4 Dictionary definitions (DD)
- Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
- Allow someone to have, use, or look after (someone or something of importance or value) with confidence.
- Acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation.
- Have faith or confidence.
At the end of January 2018, God really started dealing with me about learning to trust in him. Prior to that, there were many times I would confess with my mouth, cry out in prayer, and write about my desire to surrender and trust God with all my heart.
But my heart’s posture did not line up with my words. I would say, “Lord I trust you and above all let your will be done.” But I never really meant that last part. Truthfully, most times I would come up with my own plans, I would not seek God’s will concerning them, and ask God to bless them. There’s nothing wrong with creating plans, but we should be creating our plans with God. Habakkuk 2:2 is a favorite for people who love to plan. “And the Lord answered me to write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.“ That was my scripture! But I forgot to read verse 1.
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint. Habakkuk 2:1
Many of us are writing out the vison for our lives, but is it God’s vision for us? Have we sought God in his presence before making plans for our lives? Have our plans come from a revelation after spending time in his presence, and waiting on God like the man of Habakkuk 2:1?
(DD 1) Do you have a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability and strength of God? (DD 2) Have you allowed God to look over your life with confidence? Have you given your life over to him? – beyond a prayer of salvation; your day to day life. Have you died to yourself?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
The truth is, learning to trust God is a process. We don’t reach a place of complete trust and surrender instantly, but we must continually learn to trust in God more and more. Walking out the process isn’t easy, but there are things we can do daily that help and strengthen us through the learning process:
1. Spend time in the word and meditate on scripture.
We should read about people in the word who trusted in God. 1 kings 17-19 is one on my favorites. Elijah moved when and where God told him too. (DD 3) He accepted the truth of God’s statements without evidence or investigation. But I also like Elijah because we see in 1 kings 19 that his journey wasn’t always smooth, but he still trusted in God and was obedient to God’s instruction without needing an explanation.
As for mediation on scriptures, what I do is keep scriptures in a visible place where I’m bound to see it multiple time a day. Galatians 2:20 is my phone screen background, and Proverbs 3:5-6 is up at my desk.
Like I said, I would cry out in prayer and say it with my mouth, but trusting God was not my heart’s posture. But I continued to pray and confess it, and now it is my heart’s desire to trust God more and more. If you’re struggling with learning to trust God, he wants you to ask for his help in learning to do so -we really can’t do it without him regardless. But it’s not black and white, where we either trust God or we don’t. We have to learn to trust God more and more. I still cry out in prayer for God to help me trust him more, and I find myself learning to depend on God more. I no longer ask God to fulfill my plans, but I ask God “what do you want?” THEN I write the vison, make it plain, and pray on it.
That being said, we don’t always need a revelation to pray in accordance with God’s will. Sickness and disease is not God’s will. His son paid the price for that.
2. Live a lifestyle of worship
A few years ago, I was at a worship service and I got a picture as I was worshipping. Let me paint the picture for you:
You know when someone puts their hands behind their back, and someone else sticks their hands through their arms and pretends like their hands belong to the other person? It was like that, except the person with their hands behind their back had their hands up in worship, and the other person’s hands belonged to God.
When our hands are up in worship, it allows for God’s hands to come in and work on our situation. And not just worship with songs, but worship with our whole lives – How we treat other people, how we treat our jobs or businesses, what we do with our time, and finances.
This isn’t being lazy, but in fact, as we trust in God we should have a spirit of discipline (we can ask for help with that too) to carry out the work he has given us with excellence. Our hands up in worship in everything we do, allows us (DD 4) to show that we have faith and confidence in God to do what he said he will do.
Learning to trust God isn’t easy, but it’s a process that’s definitely worth going through.