A father was fond of throwing his one-year-old son in the air playfully. The little boy enjoyed this game, and he giggled whenever he dropped back into his father’s strong arms. However, his mother thought it was a bit rough. So, one day she said to her husband, “Jim, the kid is just one; he’s not a ball.” Jim smiled and responded, “I’m teaching him to trust me, Rose. Now he knows I will catch him; in the future, he’ll know he can tell me anything.”
In the story above, to teach his little boy to trust him, Jim had to throw him in the air. Sometimes, God allows circumstances to give you a jolt so you can trust Him with all your heart. Certainly, trusting people takes time because human beings are unpredictable. But learning to trust God doesn’t have to take that long.
What Is Trust?
Trust is a reliance on someone’s character and ability. It’s also dependent on a benefactor and confidence in a protector. Trust is your emotional and mental response to something or someone who has proved to be steadfast. It is a state of mind towards God.
Trust initiates an exchange of access; it’s a two-way thing. When you trust someone, you give them access to your weaknesses, secrets, resources, and even family. In return, that person gives you access to the same things. But when you trust God, you receive more than He does. Yes, He gets access to your heart, but you access His strength, love, faithfulness, mercy, compassion, grace, blessings, and peace. In fact, trust is what you need to see God manifest in your life.
Trusting When You Don’t Understand
Have you ever wondered why trusting God doesn’t come easy? Well, let’s peek into the life of the man God called “a perfect man” to learn a thing or two. From the biblical account of Job’s life, you’ll see that trusting God was easy for him, even amid calamity.
Indeed, a great darkness pervaded Job’s life when he lost his children and all his material possessions in one day. Yet, Job still trusted and worshipped God. In Job 13:15, he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Such profound words from a grieving father and a bankrupt businessman. But, although he couldn’t understand the reason for his great suffering, he trusted that God would get Him out of it. Why? Because Job knew something, most people don’t.
Here’s Why Job Trusted
Most people don’t know that God works behind the scenes. Naturally, you’re designed to believe what you see, so what you can’t see either creates fear or suspicion. Job 23: 8-9 says, “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work…”
You see, Job also couldn’t see, yet in this text, he seems to say, “I can’t see God, I can’t feel God, but I know He’s at work.” “It seems as though God has gone on a stroll about my situation, but I know He is closer than my skin.” When people build, you see the engineers on site, the bricks, and the wood. However, when God is at work, everything looks the same.
Perhaps there’s a current situation in your life that still looks the same. The truth is, God is working on the health of your loved one. Your job is top-priority to God. He is repairing the broken walls in your marriage. No matter what the problem is, you can take it to God or leave it with Him. The bottom line is, to leap over the wall of unbelief that prevents you from trusting God, you must understand that God is at work when nothing is working.
3 ways to learn to trust God
Understand God’s power - It’s impossible to trust someone without knowing what they are capable of. At the beginning of Abraham’s walk with God, he didn’t fully understand God’s ability. But as years passed, he got to know God as the Almighty God. Gradually, he realized that God could fulfill every promise He’d made. Romans 4:20-2 says, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Learning to trust God means understanding the scope of His power. The good thing is, nothing is impossible to God, not even your current seemingly impossible condition.
Understand He’s a God of purpose – God doesn’t orchestrate everything that happens in the world, but he makes them serve His purpose. Horrible things might have happened to you and your family, but it’s not God’s will. Yet, He will use every bad situation to give you a beautiful life. Consequently, God wouldn’t always change your experience when you pray to Him. Instead, He will make it serve His purposes concerning you. Romans 8: 28 (NIV) says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Understand God’s love – Someone who loves you would want to protect and prosper you, right? Well, it’s the same with God. His love is unconditional; you can’t do anything to deserve it, so you can’t do anything to lose it. And because He loves you, He’ll never leave you or forsake you. Think about it, while you were a sinful rebel, He gave His son to die in your place. Certainly, you can trust Him.
Finally, trusting in God has limitless and inexhaustible benefits. But one benefit that encompasses the others is peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Trust brings peace!
Imagine living without peace! Nothing works or grows without this ingredient. In truth, peace is the first thing that leaves when the violent waves of life come crashing. The good news is, you can trust the calmer of the storms to steal the show in your favor.
God bless you.