As with any relationship with any human, building trust is a process. You meet someone new, and wisely, you open up only to the basics, you convene in public places, and you each gradually become more trustworthy to each other as you both remain authentic, considerate, and reliable. Building your Trust in The Lord is similar. In different stages of your relationship with Him, there’s testing, where trust seeking is bi-directional. God may give you a little to see how faithful you are with it, and when He sees you do well with it, He’ll provide the increase. But, I’ll teach about that direction of trust building another time in more detail. Know, for now, that what you do to be faithful with the little He gives you, are indicators to how much you Trust Him.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us; “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
In other words, what is faith, except simply Trust that who or what actually exists, and that, that particular someone will do something, or something will happen, according to what that person’s expressed. It’s difficult, however, to trust fully in someone you don’t know. You don’t know their quirks, strengths, foibles, talents, tendencies, etc. It’s usually not until you begin to see a consistent pattern of behavior, over time, that aligns with what they say, that a trustworthiness, or a distrust, depending on the types of behaviors and words expressed, exhibits itself in them. That’s why Trust in God starts with you choosing to diligently seek Him to…
Get to Know Him
For, Numbers 23:19, states; “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” When keeping this in mind, it’s necessary to first recognize His voice, then understand His will for you in that particular situation. And, be patient because He does everything in His timing, which may not always match yours.
Get comfortable knowing that God never changes. Thus, His character is consistent throughout ages. This means it helps to “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:7&8 Not looking at temporal things, but at what those who have gone in The Lord’s ways before you, even in stories of the Holy Bible, can be encouraging to you to engage in trusting Him in similar ways.
For instance, one verse I lean on many times, and have seen God not only remind me of, but also hold true in my life, is what He said to Joshua when He appointed him as leader over His people to bring them into His Promise for them, is Joshua 1:5; “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This has helped me go forward in extremely new and difficult tasks, sailing unchartered waters, The Lord’s assigned me to do, or experiences I’ve had to endure. And, God never fails! He comes through every time!
Years ago, as another example, when a friend of mine and I were on our Christ walk together, she encountered a couple of life struggles at the same time. Needless to say, it was quite stressful and worrisome for her. As we were early in our walks of faith, both of us what those of us in the faith often call “Babes in Christ”, we listened to each other’s woes, but most importantly prayed for each other. Throughout her trials and testing, there were timely periodic points where I could see God making a way out of no way for her. I remember one night sitting on the couch in my living room, lights off with only the TV on, speaking with her on the phone, exclaiming to her, “I see God all in this!”
Seeing the Hand of God in another’s life doesn’t mean that you always see them at the top of their game at that given moment, per se. Oft times, it’s seeing them at their lowest point and God stepping in at critical moments, as He guides, and sustains, not only what they need externally, but also what’s needed internally to be strong stable & assured mentally, spiritually, & emotionally. For example, there were times in the midst of hardships I’ve gone through where I literally heard the enemy ask: “What is your weakness?”; “Why can’t I break you?” All because how God was a very present help in times of trouble. But, Beloved, how will you ever know this if you never…
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Bread of Life. How can you know if you will like a food if you’ve never tried it? How can you know if an exercise technique won’t work for you if you never tried it consistently? How can you know if God is really who He says He is if you don’t give Him situations to allow you to try His ways in on a regular basis?
Depending on your level of faith, what you choose to place on His alter of Grace, may range from something minor like answering your prayer to help you get off work in time to get to the supermarket. Or, something more important, such as be your advocate in a job interview. It may be a trial or tribulation of your own that you don’t know quite how to rectify. You’ve done all you know how to do with integrity, and from your point of view you haven’t any further options, but you can give the rest to The Lord, who has options you just yet can’t see. However great or small it is, in order to try Him, you’ll need to Give Him something to Trust Him with to see that He is Trustworthy. Inevitably, during these times of tasting The Lord to see that He’s Good, you may have doubt, but I encourage you to…
Throw Doubt Out
No natural battle comes without a spiritual battle! There’ll be little messengers of satan speaking things into your spirit that’ll make you doubt God’s goodness, hoping with a wicked hope that you give up on Him. But, know you don’t have to receive from them what you know to be the opposite of God’s Word regrading your life! You have weapons that are not carnal that empowers you to Cast Doubt Out! You will win, child of the Most High God! You. Will. Win!
At times, that doubt might be “self” doubt, where you don’t believe you can do what God’s telling, or called, you to do. But, Beloved, self-doubt doesn’t have to count you out, when you Trust God & throw the doubt out! That’s your chance to diligently seek Him in that circumstance, and give that fear, that worry, to Him as you move forward in doing it, giving Him the chance to show you He is a Reliable God! You see, The Lord is Omniscient and Omnipotent! He knows every gift and talent He planted in you as He designed you, and later knitted you together in your mother’s womb. Some of those gifts and talents have slept dormant until His appointed time for them to awaken in you. And, it’s that step of faith, as you give Him a try, Child of God, to build Trust in Him, to walk by faith and not by sight in the direction He’s calling you to, until you begin to see that you are already Equipped!
Getting to know God better, giving Him something to Trust Him with, and effectively fighting battles of fears and doubt, will begin you on a journey towards building your trust in Him, while being guided at the same time. For, it’s His guidance that surfaces as you seek Him in your daily life, presenting you with opportunity to trust Him. It’s Your Time now, to start transitioning into increasingly Trusting The Lord, so you can reach full potential of your transformation, butterfly!
Lord, Most High God, may Your word be a lamp upon the feet, a light on the path of each reader, increasing their Trust in You, as they be led by Your Holy Spirit into all You have in store for them. In Jesus Name. Amen!
Put It In Action
Give It To God: What do you want to hand over to God so you can take that first or next step of faith in growing to Trust Him?
Love Builds Up: Do you have a testimony that can help Build Up another’s Trust in God? If you’d like to share it, submit it here: Overcome By the Word of Your Testimony
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Love You to Life!
LuKeisha Carr Ministries International