Trust, you know, that word we constantly throw around. What does it really mean?
Websters dictionary gives confidence, depend, hope and deliver to describe trust. Do these four words not sum up what Jesus taught us to do? They are also action items given to us by our Heavenly Father. We must be confident in His promises (Bible), we must depend on Him to help carry our load, we must always have hope and the complete assurance He will deliver exactly what He has promised.
This struck me as such simple action items and should be an easy task. Of course, we know, living out those four words can be the hardest thing we do. Why is it so hard for us to trust (trust our parents, trust our siblings, trust our spouses, trust our children, trust our friends)? This word is terrifying to some people. They build walls so they don’t have to trust anyone. They live this way because of the fear of getting hurt. They think, “if I don’t let anyone into my heart again I am protecting myself from past and future hurts.” But the truth is they are the ones hurting themselves, not anyone else. When there is no trust, there is no love and isn’t that our most important commandment? We know in this life we will be hurt. We can carry those emotional wounds all of our lives and live imprisoned by our own walls by blaming God or others.
Dr. Charles Stanley gives great insight in 4 principles to help us understand WHY we should trust God:
- Adversity is one of God’s most effective tools for strengthening our faith. If we focus on the ways He is working within us and enabling us to endure affliction, our trust in Him will grow even if our circumstances stay the same.
- The Lord sends adversity to help us, not to hurt us. God’s purpose for allowing pain is to achieve something good. He may be trying to correct us or produce godly character in us. In the case of the apostle Paul, God protected him from pride and taught him to depend on Christ (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
- God is always with us. We may not feel His presence, but He has promised to never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). As believers, we have been united with Christ, and His Spirit lives within us.
- Adversity can be a precious gift from the Lord. Pain and hardship are the instruments He often uses to correct our thinking, turn us around, and guide us onto His path.
You can see the significance of trust and how it shapes us into who God created us to be. Without trust we are in trouble. Relationships are useless, prayers are useless. What is the point. Living in a paranoid state when we can’t trust anyone around us including God.
But those 4 words confidence, depend, hope and deliver perfectly describe trust. It is one of the most important actions we can do for God and every person in our lives. Although it is not easy, when we surrender ourselves to Him and really trust His plans, He promises He will change us. Our circumstances may not change or may get worse. But you will understand the peace of Jesus Christ and the emotional scars start to heal. You start to love people a little more day by day. It is a beautiful process. You see, when we reach that point when we realize we can’t live our lives for ourselves and we are face down on the floor, Jesus comes over picks us up and restores us piece by piece until we are whole.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.