Trusting in God

Have you ever wondered why God places such importance on us trusting Him or having faith in Him? If someone asked you if Adam and Eve believed in God, I’m thinking the answer you’d give them would be “Yes”, because God’s Word tells us that Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid from Him (Genesis 3:8 NASB). So believing in God wasn’t the problem. Trusting God’s guidance over their own reasoning was.

And as we read through the Bible, have you noticed how having faith in God or trusting His Word, is elevated to a place of paramount importance? Consider Abram in Genesis 15:6 NASB, which states “Then he believed in the Lord; and He credited it to him as righteousness.” “Believing in” goes beyond acknowledgement, it moves into the realm of placing one’s confidence and trust in God’s guidance and that which He has stated He will do. God is God.

And then as we walk through the Bible we see how many others such as Noah and Moses learned to trust in or have faith in God’s Word to them. Consider Moses addressing Israel at the Red sea where Moses says to them in Exodus 14:13-14 NASB “But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will perform for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again, ever. The Lord will fight for you, while you keep silent.” That statement by Moses, shifts their attention from what they see, to what God says. And Moses demonstrated his faith or trust in God by stating what God had said He would do, for Israel.

The Bible, when you stop to think about it, is a record of those (individually and collectively) who did trust in or have faith in God, and those who did not.

Remember how Jesus told the disciples in John 14:1 KJV “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” That “belief” that Jesus talks about is the trusting belief or the faith in belief, that all who learned to trust in God, in the Old Testament, came to understand. It transcends the acknowledgement of the reality of God, to a position of them valuing and putting their faith, confidence and trust in Him, versus their own understanding of that which they saw. And it is no different today, especially when we look at Jesus, and consider what He tells us.

I’ve often wondered about the fine balance that God maintains, in our walk of faith with Him. Jesus tells us that God knows when one little sparrow falls and that we are worth much more to Him than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31). We read it and hear it, but do we believe it? We should, because it is true.

I’d love to have Jesus appear in my bedroom one night and tell me I am His. But He hasn’t done that, not once. That would be seeing and that would defeat the lesson He is teaching me. His word is what He wants me to stand on, to not only believe in Him but to put my faith, confidence and trust in Him, without seeing, relying on His word. Remember Abram, how God told him that his descendants would be greater than the stars in the sky that he could see? Did Abraham get to see that in his lifetime? No he did not, but Abram believed God’s word to him. And has it come to pass, you can bet it has.

God always gives us just enough to keep trusting in Him. Not too much and not too little, just enough. And He strengthens and stretches our faith and trust in Him, as we are drawn closer to Him. I didn’t get this for the longest time, and I am still learning. The sad part is that there are many who say they believe in God, but they have never let go of their own reasoning or their own sufficiency. Letting go is not easy, it’s like taking your foot off of the brake and hand off the wheel when driving a car, but that action changes the destination and the manner in which you get there and puts God in control. God will not take the wheel, or lift your foot off the brake, He literally asks you to give it to Him and that is when His grace, love and will for you becomes increasingly apparent, and we can say like Thomas, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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