I can vividly remember my middle-school days when a pinky promise was all the assurance I needed. I had no doubt that the person standing across from me who intertwined pinkies with me was going to come through on their end of the bargain. My how times have changed. Why does it seem the older we get, the harder it becomes to trust God? Is it because of past hurts, regrets, or simply over-analyzing things?! Even with all of this, God wants to show you that trust isn’t a cuss word.
The root issue in lack of trust is fear; Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of hurt, etc. Fear will cripple us if we let it. Where did child-like faith go? The innocence of not worrying with being let down was so freeing. It was about being less concerned of what could go wrong and more excited for what could go right! It was exciting to try new things! Now it’s as if we have to do a personalized risk analysis and play out each scenario in our head while weighing the outcome.
Do you find yourself saying, “Here I am Lord, send me!” but the minute He says go, you answer Him back with a questionnaire you need him to fill out to make yourself feel more comfortable? When did we become so comfortable with being comfortable over being obedient?
I am learning more and more that trust is not a cuss word. It’s not even a word we should squinch when we hear. It should be a word that our heart leaps to the sound of because it’s an opportunity to partner with the Father. Trust isn’t about what looks or feels good in the natural, rather accepting the fact that you don’t know it all, and partnering with the truth that God sees and knows it all.
Trust isn’t about what you know but about who you know: Father God. When you really know your Father and not just about him, then you are able to settle your heart and mind because you’re fully aware that He’s got your best interest at heart and has nothing but good plans for you.
5 Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. 6 Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT
Don’t waste your time and energy trying to figure everything out. Trust that God already does. I have learned this the hard way more times than I’d like to admit. Instead, spend that time getting to know your Heavenly Father. And you will find the more time you spend with Him, the deeper connection you will have, and the more you’ll fall in love with trusting Him.
It was the Israelite’s lack of trust that led them to wander the desert for 40 years. They placed their thoughts and comfortability in front of the Father’s promises. But it was Abraham’s complete trust in the Lord that led Him to blessed beyond measure.
Forget everything you think you know about trust and invite Father God in. Partner with Him. Allow Him to show you first-hand what trust really looks like. And watch His promises unfold in front of you!