“Why is it so difficult to trust God?”, a friend of mine asked. I believe it’s because, as Christians we tend to liken God to men. How many times have we placed our trust in a friend or a parent and as as a result seen our hopes, dreams and expectations crushed down? We are constantly being let down in our daily lives and it has caused us not to trust in anybody but ourselves. And the more we experience let-downs, failures, and hopelessness, the more we believe that there’s no one who can satisfy us.
So when it comes to God, we tend to believe that He can let us down as well. After all, how can we trust a God that we can’t see? We are not sure that He hears us when we call on Him. Does He really care about us? Our experiences have in some way created a wall between God and us.
As Christians, we should be careful not to equal God with our surroundings. We live in an imperfect world where humans are sinful, hence we should always expect our needs to be unmet. No matter how a friend, a parent or a spouse may love us, they will always disappoint us because they’re imperfect. However, God is perfect, “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever“– Hebrews 13:8. He will always provide us the compassion, sympathy, and understanding we desire. He loves us.
God is the ONLY one who knows us intimately. He knows what’s best for us and what’s not. He will never fail us. He cares about us. The only thing He requires from us is to trust Him.
Trusting God means relying on Him, depending on Him, surrendering/giving up EVERYTHING to Him and submitting to His Word. But most of us prefer to be independent, doing things our ways, be it the search for a husband, job, etc. In Luke 18:18-23, a wealthy man came to Jesus and asked him, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?[…] And Jesus said to him […] Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow, me. But when the man heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.” This man loved his money more than God and was not ready to give up everything for Jesus.
Trusting God also means refusing to be frightened, refusing to panic “for fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18). In Genesis 26, we learn that there was a famine in the land, where Isaac was staying. Abraham may have told his son, Isaac, about the famine he had experienced years before and how he had gone down to Egypt. Now Isaac was experiencing for himself a severe famine, and may have considered going to Egypt as well. But God told him, “Do not go down to Egypt, dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. I will be with you and will bless you” — Genesis 26:2-3
We learn in Genesis 26:6, Isaac obeyed the Lord and stayed in Gerar. Verses 12 through 14 of the same chapter state that “And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him.” Isaac could have panicked and reacted out of fear. Instead, he put his trust in God and stayed in the land.
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God is God, and He is able. No matter what the circumstances are, God can still do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” — Ephesians 3:20. He will go “before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Trusting God is one of the most difficult things a Christian has to do. We all have a history of disappointments but whatever happens, refuse to fear, don’t panic, but seek God’s counsel, rely on Him, trust Him with your whole heart, mind, and soul. Don’t allow your experiences to cloud the reality of who God is. No matter what is going on, remember what Jesus said in Luke 18:27 “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” He is more than you can imagine! His love for you is unfathomable. He possesses all power, all hope, and He is perfectly faithful. Depend on Him and let Him show you how trustworthy He can be and enjoy the fulfillment He will bring that no one else or no other circumstance can come close to.