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9 January - Learning To Trust God

Trust me – we hear this phrase often, but what does it really mean?


The dictionary definition of trust is an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. One in which confidence is placed.


The thing about trusting someone else is that it usually means trusting them to provide emotional, mental, spiritual or physical support.


But for those of us who are more independent and have had to or chosen to take care of ourselves, trusting someone else can be difficult, and our trust issues can rapidly come to the surface.


God, however, repeatedly asks us to trust Him. He wants us to grow in our relationship with Him and to learn that we can trust Him to provide and guide us; to trust Him that He has our best interests at heart because He is always good, faithful and loving.


Trust, however like that, doesn’t happen without the knowledge of the one we are trusting and a result of a growing, healthy relationship. It takes believing that what God says is true and that He is faithful to His promises. Trust like that will take time to build, but as we gain an understanding of how deep, wide, high and extreme God’s love is for us, just like any other relationship, our trust in Him will grow and increase as we choose to take steps every day to relax in the truth that we are loved and that God is trustworthy.


Learning to trust God also means that we no longer have to control everything in our life. Living like that all the time is actually quite exhausting, and really, how's that been working out for you anyway? Instead, God repeatedly says in His Word, “Trust me. I know everything about you, and I’ve got this covered”.


As Charles Spurgeon said, We cannot always trace God's hand, but we can always trust God's heart.


Your daily decision, therefore, is, “Will you trust Him to love and care for all your needs and the dreams in your heart? Or will you keep your hands tightly on the reins, only trusting yourself to be in control to get things done?"


Today, I encourage you to make the decision that you will take some time to get to know God more so you know why you can trust Him to provide for you in every area of your life; read the promises in His Word and sit and talk with Him for a while. Then take steps each day to rely on Him to lead you in both the little and bigger things in your life and be encouraged as you do that, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” (Dwight L. Moody)


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?" (Numbers 23:19)


Prayer: Lord, please help me to know you more so that I can learn to trust you more in every area of my life. I choose to trust you today. In Jesus name Amen

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