It’s common for Christians to hear: “Put your trust in the Lord” when they face hardship. Good advice! Though in many cases, it’s received as a robotic catchall phrase. Let’s stop for a moment and analyze what this powerful bit of wisdom is asking us to do:
Can God trust you to rely on Him—no matter what?
In Job 1:8, God asked Satan did he consider his servant Job while prowling around looking for someone to devour. God knew He could trust Job to do the right thing in spite of all the tragedies that would come before him.
Can God rely on you to trust Him when:
- You receive an unfavorable report from the doctor? (Isaiah 53:5)
- There’s no money to make ends meet? (1 Peter 5:6-7)
- You lose a loved-one? (Matthew 5:4)
- You are mistreated? (Romans 12:19)
Do you go to the Holy Spirit first when you have problems or do you run to people? God knows how much heat you can take. Can you relax knowing that He will turn the heat down in the nick-of-time? (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Sometimes we might think we’re trusting God when in actuality we have a few tricks up our sleeve—you know—just in case things get too heated. Relying fully on God means there are no back-up plans that we honor above His ways. If this “thing,” whatever it might be, is going to get done—God will have to do it.
Jesus asked the question in Luke 18:8, “When I return, will I find faith on earth?”
Can God rely on you to trust Him no matter what?
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