to find an answer – it’s time to think again – differently!  God doesn’t want us to try everything else first and then come to Him when all is lost and we are in despair.  He wants us to come to Him confidently, as His dear children – and lay the problem in His Hands.  He wants us to ask for His Wisdom, His intervention, His perfect answer, and if it doesn’t come straight away, then he wants us to TRUST Him.

He trusts us!  Now that’s a scary thought.  He has confidence in you that you will not fail – that you will not get angry or hurt or offended by the challenges of life – but that you will stay strong to the end, trusting in Him and His mighty power to overcome all obstacles.

Have a wonderful day,

Kerrie

About The Author

Kerrie Price

I am a grandmother and a recently retired pastor. On my retirement I decided I needed a new interest in life and wanted to supplement my income. I have chosen to use my skills as a Christian Life Coach, and to learn new skills in the field of Internet Marketing, and though I haven't been on the journey very long, it has been a most interesting one. There is a great deal to learn and many wonderful people to meet via the Internet. I am enjoying this new stage of my life, and hope to help others who want to improve their circumstances and make a change for the better.

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