And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalm 9:9).
Considering all the evil things that potentially may happen in the average Christian’s life, it should be easy to trust God to faithfully keep you and your love ones safe. However, too many believing Christians spend too much of our time worrying about what may happen and too little time giving God the glory and praise due for the blessing of covering you. A good friend of mine, Bishop J. L. Phillips put it this way, “85% of our time is spent worrying about what happens a mere 15% of the time when we should be praising God 85% of the time for the 15% of what does not happen, it is a trust issue.” I could not agree more.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:6). Most of us are holding on to something, a misdeed, misfortune or bit of misinformation that keeps us from truly letting go and letting God. Something keeps us from trusting God whole-heartedly, an idea, thought or maybe an emotion, although deep within we really want to. Whatever you are holding on to or have a hold of you it is time to give it up and let it go. It is like a two-ton millstone around your neck holding you down, holding you back from the love of God and squeezing the joy of life out of you. This is not what God intended this is not the way it has to be.
Although, many say “I have been open with God about my trust issues” and you may have, I suspect that there is one thing, an emotion, you have not been open or honest about and that is FEAR. What are you afraid of? God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of strength and courage. I find it highly contradictory when anyone says; “I do love Him and want to trust him more.” Believe it or not you cannot love God and not trust Him—if you do not trust God—perhaps you are in love with the idea of loving Him, but you do not love Him.
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about” (Psalm 32:9). God did not hurt you, cheat on you or fail you, it is impossible for Him to do either people from your past did those things to you. Place the responsibility where it belong to stop kidding you holding God responsible for the things men and their Master Satan have done. As Job said; “Though He slay me yet will I trust Him.” Personally, I would rather die at the hand of God than live in the arms of the enemy. Loving God and trusting God are choices you have to make every day, if you do not make
a good choice you will find yourself at the mercy of an un-merciful adversary.
Love, a love for God, is the greatest human expression of trust it is a total surrender to His will and way, come Hell or high water, trust Him because He has your best interest at heart. This kind of love is not a romantic love it is more it is a love of aspirations and expectations. To live for God in Christ Jesus is to die to this world, past and present. The Apostle Paul said it best “I die daily” it is the only way to live in Christ. The old inner man dies and the new creature in Christ Jesus lives, lives abundantly. It is the only way a loving God you can absolutely trust would have you to live. “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- The reason I have decided to follow Jesus Christ (prhayz.wordpress.com)
- Benedict XVI reflects on Psalm 23 and Jesus, the Good Shepherd (insightscoop.typepad.com)