Let's face it - God and I have long had trust issues. Because if I'm being honest, trusting God is a isn’t as simple as it sounds. It’s more than words on a cute mug or a favorite verse above your desk, it’s more than a song of praise or momentary thanksgiving. Trust is a verb. What does the Lord say about trusting Him? What does it mean to trust the Lord, to trust in His promises and His unwavering goodness? What about when life gets tough, when the enemy throws tragedy and pain, suffering and hardship our way?
"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just hours after writing those questions in my journal a few weeks ago, I received devastating news from a friend - the kind of news that could cripple your faith, that could crack your bedrock of trust in the Lord. And I knew there was no better time than this to lean into the Bible, to seek His wisdom on this topic that defines our faith - trusting God.
The Bible is filled with women who trusted in God, and the cast of characters includes women young and old, married and single, mothers, sisters, and daughters. In this series, we'll dive into a few of their stories, exploring their faith to increase our own.
Trusting God, Week 1 | An Introduction
In Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts, she chronicles the lifelong battle against our flesh as we trust in God. "Anxiety has been my natural posture, my default stiffness[...] I don't fold my hands in prayer... weld them into tight fists of control[...] Worry is the facade of taking action when prayer really is." Voskamp calls stress not only a "joy stealer," but also warns that our response to stress can be sin.
Instead, give thanks daily. “Thanks is what builds trust,” adds Voskamp. “Gratitude is what births trust… the true belief."
Belief is a verb, it is the action of our faith - to place our trust in God. If we believe, then we must let go and trust. And it is a daily choice, a daily action and step of our faith.
"Jesus replied, 'This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]'." John 6:29 AMP
This is our daily aim, our striving steps of faith as we make our way about our day. May the work of this world, may the trials and tragedies of this world, not deter us from our ultimate work: living a life fully trusting in God.
Meditate on these verses throughout the week, turning to prayer instead of stress and worry, and giving thanks instead of giving in to fear.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." John 14:1 NIV
"Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord." Psalm 40:4
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow." Romans 15:13
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:3-4
Next week, we'll start diving into scripture by exploring the story of the widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:8-24.