To Know him is to Trust him
(Posted February 28th 2018 @ 10:25 AM by: Gaylene Plante / HOPE Director - Adena Pedigo)
By Gaylene Plante
My world as I knew it was shattering around me, watching what I thought as my hopes and dreams fall apart, the trust I had in the one person I thought I loved… dissolving. I found myself on my knees broken before God crying out to Him to take the pain away; it was at that time I was fully broken that I heard in my spirit “Trust me”. It was at that altar that I envision myself placing my hand in the Lord; and feeling Him pick me up. It was from that moment no matter what may come, I knew I could always trust in the Lord because His plan is perfect even when I don’t see the plan.
You can say that from that moment, that is my motto. Two very important words in my world, TRUST ME. Because without Trusting in the Lord I am nothing.
The words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean “a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security.”
We cannot trust someone we don’t know, and that is the secret of learning to trust God. When someone says, “Trust me,” we have one of two reactions. Either we can say, “Yes, I’ll trust you,” or we can say, “Why should I?” In God’s case, trusting Him naturally follows when we know Him, and when we know Him we understand why we should trust Him.
Trust is an action of our faith, which is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8 – 9 says
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast
Trusting is what we do because of the faith we have been given. Trusting is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary. The practical consequence of faith in God is trust, which we prove by living out our full acceptance of God’s promises day by day. Furthermore, it is by this trust that we are promised peace: Isaiah 26:3:43 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
When you find yourselves in the darkest of times, unsure of the future, find yourself a quiet place and be encouraged that the Lord has perfect plans. God is worthy of our trust and unlike mankind, He never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises – Psalms 89:34 speaks to that.
When we find ourselves in a trial we sometimes forget who is in control and end up making more of a mess then doing good. We should not put trust in ourselves because our understanding is temporal, finite, and tainted by our sin nature. If we endeavor to know God through His Word, we will see that He is worthy of our trust, and our trust in Him will grow daily.
Every Christian can give personal testimony to God’s trustworthiness as we see His work in our lives, fulfilling His promises to save our souls and use us for His purposes (Ephesians 2:8-10) and comforting us with the peace that passes all understanding as we run the race He has planned out for us (Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 12:1). The more we experience His grace, faithfulness, and goodness, the more we trust Him (Psalm 100:5).5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
We have stories upon stories of documented times in the bible but what about NOW… What are your testimonies of trusting in Him? I pray this is an encouragement to someone… maybe you lost focus on the promises that God has said, Put your trust back onto Him. His PLAN is perfect; dive into His Word/pray more, because the MORE you know Him the more you will trust Him.
As children, trust is easy, it’s sweet and innocent because you believe everyone is trustworthy. However, over time through experiences in life our trust for others and maybe even ourselves changes. However, we have a Father who is faithful and true, and we can stand on a strong foundation knowing God will never turn his back on us, we just need to trust him. Trust – His word is true, Trust – He knows our thoughts, Trust – He has the best intentions for us, the list goes on and on. If we learn to trust in God fully, our trust for others will begin to be repaired. If it has been broken or even for new relationships with God, He will walk through with us in learning to trust again.
My story is still being written, but I know that when I start to fret or catch myself not giving another person trust, I lean on God and ask him to continue to restore my Trust in others.