I am a lover of stability and predictability. I like when things are black or white and I don’t do well when there are gray areas. I’m not a “go with the flow” type of person. Change and I are not besties! I’m not a fan of life’s curve balls. When situations in life add up and make sense, I feel secure and I’m more prone to trust.
But life is unpredictable and unfair at times. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. There is nothing that can prepare you for situations such as: the death of a family member, losing your job before the holidays, having your best friend stab you in the back, or your spouse leaving you after ten years of marriage. When we experience such things, it causes us to develop trust issues and we cling to fear rather than our faith.
When we’re really going through a difficult season, putting our trust in God seems like the hardest thing to do. When God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we think He ought to, we lump Him in the same category as all the other people who have hurt, failed, and let us down. I recently stopped and asked myself the question, “why do we fail to trust God at times?” The answer I came up with, is our lack of understanding of who God truly is.
So how do we get to know God and trust Him? Two ways:
- Reading His word
In a court of law, individual’s will sometimes use a character witness to help their case. A character witness is, “a person who can attest for someone’s conduct or good reputation from personal knowledge of the witness.” The Bible is full of character witnesses who can attest to the faithfulness of God. Through reading the scripture we are able to see God’s character in action. Just ask Job. Job’s whole world fell apart and yet, he was able to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). He didn’t understand why everything happened the way it did, but he knew who God was. He had experienced the goodness of the Father and his answer was, “I trust You.”
In any relationship, you develop a bond of trust by getting to know the other person. When my husband and I first started dating, it took me a long time to fully trust him. I’m not one who opens up quickly. We would talk for hours either on the phone or in person about any and everything. The more we shared with one another the more I let my guard down and began to trust him. I could say anything to him and he would listen no matter how crazy it sounded or sometimes how harsh it would come out. He was the first person I wanted to talk to when I was having a crummy day or wanted to share good news with. Just knowing he would be there for me in the good and bad times, allowed me to trust him. In the same sense, God is a personal and relational being. He desires for us to get to know Him by spending time in prayer. In doing so, we can develop a more intimate relationship with God. He will reveal Himself to us as we commune with Him.
Whatever you’re facing right now God is asking you to, “Just Trust Me.” His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). People and situations change, but God does not (Malachi 3:6a). Allow the word of God to fill your heart with steady assurance that He will never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:4). Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8a)!