“Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” – John 11:40.
To trust is to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of something. So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability, and His strength. Trusting God is more than a feeling; it’s a choice to have faith in what He says even when your feelings or circumstances would have you believe something different. Your feelings and circumstances matter and are very much worth paying attention to, but they can change at any moment. God, on the other hand, does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and therefore is worthy of your trust.
Trusting God is not about ignoring your feelings or reality. It is not pretending that everything is OK when it isn’t. Trusting God is living a life of belief in and obedience to God even when it’s difficult. If you trust someone, you feel comfortable being honest with them about anything. God is much more reliable than even your most trustworthy friend.
Because God loves you, you can show your trust in Him by talking about all your feelings and circumstances with Him through prayer. When you trust, you go to God and His word when life is good and when life is hard. You trust that God will ultimately take care of the rest. In trust, you do not look for security in other things; you look to God to hold you securely in difficult circumstances. You won’t do this perfectly, but God is kind and patient with you while you learn to trust Him. In addition, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
The Holy Spirit lives in anyone who trusts in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is your constant helper, pointing you to Jesus. When Jesus was telling His followers that He was going to die, He knew that they would be worried. They would feel scared about being left alone. So He shared this with them to give them comfort. “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)
The Spirit comforts and reminds you of the truth. The Spirit will also lead you in obedience. He will bring direction to you. The leading of the Spirit can ease struggles by guiding you to acts of obedience. He does not always give you the big picture, but He will show you the next step.
Walking closely with the Spirit will not only give you direction but will remind you that you are not alone. God is not distant. He is with you in difficulty. He is making a way for you.
My prayer is that we learn to trust God with the future. He has a plan for each of our lives and He will bring good from our choice to trust Him.
- 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?