In God We Trust?

By February 22, 2012 General 22 Comments

(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from our monthly contributor, Katie Orr.)

Trusting God is hard for me.

See, I like to trust in what I know; what I see, what I can understand. So when life throws me something unexpected—something I can’t understand what the purpose is—I struggle to trust that God has a plan.

If I can remember WHO God is, and cling ever-so-tightly to who I KNOW Him to be, trusting God—REALLY trusting Him—can be a reality for me.

It can be for you, too.

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How to REALLY Trust God.

I get this backward all the time. I try to turn it into a checklist, this trusting-in-God-thing. Problem is, it isn’t something that can be accomplished. I cannot trust God by taking steps.

I trust God by believing better.

This is the route to trust. Not my actions. Not my self-will. It is only the soul who is utterly convinced in the character of an all-sufficient God who finds the secret to trusting God.

Tucked away in the heart of the Psalms there is a passage I love, which illuminates the character of God in such a way that spurs me on to trust Him.

God Sees

The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. (Psalm 33:13-15 ESV)

The God of the universe—the all-mighty, enthroned Creator—sees you and me.

He knows how many hairs are on your head. He chose you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He knows your every thought, action, and word. He knew you when your mother carried you those long nine months (Psalm 139).

He sees what you are going through. The toddler-tantrums. The teenage-hormones. The sleepless nights.

He sees everything that is happening—even the things that take you completely by surprise. He never sleeps. He’s never shocked. He does not miss a thing.

He sees and He knows.

God Saves

The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:16-19 ESV)

God is in the business of rescuing people, for the glory of His name. As Christians, we have been rescued from the death-grip of sin.

Already…but not yet.

Our eternal destiny is secure, but our daily reality tells us that sin is still present. We still need saving, and He is continually in the process of delivering our bodies out from the influence of sin (Romans 6:6).

The very thing you want to be saved from is probably the very thing He is using to save you from the grip of sin.

Let us not be so quick to wish away our difficult circumstances, but instead trust that He is using our struggles to save us from the sin in which we are so easily entangled (Hebrews 12:1).

God is Sovereign

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22 ESV)

He is in control, friends.

Did you hear me?

God is in control.

When your world feels like it is falling apart.

God is in control.

When your hearts feels as if it will burst from overwhelming dispair.

God is in control.

When the unthinkable happens.

God is in control.

I love the way verse 14 puts this: “…from where he sits enthroned…”

God is in control.

Do you have a hard time trusting God?

How do you think focusing more on the character of God, and less on your action plan will help you entrust your days to God? Join the discussion here.

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