We had our Women’s conference recently and one of the seminars focussed on how we can trust God, whatever our personal circumstance. It is easy to trust God when everything is going our way, but the test of our faith is trusting when it looks like all hell is breaking loose. Here are five trusting habits we discussed that you may want to adopt.
1. Study his word, because it is through knowing his word that you get to know God. The book of John, chapter 1 verse 1, tells us that: ‘In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God’. You can’t expect to trust someone you don’t know. In the scriptures you will find out exactly how much God loves you and the wonderful promises he has given you. Romans 10:17 reminds us that, “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” You will have an easier time trusting a God that you know.
2. Stay in communion and fellowship with God through prayer. Prayer can simply be having little conversations with God all day long. He is a personal God and if you will take time to listen to his voice in prayer, he will share his great plans for your life with you and speak to you in a language you understand. That personal connection breeds trust.
3. Examine your heart. Is there unforgiveness? Disobedience? Sin of any kind? Sin puts a wedge between you and God and robs you of the confidence to approach him with boldness. So, any distance between you and God is not because he cannot be trusted, but because of his word that says: ‘If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened’ (Psalm 66:18). So, confess any known sin and your trust in him will grow because when we confess our sins, in his faithfulness he forgives, cleanses and embraces us (I John 1:9).
4. Lean on God. Proverbs 3:5 says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.’ Our own limited minds cannot comprehend the greatness of God. He is a miracle worker. He sees the end from the beginning. We must learn to lean on his supernatural rather than our own natural wisdom. As he begins to demonstrate his faithfulness and goodness to us, our trust level will grow.
5. Take your eyes off the problem and fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). If we fix our eyes on our problems, they just grow bigger, but when we fix our eyes on the goodness and mercy of God, our trust levels will increase. Remember, God is not just willing to come to your aid when you are in need, he is also able to do much more than we can imagine.
Practise these five habits and watch your trust level soar!