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4 Basic Truths on Trusting God In Difficult Times

The other day I was watching my son searching for a toy under a couch. He went in search of his dad to help him find it. His dad held the couch for him to crawl under. When he went under the couch to get the toy, he took his own time coming out, oblivious to the fact that his dad was straining under the weight of the heavy couch.

He  put his trust in his dad, knowing he would not get hurt no matter how long it took him to find what he was looking for.

I connected this incident of trust he displayed in his father to the trust that we should have in our heavenly father. Trusting God is sometimes difficult for some of us but as we draw closer to him we realize how vital it is.  It is one of the cornerstone of our relationship with God. This incident cause me to reflect on a few aspects of trust.

The basis of our trust should not be our selves

When we encounter problems and difficulties our tendency is to retreat within ourselves first for a solution.  Almost by reflex we make our decisions based on the way that seems right to us. When we arrive at point where in spite of our best efforts things are still going awry, we get unhappy.

What trusting God remind us is, we serve a God that has divine insight into our lives.  He has a clear purpose for our lives. He sees from a perspective that we do not. We can relax and hand all our burdens to him, knowing that he has our best interest at heart.

We aim for complete trust in God

If we intend to serve God the right way, following his lead wholeheartedly is a must. We cannot trust some of what he says and ignore the rest. Turning to God for only the part of the solution will not benefit us.

God requires that we surrender everything to him. We cannot be half way in and half way out. Neither can we be lukewarm. We have to go all in, all hands on deck. What do we gain by only trusting God halfway? If we partially trust him aren’t we essentially saying we do not fully believe he has our best interest at heart?

We start where we are and continually aim to fully trust in him.

We Cannot Put Our Trust In Things Around Us

I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard someone say, all I am living for is my child or my spouse or the only thing keeping me alive is the work I do. Yes, we should value what we do and the people in our lives. But we cannot put our trust in them because they can be removed from our lives in an instant.

It is like knowing that a bridge can collapse at any moment and deciding to drive over it anyway. Every thing that we may think we can trust in is not guaranteed to last forever. Our only guaranteed is our relationship with Jesus.

Trusting God Gives Us Peace

Trusting God generates peace within us. If we decide to trust God fully then our worries can cease to exist. We can count on him to fulfill his promises in his word. This allows us to find comfort in  any outcome knowing God is in control and only what he desires will occur. When we trust God we accept that he is going to do right by us.

As Isaiah reminds us, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”.

We do not need to carrying any burden but give them to God and watch him guide us towards his purpose for us.

God’s word tells us that no matter how a situation seems our best response is to place our full trust in him. Like a child we are confident that he has everything in control and we can cast all our cares on him. Whether we do this or not his purpose will be accomplished, so why not align our lives with the best outcome for ourselves.

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