According to Dictionary.com, TRUST (as an action verb) is defined:
to have confidence in; rely or depend on : to believe : to expect confidently; hopeSo, in reference to a Believer's trust in God, this means:
- to have confidence in God, believing He is in control of all things
- to rely or depend on God for help, comfort, strength and/or peace
- to believe in God, or believe what He says in His Word is true
- to confidently expect or hope that better things are on the way
Some of you, however, have been given bad examples of trust, or have been disappointed by someone you trusted, so you don't know HOW to trust anyone anymore... and that includes God.
How do you place your TRUST in God when you don't know how?
If you are truly committed to building a trust relationship between you and God, it WILL happen for you. But, TRUST isn't something that just automatically happens. It is a journey, and is something that needs to be consistently nurtured. Here are some things you can do to help you on your journey:
1. PRAY and ask God to show you how to trust in Him. I truly believe He will honor that request if you are sincere about it. Consider Mark 9:24 that says, "Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” The man in this passage had faith that Christ could do miracles, but he knew his faith wasn't as strong as it should have been. He acknowledged his doubts here and asked for help with those doubts. In the same way, you can acknowledge your lack of TRUST, and sincerely ask God for help.
2. READ VERSES ABOUT TRUST. Look up all the verses about TRUST that you can find and meditate (ponder, reflect, think deeply) on them. Here are just a few to get you started:
- Psalm 56:3
- Psalm 13:5
- Psalm 37:5
- Proverbs 3:5
- Proverbs 16:20
- Isaiah 26:3-4
- Romans 15:13
- Philippians 4:6-7
- Philippians 4:19
- Hebrews 11:6
3. READ THROUGH THE PSALMS and write down all the attributes/characteristics of God that you see, and be sure to personalize them. Here are a few examples from Psalm 3 to get you started:
- Psalm 3 is a lament - a song about suffering. It is a plea to God for help. I can be confident of God's help.
- Psalm 3:3 - The Lord is a shield around me. He is the One who lifts my head.
- Psalm 3:4 - He answers me when I cry out to Him.
- Psalm 3:5 - He sustains me.
- Psalm 3:7 - He can deliver me from my enemies.
- Psalm 3:8 - He blesses His people.
4. START KEEPING A PRAYER JOURNAL so you will be able to look back on it and see how the Lord has answered your prayers.
5. MEET WITH A MENTOR. Make the effort to find a follower of Jesus Christ that you look up to - someone you believe you can learn from - and ask him/her to meet with you on a weekly basis. Use that time to talk and go over questions you have about God and the Bible, to share prayer requests and concerns, and to pray together.
If you have other ideas that have worked for you, I would love to hear them. The main idea is to keep working on building a trust relationship with your Lord, and good things are bound to happen.
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