Sometimes it is hard to trust. Trust is defined as the reliance on something or someone. We struggle with trust because it means we are dependent on something other than us. Scripture, time and time again, is clear that we need to believe in God. Yet, how do we do that?
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
T – Timing
God is always on time. We may not like His timing, but His help is always on time.
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” – Acts 1:7
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
R – Rely on sound teaching
We need to align ourselves with sound doctrine and true teachers of God’s Word. Many Christians lack any sense of discernment when it comes to those that they allow to influence them. Sound doctrine has a way of calming our fears and strengthening our ability to trust.
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:” – Titus 2:1
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” – 2 Timothy 4:3
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2Timothy 2:15
U – Unwavering
We need to make up our mind that we are going to follow God regardless of what happens. Knowing that God is on our side should bring comfort and confidence.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” – 1 John 5:14
S – Scripture
We trust in the Word of God by faith and not by feeling. Even when we feel low, God’s Word is still faithful.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” – Isaiah 40:8
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
T – Turn to God
We need to turn to God in prayer not as a last resort but at the very first. There is nothing wrong with staying in a constant sense of prayer. However, we do need to bow down in prayer and humbly seek the Lord.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” Isaiah 55:8
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James 4:10