You don’t have to understand God to trust God.
Oh, what a work that He does in us. That sometimes we think Him either absent or reckless in the process. It is often only in hindsight that we can see things from His viewpoint. Though we may not understand His ways, we can trust Him in His ways.
I was born with a cruel error in my senses in which normal sights and sounds cause me pain. It makes it hard to be around people, and often completely unbearable. Before I was saved I used to think that either there was no God, or He was not a loving God, as why would He have done this to me?
Successful suffering is continuing to trust God in the midst of your suffering. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” (Job 13:15).
Several years ago, I had a burden of the Lord to serve in the prison ministry. I signed up for a training class and the first day was impossibly painful. Being in a group setting is often too hard for me. On the way to the second day of training I was very angry at God. I knew what He wanted me to do, but it made no sense. Why me?
Trusting God does not mean you understand your circumstances, only that you know He will carry you through them. “And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him” (Psalm 37:40).
I was driving my truck to this next class through a heavy rain storm. I was yelling at God in my anger, telling Him, “You can’t ask me to do this. I don’t know enough. I am not good enough. I can’t speak in front of people. I can’t even be around people. You know I can’t do this! You’re the one that broke me, how dare You ask me!”. Then I slammed my fist on the steering wheel.
We always share the most with those we trust the most. I want you to know, you can always trust your Father enough to tell Him how you feel. What you tell God reveals all.
Right then my truck hit a pothole in the freeway and started hydroplaning out of control. Then it happened, my life was forever changed, for the first time I heard the voice of the Lord. It was a whisper into my heart and He said only two words, “Trust Me”. At that very moment the truck regained control and I drove straight ahead to the class.
You must first trust in God to get you through it before He will lead the way. Follow Him whether you see the victory or not. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).
Fast-forward a few years later and I was standing in front of seventy men inside a prison chapel. I preached my first message and it was called, “In God we trust”. I carry a copy of that message in my Bible to this day. I spent several blessed years teaching and preaching in several prisons before He called me out to start an online writing ministry. I heard Him whisper into my heart to name this ministry, “He has you”.
Sometimes God won’t part the sea until we trust Him to do it. “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward'” (Exodus 14:15).
To this day when I write or speak, I fall before the Lord and cry out to Him that I cannot do it. Then I surrender all and trust Him to do it through me. No matter your obstacles, you can always trust God. His calling on your life is not by your abilities, but by His.
The problem is never if God can do, but do we believe He can. And if we believe, do we trust He will do the right thing? Trust Him.
He will not take you up the mountain until you first learn to trust Him in the valley. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me…” (Psalm 23:4).
If you can only trust someone half the time, then you really can’t trust them at all. The same is true with your trust towards the Lord Jesus. Until you learn to trust Him in everything, you will struggle to trust Him in even the littlest of things.
Trust Him when it makes sense not to.
Trust Him when you don’t want to.
It’s easy to trust God until you really have to. And it is there that our lessons begin. “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:8).
Sometimes the only thing we can do is to trust Him and then say, “Selah”.
Our problem is that we trust ourselves too much, and trust in the Lord too little.
The world says God helps those who help themselves. The Word says God helps those who trust in Him. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped…” (Psalm 28:7).
Maturing in Jesus Christ is not that you know more but that you trust more.
You will never be wrong when you trust in the Lord.
Blessings to you,
All Scripture is in red and uses the NKJV (New King James Version) translation unless otherwise noted.