Tag Archive | Trusting in God

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ” Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk is asking, “Where are You God? And why aren’t You doing something about this situation?  Our most basic needs aren’t being met.  Don’t You care about us?”  This is a very common response when anyone is in the midst of troubles…our vision is very myopic, only seeing what’s right in front of us, not any further.  But it’s not until we can look beyond and see God’s “Big Picture” that we, like Habakkuk, can say, “In spite of what I see around me…regardless of this present situation, I will put my trust in You God!  I will place my faith in You for I know You will provide.”

Mark 10:20-22 ” ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

Jesus had answered the rich young man’s question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  But when the young man arrogantly stated he had kept all the 10 Commandments from childhood…Jesus stared directly at him.  Now Jesus could have called him out on it.  He could have run down a list of 100 times this young man had failed…but He didn’t.  Rather, Jesus looked into the young man’s eyes and saw his potential.  So He gave him an invitation, but within that invitation was also a hard decision.  A decision the young man sadly was not willing to make.  We all have an Achilles heel…a area of our lives we hold on to, stubbornly clinging to, unwilling to trust it completely to the Lord.  But it’s not until we surrender all aspects of our life to Jesus that we can fully follow Him.  Jesus told the rich young man,  “Trust in Me.” …and He’s asking that of you today.

Psalm 33:8-9 ” Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”

God spoke – and the world came into existence.  He spoke – and there was light.  He spoke – and the earth with everything we know was created.  It says in Psalm 148:5, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.”  It’s impossible for the human mind to understand the sheer power, authority, and energy when God speaks.  But we do know that when He speaks, lives are changed.  So how then can we hear Him?  God speaks through His Word, the Bible.  But when was the last time you opened His Word and allowed Him to speak to you?  For the same words He used to create the universe lie within the pages of His book, the Bible.   Allow God speak to you today…open His Word.

Hebrews 10:39 ” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

The gist of this Scripture is repeated in Habakkuk 2:3-4 where it says, ” But the righteous will live by faith.  And if they shrink back, I will not be pleased with them.”  We all claim to have faith and trust in God…but do we really?   Shrinking back is hesitation and self-doubt that we can really do what God is calling us to.  Sure, we can believe for great miracles in someone else’s life…but when it comes down to trusting God in our own, we falter.  Self-doubt can effectively stop any Kingdom work the Lord has for you…for when you hesitate, you’re essentially telling God you don’t trust Him.  We are to live by faith, believing that if God calls us to something, He will equip us also.

Micah 7:7 ” But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

I don’t know about you, but patience has never been one of my greatest attributes.  I want something to happen now, not later…and I get antsy and anxious when I have to wait.  But if you look carefully at this Scripture, you’ll see Micah concluded there are two things we need to do…watch and wait.  So, what does it take to successfully watch and wait for the Lord?  In a word – it takes trust.   To trust in the Lord is not a one time, one size fits all event.  Trusting in God is an ongoing, ever-growing, process of waiting in hopeful expectation and increasing belief that He will do what He says.  Our job isn’t to manufacture the outcome…or job is to rest in Him, waiting and watching as He does the work in our life.

Genesis 2:15 ” The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

In this verse the concept of stewardship first appears.  Adam was to tend the garden.  He was to carry out the vision of the owner (God), be accountable to Him, and not be careless with what he was given.  So, what makes up a good steward?  First, it’s acknowledging that we own nothing…God owns it all – even our very lives.  We then need to trust Him completely, embracing the plan and purpose of our life and “tend the garden” He has given us.

Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

I encourage you to read the entire 11th Chapter of Hebrews, for in it you will read of many kinds and shades of faith.  Faith is an ongoing lifetime journey of trusting God.  It’s a way of life, not just a one time action done at conversion.  Our faith grows as we grow in Christ…confidence in Him is forged and built  every time we make the decision to trust Him.  But as you read through Chapter 11 you’ll see the different nuances of faith shown… there’s expanding and growing faith, there’s  beyond logic and reasoning faith, there’s sacrificial, persecuted, and impossible faith.  Our life of faith begins with an internal response, which leads to  faith-filled action.  From there, it’s a life based on God’s promises…not on circumstances.  Though, when you get to the end of this chapter you’ll read, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”   Every person you read about here in Chapter 11 was praised for their faith, yet not one saw their promise fulfilled in their lifetime. Instead, they all persevered under pressure, never giving up, and always putting their confidence in their Lord.