It is easy to say “ Trust God” when you are not stressed or not feeling anxious. It is extremely difficult to wholly rely on God when you can’t meet your bills, you are depressed, lonely, or you don’t know what to do.
It is even easier for me to tell you to “Trust God” and not really ever know your story, or even who you are, or what you are experiencing.
The truth is that we all have concerns that have overwhelmed us at some time or another, and we have seen God work miracles around our messes.
The kind of Trust that I am talking about is really better defined as Yielding. Because realistically, some things are bigger than us, or out of our control. – Van Houser
We want to control our lives, and sometimes we want to control what others think, say, do and even natural occurrences.
But God….. But God is in control of it all!! We are just here to follow. Follow HIM!
You may have heard that if you worry about things, you don’t trust God. I have to disagree somewhat….Trusting God can be a learning process, it is not automatic for all. It takes time, just like a baby learning to trust his parents for care. Every time we cry out to God, and he hears and meets our needs, our trust grows. But if God makes us wait, or we don’t like how he answers, we doubt and worry creeps in.
Increasing advances in technology play a role in trusting God. We have everything at the touch of a button. Weather, Travel, Tours, People—we can find out any question by just asking Google. We don’t have to wait. Why?
It is available anytime.
So why should we put our trust in God?
Because God is bigger than our circumstances and bigger than Google!
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie ten
Marriages and families
Why? They believe that what they are sharing together is special and secure. Marriages with mutual trust can last a lifetime, and yet marriages without trust can dissolve in only a few months. Families that trust each other have confidence in each other’s abilities and work together to meet the needs of everyone. Confidentiality is key. Keep private things, private. Sharing things about your spouse, kids, grandkids, etc.. can cause distrust. Make sure you ask them if it is okay to share before posting family things on social media sites.
Friendships are special relationships that require mutual trust and respect. Sometimes boundaries are not defined and relationships are broken. True friends will respect each other’s space and feel confident in sharing their concerns.
These 2 key relationship areas are part of your core of support. Maintaining and building trust is what holds things together. Jesus knew the value of a strong support team, that is why he called his followers his “friends”.
…I have called you friends.—John 15:15
Businesses state “Trustworthiness” as a character that is most desirable of employees. Because they want to have people they can rely on, dependable, and honest. This is why most companies ask for personal and professional references.
Doctors and Hospitals
Many people will travel extra miles and even out of their way to see a reliable doctor or be at a trusted hospital. When it concerns someone we love, we will fight to give them the best of whatever they need to conquer an illness or disease.
Supermarkets or Restaurants
On average, people will not return to a supermarket or restaurant if they have had an unpleasant experience with food, or if the facility was not clean. We look at reviews, and ask others about food places before we try it ourselves.
Vehicles or Transportation
When we have a vehicle we trust or put our trust in public transportation, like a bus or airplane, we expect to arrive safely. Our trust is based on references, reviews, and quality of the manufacture.
As women and leaders, we want to be stronger, braver, and not dependent on anyone. We set our minds to believe that we can do it all by ourselves. But then, life happens and circumstances take over and we find ourselves seeking God’s help again.
God just wants us to rely on Him for our daily rest, daily energy, daily work, thoughts, daily…hourly…moment by moment. Our actions and behavior are a result of our level of trust.
For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!” Ephesians 5:8
To trust means to allow God to work through us… to complete the tasks He has given us to do. To trust God means I am not in control: My time, energy, thoughts, money, other resources. I am dependent on the Creator of the Universe, and He is in charge.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
By Donna Lindquist