Trusting God is a Choice
Trusting God is a Choice
As we grow in our relationship with God and experience adversity in our lives we must come to a deeper understanding of God’s word. As we grow in our relationship with God we must become more like Jesus Christ and submit to God’s will and allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives. As we grow in our understanding of God’s Word, we will receive encouragement and strength. This deeper understanding of God’s word will develop a desire to glorify God by acknowledging His sovereignty and His goodness. God encourages His children by demonstrating from Scripture that He is in control of our lives, that He does indeed love us, and that He works out all the circumstances of our lives for our ultimate good, for our eternal salvation. God is always looking out for our eternal good. Everything that He does helps us to grow closer to Him.
Faith is something we cannot feel or touch. 2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, Peter tells us that faith is the very foundation on which we add the other graces to our lives. All of these graces help us to have a personal relationship with God. Trust is something we cannot feel or touch. Faith and trust are choices we make, you cannot have one without the other. Growing in faith and trust is an ongoing process a continual process that we must exercise on a daily basis. The world that we live in is not the world that God created. Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Sin, death, sickness, pain, disharmony between people exists now because Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit. What was God’s intention when He created the world? God wants a people who would be His people and He would be their God. God states this in His word more than twenty times indicating that this is very important to Him. God created a community of people that should glorify Him. God created a people to share His love. We have talked about God’s love, wisdom, sovereignty, God is trustworthy, and God is involved in our lives, in other blogs. “God’s Sovereignty part 1 and part 2” on December 22, 2018 and January 4, 2019 and “God Provides Mankind a Choice part 1 and part 2” on October 5, 2018 and October 12, 2018, and “Can you trust God when life hurts?” August 24, 2018. It may help to refresh your memory to review these blogs.
We must reach out and take hold of the promise of His constant care for each of us. Hebrews 13:5–6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” This is a very important point; that we store this fact in our heart, that God will never leave you nor forsake us this will help us when difficulty comes and we remember this passage. Four times in this passage God emphasizes to us that He will not forsake us. God wants us to firmly grasp the truth that whatever circumstances may occur we must believe His promise that He will not forsake us or leave us to the mercy of the circumstances.
We must recognize His presence and choose to always keep this fact in our minds. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Do you believe in His goodness, His Providence, and His sovereignty? If you do then you must refuse to turn aside no matter what may come or how you feel, as we seek to come to a point of total trust and dependence on God. That is something we are pursuing, no matter what the circumstances we know God is there to hold our hands. We almost never trust God during times of adversity. We must learn that trusting God is first of all a matter of the will, and is not dependent on our feelings. When we choose to trust God, our feelings will follow. In order to trust God, we must know that God is sovereign, wise, and loving. When we choose to believe the truth about God our feelings will follow, when we believe what He has revealed in Scripture. We must be able to say “I will trust You though I do not feel like doing so.”
How close to this ideal situation are you in your relationship with God?