I don’t actually trust God.
Yep. There it is. I said it.
I do at times, but there are moments when my actions—or should I say—my inaction, proves otherwise.
I love Jesus and all that the cross represents. I received Christ’s gift of salvation over twenty years ago. I have trusted Him with my eternal destiny, but I confess, that I still struggle to trust Him to guide me here on earth.
Lately, I have found myself struggling to take Him at His Word completely.
I can accept that God loved the world, and you and me, so much that He gave His son so that we who believe may have life after death. (See John 3:16) But for some crazy reason, I cannot wrap my brain around truths like “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”(Psalm 37:23-24 NLT)
I’ve bought into the lie that I am on my own when it comes to the daily grind of choices, decisions, interactions, and relationships. Quite frankly, that terrifies me! If that is true, then I am always just one step away from screwing it all up.
Maybe you are like me. You have faith. You believe God has sealed your salvation, but struggle to trust Him with the daily aspects of life. We trust God with our souls, but not with our next steps, and not with the leap He is inviting us into. We have accepted God as our Savior, but often take our cards off the table when it is time to trust Him as LORD.
Can you relate?
“Lord” is the title for God that demonstrates that He is over all.
All means all.
The good, the lovely, the bad, the difficult, the seemingly small and the overwhelmingly insurmountable; God is Lord over of all of it. ( See Acts 10:36)
If this is true, why don’t our lives reflect it? If we truly believe that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), then let’s be bold children who take big leaps and step out in faith believing that God is sufficient for us in every part of our lives.
He is big enough to take all things and work them for our good—“all things;” including our weaknesses, failures, struggles, and even our mistakes.
So let’s take Him at His Word.
Is there a leap in your life that God is asking you to take?
– A relationship He is asking you to reconcile?
– A small group you are to lead?
– A new skill He wants you to learn?
– A different job you are to pursue?
– A child you are to foster?
What is it that is keeping you from taking the leap?
Is it a trust issue?
If you find yourself crippled and unable to move forward because you don’t fully trust God and His goodness, know that you are not alone. But don’t let that be the end.
Run back to God and confess your lack of trust. And let us say together, “Lord, we believe, but help our unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
Then, go back to God’s Word and remind yourself of God’s character. Remember who God is.
God is faithful. (Deuteronomy 7:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3)
God leads you. (Psalm 37:23)
God delights in you. (Zephaniah 3:17)
God protects you. (Psalm 46:1)
God has a plan for you. (Philippians 1:6, Jeremiah 29:11)
God is not a God of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
God is for you. (Romans 8:31)
We must go back to the basics to leap forward confidently. We must first know God; who He is and what He did for us before we can love Him. It is from that knowledge and love that we learn to trust Him. Obedience flows more freely when we are utterly convinced of God’s heart for us.
“To firmly anchor your relationship with God and know His will, you must be absolutely convinced of God’s love for you.” (Henry and Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God)
Knowing His love, we can take the next step He is asking of us with honest faith. The reward is greater intimacy with God as we learn that He can always be trusted.
Making the leap into unwavering trust builds our faith because it gives God the open door to be Lord of our lives and takes us off our imagined throne of control.
When you find yourself stuck and unable to move out into whatever God is calling you to do, go back to the basics. Run back to the Father’s heart and let Him remind you of His love for you. Leaping will get easier as we are fully convinced that our Abba is for us and will never abandon us. This is His promise in the Word; “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b) and as we taste this Truth, we leap forward with great and joyful anticipation of our future with our good God.
Renee Booe is a military wife, mom of three, and a Revelation Wellness Instructor. She has heart for adoption, freedom living, and encouraging others. You can read more from her at Spur On Love.
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