Question – “Why don’t more Christians fully trust in the Lord?” Knowing the promises of God concerning faith and trust, why don’t more Christians trust in the Lord in the midst of crisis, when they are struggling, when they’re needs aren’t being met? At the same time, why don’t more Christians trust the Lord when it is obvious that He has prospered them and provided for them? What keeps us from fully trusting in the Lord and committing everything we are, have, do and want to the Lord?
I think that sometimes fear keeps us from trusting in the Lord. We’re afraid that he won’t come through for us – even though He promised in His Word and proven in our lives that He can and will come through for us. I think that self-reliance (pride) keeps us from trusting in the Lord. In the U.S. especially, we value this “rugged individualism” that declares that we are “self-made men and women” and that we “have pulled ourselves up by our own bootstraps.” Does anyone really know what these phrases mean? I get some crazy pictures in my mind of what a “self-made man or woman” looks like. Self-reliance keeps us from fully trusting in the Lord. Frequently, knowledge keeps us from trusting in the Lord – the knowledge of our own sinfulness and the knowledge of the cost of being a truly committed follower of the Lord may hold us back from fully trusting in the Lord. Then, doubt keeps us from trusting in the Lord. Oftentimes we doubt that the Lord really does have our best interests at heart. We somehow think that we are the only person in the world who primarily cares about our needs and interests – and so rather then trusting the Lord to provide and care for us, we assume that responsibility for ourselves. We take upon ourselves the responsibilities of living right, living safely, prospering, fulfilling our heart’s desires, finding help for lives, etc. – when we could have all of these benefits by simply trusting in the Lord.
In the beginning of time, Eve got herself in trouble (and eventually Adam did as well) by refusing to trust in the Lord. Although she and Adam had been placed in a perfect garden with incredible provision and all that could keep a person happy and fulfilled, she listened to the lies of the Devil rather than trusting in the goodness and provision of the Lord. Let’s not point our fingers at Eve, however, because so often all of us are like her. It’s that distrust in our lives that keeps us from experiencing closer fellowship with the Lord and receiving greater blessings from the Lord. So, why don’t we renew our focus on “trusting the Lord” and “taking delight in the Lord?” That’s the best thing we could do for ourselves and others.
As you pray today: 1) Pray that the Lord would reveal any doubt or distrust towards the Lord in your life – and ask Him to forgive you and remove that doubt and distrust from you; 2) Ask the Lord to fill you with an even greater faith and trust than you’ve ever experienced before; and 3) Ask the Lord to show you how to “take delight in Him” and “commit everything to Him” on a daily (or moment-by-moment) basis. Trusting in the Lord is the key to joy, satisfaction and victory in the Christian life!