I want to pose a question: Is God trustworthy?
Before you get religious and start forming opinions of the kind of Christian you think I am…do me a favor and ponder the question: Is God trustworthy? Or maybe I should rephrase the question: Do I, (Insert your name here), approach God like He is trustworthy?
I have spent years accepting the fact that I am incapable of overcoming all doubt and having unwavering faith. I have resigned myself to the idea that I am incapable of living a life that sees answered prayers and healings so much so that I decided that I would only ask God for something in desperate measures…after all other options had been exhausted. Prayer became something I did in desperation seeking an end-result after I spent hours on Google, reading books, seeking counsel, and/or creating my own solution. I believed faith was too complicated for me to attain and overcoming doubt would be a life-long struggle. Though recently, I was approached by my spiritual father and asked one simple question: “Are you saved?” And I said “Yes!” I absolutely am saved, I believe in God, I just struggle to believe He will work on my behalf. He then led me to this scripture:
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” -Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
The very act of coming into relationship with God establishes a measure or portion of faith into my life. That is mind-blowing! Then, why do I still struggle? Because the root of my inability to rely on God is that I don’t trust Him. I believe (have faith) in God but I do not trust Him. Trust as defined on dictionary.com is: “to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something.” Let me put it this way: faith is a noun…trust is a verb. Faith is something we have, we know, we believe…but trust is something we do. Trust is putting our faith to action. For example, I have faith and believe that my husband will take care of my children but I don’t trust him enough to let him pick out their clothes. While that is a simple example, you can see how easy it is to believe in someone’s character and capabilities but how difficult it is to rely or have confidence in them in day-to-day activities.
I say all that to say, when we, as Christians, face daunting situations: Who do you turn to first? Do you turn to yourself, the internet, friends, families, counselors, books? When and if you do approach God: Do you approach God like He is worthy of your trust? Do you approach Him like He is the only one capable of handling your situation? Do you approach God with a confidence that He will take care of you? Do you trust God?
We are surrounded by a culture emphasizing independence, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-discovery, and personal achievements that it is no wonder it is difficult to trust. Then, the culture enforces our inability to trust because we are surrounded by corrupt leaders, an ineffective government, scandalous religious ministries, Christian hypocrites, struggling financial system, an unjust judicial system, and the list goes on. Where truth be told…we don’t trust our government, don’t trust our leaders, don’t trust our schools, don’t trust our bosses, don’t trust our churches, don’t trust our jobs, don’t trust the banks…we don’t trust. Yet, 2 Corinthians 1:19 says:
“For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to, and as God’s ultimate ‘Yes,’ he always does what he says.”
God is trustworthy because: He always does what He says (2 Corinthians 1:19), He does not lie (Hebrews 6:2), His very essence is truth (Psalms 119:60), He is consistent (James 1:17), He never changes (Hebrews 13:8), and He is faithful for He cannot deny who He is (2 Timothy 2:13)!
I posed the question “Is God trustworthy?” and with a resounding response I say “Yes!” As Isaiah 55:8-9 says, God’s thoughts and His ways are higher than mine…meaning God knows best and He is trustworthy! Whether it’s your marriage, your bank account, your children, your job, your life, or something else that is in desperate need of help…I am telling you that you can Google every resource, visit every counselor, use every skill you have and still get fruitless results. But with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)! I urge you to change your perspective this year and begin to trust the God who spoke the world into existence, sent His son Jesus that you might be saved, resurrected Jesus from the grave, performed countless miracles, turned 12 unqualified men into the disciples that would start a movement to spread the gospel throughout the world, and preserved the Bible’s integrity and reliability despite decades of adversity! God is worthy of our trust and capable of whatever you need! I ask again: “Do I, Heather, approach God like He is trustworthy?” My answer has been “No” but 2014 that changes. How about you?