When I was finding it difficult to accept an answer God had given, He brought me to one of my favorite Scripture passages, Proverbs 3:5-6.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)
There is a specific type of trust (or faith) that the writer, King Solomon, is referring to in Proverbs 3:5-6. And that’s the kind of trust we need to have as followers of Christ. As Christians, we must be able to trust God deeply.
Deep Trust means trusting God when it looks and sounds ridiculous. Trusting God when everyone around you says you shouldn’t. Trusting God when your world is caving in.
The Bible speaks of men and women like Noah, Joseph, Caleb, Rahab, Shiphrah, and Puah who trusted God deeply, with all their hearts. These individuals had 3 things in common:
- They trusted God when they didn’t understand Him.
- They trusted God even when things went from bad to worse.
- They trusted deeply in the Father even when they didn’t know what tomorrow would bring.
Even if it meant they could possibly lose their lives, these men and women trusted God wholeheartedly, with deep-rooted trust and great confidence.
Jesus was a man who trusted God deeply. He had a built-in trust. It was deep-rooted, ingrained, inbred in Him. He had an inherent trust that never wavered. From Matthew-John in the New Testament, we see Jesus’ confidence in God’s power, wisdom and His goodness. His confidence was not in Himself, but God. Jesus trusted God when His friends deserted Him (Matt. 26:56). Jesus trusted God even when He felt the Father had forsaken Him (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34). He trusted God when people talked about Him, mistreated Him and hated Him. He trusted deeply in God and His will when it didn’t feel good.
No matter where we are in our faith walk, how small or great, God urges us to believe.
Jesus trusted God even when it meant suffering on a shameful cross for the sins that others committed. Jesus trusted God from the bottom of His heart. He trusted in and relied confidently on the Lord – with all His heart – and He obeyed God.
And so, you and I must keep our eyes on Jesus. Look at how He endured hardship and sorrow and suffering. We must allow Jesus to perfect and build our faith. He is the one who brings our faith to maturity. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2).
There are different measures of faith. Maybe your faith is like Job and David. When hell has broken loose and death visits your home, in faith you worship and praise God. Or maybe your faith is like Abraham, you believe with no questions asked. Perhaps it’s like Gideon. You have faith, but you just need some confirmations from God. Could your faith be like the man in Mark 9 (v. 23-24)? You believe, but you need a little help believing completely.
Maybe you have faith the size of a mustard size; it’s very small, but you are allowing God to grow and stretch your faith more and more, day by day.
“if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
(Matt. 17:20, NASB)
No matter where we are in our faith walk, how small or great, God urges us to believe. He commands us to trust Him undoubtedly. He instructs us to have faith in Him – with all our hearts – lean not to our own understanding. But acknowledge God in everything we do.
So how can we trust God from the bottom of our hearts? How can we stop trying to figure things out on our own and simply depend on God to lead us? How can we seek and obey His will in everything we do and not get distracted by life? How can we have deep trust in God, with tremendous confidence?
- By remembering the faithful ones of the Bible and how they did it. Which means, we must open God’s Word, daily to be encouraged and remain focused.
- By keeping our eyes on Jesus. Imitating His life and how He lived. Jesus started the journey for us. We must follow His footsteps.
- By remembering the sufferings our Savior experience was for us. He did it all for us! And now He is seated in the place of highest honor next to God, cheering and praying, and advocating for us.
And here lies the blessing if we trust God deeply and obey His command:
He, the Creator, the Holy Father, the all-wise, all-powerful God promises to direct our paths.
Don’t you want Him to direct your paths? I certainly do. Let’s walk in freedom together, trusting God all the way!
IT’S WEDNESDAY, HUMP DAY! HERE’S OUR BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE TO HELP US GET OVER THE HUMP.
1 A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. And let us keep on running the race marked out for us. 2 Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to. Then he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 He made it through these attacks by sinners. So think about him. Then you won’t get tired. You won’t lose hope. (NIRV)