When I saw today’s word for Five Minute Friday was trust, I was pleased because that’s a subject I’m familiar with.
I guess I could go into all sorts of reasons psychological and otherwise why trust is hard for me, but at the end of the day I still need to learn to trust. I need to be able to trust people and more importantly I need to trust God.
Obviously, any obstacle to trusting God is within me and not related to God. When I’ve felt it was hard to trust God, it’s not because He’s changed or that He’s not good, or that He has selfish motives behind what He’s doing in my life.
Trusting God has been a twofold process for me. The most important and influential piece that has helped me to trust God more is to know the word of God. To read the Bible on my own, participate in an in-depth study and sit under the teaching of Pastors who are scripturally grounded and unafraid to preach the word, in season and out of season.
In studying the Bible, I see what the Lord does in the lives of other people and what happens when people choose to sin or to remain steadfast and obedient to God. I see the realities of life: sickness, pain, death and sorrow will touch each life and I can be certain that I won’t escape them either. It would be unrealistic to expect that God will or should exempt me from the difficult things of life.
The second thing that has helped me learn to trust is to walk with God over time. I see mercy God’s goodness and faithfulness to me. I see His and compassion even when I don’t deserve it. I reap the consequences of my poor sinful choices and know that my heavenly Father disciplines me.
Trust for me has been both a learning thing and a faith thing.
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