“ Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:17-19.
As followers of Jesus we are often told to trust in God at all times, but especially when we have experienced difficulties that were quite devastating to us at the time. And not only are these difficulties causing us to be envious or worried, they make little sense to us. Trusting in God does not entitle Christians to a problem-free life. Nor does it mean that if a believer has problems that must mean they don’t have enough faith.
The Bible paints a pretty clear picture on this. Jesus said in John 16:33, “…you will have many trials and sorrows.“ The Bible is replete with stories of Godly people who suffered trials and sorrows. We are not immune from trials either. When hard times come, the true nature of our trust in God, our faith will be revealed.
True trust begins by acknowledging God, His wisdom, and His ways, and then choosing to act on what we’ve acknowledged. Trusting in God means that no matter what happens, we will turn to Him rather than away from Him. That in a nutshell is it. There are no conditions, requirements, expectations, minimum acceptable standards or escape clauses. Even if life hurts real bad and nothing you asked God for worked out the way you were hoping it would. Trusting means you continue to turn to Him. Trusting God means to respond as Job did: “…The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21)
Trust is not an easy issue. Real trust assumes that the one whom we trust demonstrates the character of honesty, fairness, truthfulness, justice, morality, ethics, and consistency. When reading that list most people would be sighing and saying, “that leaves out everyone I know.” But that defense mechanism of not trusting others is completely irrelevant when it comes to God. His character is one of honesty, fairness, faithfulness, truthfulness, and justice. He is the ultimate example of one who is moral, ethical, and consistent. He is unfaltering. He is dependable. He has earned our trust. He is worthy of our trust. And by trusting Him, we can find the freedom, joy, rest, and peace that comes only from God. .
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6. This passage instructs us to fully trust in God, not on our own understanding. How do we know if God is trustworthy? What are some specific ways we can trust in Him?
- What is one thing you can completely give to God now?