Oftentimes our perspective of God is colored by the relationships of our lives (especially our relationship with our father) and the circumstances of our lives. The Bible teaches over and over however, that if we are to move onward and upward in our relationship with God, we have to learn to trust Him. If we are going to move to the highest level of Christian living and victory, we must learn to trust the Lord “with all our heart.”
Second Question – “Do you trust God with all of your heart, and if not, why not?” What is it that hinders your faith and trust in the Lord at times? Some people aren’t able to trust God because they do not really know God. They know about Him, but have never surrendered their lives to Him. It’s not until we receive Jesus as our Savior and become a part of God’s family that we really get to know the Lord. The only people who ever really “know” us are those who have a close relationship with us. In order to know God enough to trust Him, it is essential that we first become a member of God’s family.
Some people aren’t able to trust the Lord because they wonder where He’s been when they’ve been enduring tough and trying circumstances. “Where was God when I was being hurt?” or “Where was God when I desperately needed financial assistance?” or “Where was God when I needed and asked Him to intervene in my marriage or family circumstances?” These are questions that I’ve heard many times over. I have to confess that I don’t understand at times why the Lord allows certain things to happen to us, or why it seems He doesn’t always answer our prayers, but I do know that the Lord is with us (even when we do not sense Him) during the difficult times of our lives. He has promised to “never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5); to “be with us always” (Matthew 28:20); and “He is our refuge and strength and a very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). I have discovered that the Lord will walk with us through every “valley,” if we will trust Him with our lives.
Some people are not able to trust the Lord because they struggle daily with the strongholds of pride, selfishness, and self-sufficiency which inhibit their ability to trust the Lord. Over and over in His Word, God instructs us to “test Him or try Him,” in order to discover that He is always trustworthy (Malachi 3:10). But oftentimes our desire for independence or self-dependence keeps us from turning to the Lord and trusting in the Lord.
Along with many others, I have discovered that the Lord is indeed trustworthy, and we can put our faith and confidence in Him. I have discovered: 1) He does answer every prayer, although not always in the way that we want Him to; 2) He keeps His promises; 3) He is always present to help us in times of need; 4) His ways are better than our ways; and 5) He will “supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
I have also discovered that when we “trust in the Lord with all our heart, not depending on our own understanding but seeking His will,” He directs our paths, meets our needs, enriches our lives, and utilizes all that happens to shape us into the image of Jesus and make us strong, victorious Christians. I believe that if you will “trust in the Lord with all your heart” that you will discover the same truths and provision for your life, because the Lord loves you greatly and always keeps His promises!
As you pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to point out any areas of “distrust” in your heart, show you why you struggle with trusting Him, and then ask the Lord to forgive you for your faithlessness; 2) Ask the Lord to draw you closer to Him so that you can see and sense how trustworthy He is, and to fill you with faith; and 3) Ask the Lord to help you to lead others to put their faith and trust in Him.