Posted by: missionventureministries | October 27, 2016

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TRUST IN GOD? – Psalm 34:19

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Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)         

First of all, what is trust? The dictionary defines trust as, “The belief that someone or something is reliable, has integrity, strength and is honest.” 

We all know that God is the personification of this definition and so much more. Then why is it so hard for people and even Christians to trust Him? 

As believers, we need to understand that trust is one of the most important parts of our relationship with God. When times are tough and things aren’t going our way, that’s when many find it the most difficult to trust God; and doubt that God is going to help us. They lack faith in His promises, and worry with endless thoughts about what will happen to them. 

Just like the people in John 6 that had witnessed Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the 5,000 thousand with five small barley loaves and two small fish…the next day where asking Him “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?” (John 6:30). Even after all the miracles that Jesus had performed, they still would not trust in Him. 

God wants us to trust Him when we’re having doubts and are unsure about what to do; therefore, we need to surrender ourselves and all of your troubles to God. We need to realize that there is supernatural strength available to us from heaven, and when we accept these truths, our perspective on life will change. 

We need to replace negative thoughts with positive ones; consequently, when we find ourselves thinking negative thoughts that are depressing us, we need to start thinking about positive scriptures that will help us. Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 

God will answer us at the right moment. He will never fail us, but we need to be especially close to Him during difficult times because our faith will be tested. During hard times we need to ask God to give us perseverance to trust in Him, because God knows what is best for us, and many times God has to do a work in us first by teaching, purifying and molding us before the answer will come.

Please understand that there is no fear when we trust, since the two are opposites. There is also no worry in trust, since when we worry about anything; it is because we have not turned it over to God. Trusting in God takes away anxiety and fear, and gives way to calmness and peace.It is sad to see so many people using a large portion of their energy in worry. There is always something that is troubling them. Their days and nights are full of anxiety, and worrying becomes a fixed habit with them. Peace, calmness and assurance are a rarity in their lives. These people have to learn that the cure for worry is trust. Trust brings assurance. Trust tells us that God is in control, assuring us that God is our refuge and strength, that our lives and everything else are in His hands, and that He will carry out what is best for us in His time.

Trusting in God permits us to see His true character and it gives us confidence. It causes us to realize the greatness and tenderness of His love, and gives us an awareness of His might. As the psalmist wrote: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

There are so many promises about trust in the Bible, but they will never become real to us until we learn to really trust in them.

Another way of looking at trust is that it implies submission. Very often God fails to do things for us because we do not permit Him to. We want to plan ourselves. We want things to be done in the way that seems best to our finite wisdom, but God wants us to trust in Him only.

Trust also implies obeying. It means working with God to produce the results. We can not sit down and be idle and expect things to work out by themselves. We must be workers and not be lazy, since the man who prays for a bountiful harvest but does not prepare the ground, and sows no seed will pray in vain. Trust, faith and works must work in harmony.

We need to understand that our attempts to trust will amount to nothing if we are not willing to obey. We need to obey what God commands us to do, and not what we choose to do.

Trust implies patience. “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10: 36). So many times we want the answers to our prayers right away’ and if they do not come, we grow impatient and think God is not going to answer. There is no use trying to hurry the Lord; we will only hinder Him if we do.

Remember, if you have trusted the Lord as your Savior that things will not always be easy since “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)

And, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

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  1. What a blessing your post is to read. It certainly makes me smile and has touched my heart. ❤ ❤ ❤


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