Can God be trusted? Can I trust this being that I can’t see? Can I put my “whole” life in limbo for a person that lives far away in some supernatural environment called heaven? These are questions a lot of people are asking today. The issue of trust is very vital for life. The writers (Ed Delph, Alan and Pauly Heller) of the book “Learning How to Trust,” make the following statement about trust and I quote.
“Without trust, your faith – the very foundation of your salvation- will erode. On the one hand, trusting provides the probability of disappointment but also the probability of success and happiness. But on the other hand, not trusting provides the certainty of loneliness within the supposed safety of self –sufficiency.”
Wow what a statement? There is a risk in not trusting, the risk of not trusting outweighs the potential pains of the disappointments we might face when we do trust. Many are hesistant to put their trust in God because of prior disappointments,” I prayed for a raise and I was fired instead,”” I asked God to save my marriage and it ended in divorce. “Such disappointments add to reasons why we simply don’t want to trust God again. However, there is a risk in remaining in that mindset; there is a risk in drawing a negative conclusion about the nature of God because things did not work out for us. There is a risk of not being able to tap into the vast resources that are in God because of our lack of trust in Him. There is a certainty of loneliness, isolation, self pity and a mentality that our lives cannot be better when we do not trust God. Now, I am not attempting to explain the theology behind why your marriage failed or why you lost the job or why you are expriencing that disappointment, my encouragement to you today is to learn to trust God again. It is in first trusting God, that your trust in other areas of liFe begins to develop.
For this to happen, we need to see God in a different light. Trusting in God depends on your perception of who God is to you. If you don’t see God as a good God regardless of what has happened then the potential to trust God is diminished.
The scriptures say the following in Psalm 34:8
“O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.”
Our trust in God should sterm from the fact that He is good. Yes He is, He is not out to get you or destroy your life, He wants to bless us. However, we have to taste, take a step, participate and initiate that fellowship. When this happens, there is not only validation at the end but a sense of peace that comes with this trust. Dear readers, God can be trusted; He has what it takes to do the impossible. He is not in some far away place wishing for you to come, God is right there with you in that circumstance. You see, we cannot worship God honestly if we don’t trust Him and we will not be able to trust Him until we see Him the way He really is, as the good Father that He is. God bless you.