God is a trustworthy God. You and I must daily make the decision to trust God.
Trust means to
- have confidence in
- rely on
- depend on
“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment.
Trust in your friends and they will die and leave you.
Trust in money and you may have it taken from you.
Trust in your reputation and some slanderous tongue may blast it.
Trust in God and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.” – D.L. Moody
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
1) Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Oftentimes we have misplaced trust. As a result, we are disappointed because we place expectations on people and things that change. Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses, but we will trust in God.
“With all of your help” implies that trusting is a heart issue. This is why the scripture urges us to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) because that’s our trusting mechanism. We also must recognize the schemes of the enemy that encourage us to have trust issues with people and ultimately the Lord.
2) Lean not on your own understanding
Although you’ve been trained, educated and certified, don’t lean on it.
“Don’t support yourself…with you” – Pastor Bill
3) In all of your ways acknowledge Him
Acknowledge means to hear and come into agreement with Him.
Before I start doing, I need to recognize what God is doing. In other words, I’m not going to move unless I know what God is doing.
4) And He shall direct your path
One translation says that “He will make your path straight.” Meaning, He will jerk the slack out of your path and remove the obstacles.
How Do We Trust God?
T – Trust His Care (Matthew 6:8)
God cares and is concerned with the details of your life.
“If I am in it, I have the grace for it.” – Pastor Bill
R – Rely On His Guidance (Proverbs 3:6)
Make sure you are quiet enough on the inside to hear Him. Don’t violate His guidance.
U – Understand His Will (Ephesians 5:17)
If I’m going to trust God, I must know what God’s will is in this situation. Not only do you need to know what God wants to do, you also need to know how.
“He will make me to know.” – Pam Taylor
S – Surrender To His Way (Proverbs 14:12)
God’s will is not just to be known but to be surrendered to. There are often times many ways to accomplish a task, but our responsibility is to do it God’s way.
Take for example getting across a body of water
- Moses raised a stick to part the Red Sea
- Joshua put the priests in the Jordan River and it parted
- Elijah struck the Jordan River with his cloak and it parted
- Elishah struck the Jordan River with Elijah’s cloak and it parted
- The Disciples got in a boat to cross to the other side of the lake
- Jesus simply walked on the water
T – Tell Him My Concerns (Philippians 4:6)
Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything. In your praying make sure you ask for the specific thing and not just the means to get the thing.