Faith, or believing in God, is the foundation of any Christian’s walk with the Lord. You can’t be in a relationship with someone you don’t believe in. So, without faith, you’re nowhere. In fact, the bible says that without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
That’s not really rocket science, right?
Trust, on the other hand, sometimes appears to have rocket science-like qualities. It can seem impossible to properly do, even at its most basic level.
Why is that, that for so many of God’s people, we’ve got that faith part DOWN but our trust in God leaves something to be desired. I’m all in Lord, I believe! I believe! Nothing is going to shake what I know, that I know, that I know – that You are God ! But what’s that Lord? You want me to hand over all my concerns to you? …. (*Crickets*)
I’m uncomfortable with trust. I don’t want to give up control.
But why not?
I think that there are lots of reasons why people struggle with trust. In my case I think there are a few core issues, most notably among them that I can often doubt His goodness. That’s kind of shameful to admit that. But it’s true, that somewhere in the deep recesses of my heart, I worry that He won’t take as good care of me, as I could when I am in the driver’s seat of my life.
Which is a lie.
But so much of my life is lived in bondage to that lie. I’m over here, chomp-chomp-chomping away on the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The same lie, the same fall, over and over again. The lie, then and now, is that it is possible to know, more than God does, what’s good for us. It sounds ludicrous when you say it like that. How could an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-seeing, exists-outside-of-time-and-space being – who is light (1 John 1:5) and love (1 John 4:8) itself – NOT know what is better for you than you do? Of course He knows best.
But in my own day to day life, I’m busy thinking up 12 strategies to address an imagined future scenario that MIGHT happen. I’m not only trying to control the unknown, but please believe, all 12 of those options involve me trying to fix it myself.
This is so far from the rest, the true, life-giving peace that comes with trusting God.
It reminds me of Romans 1: 21-23,25
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. […] They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
I may not be making statues of lizard gods and worshiping them – but I am guilty of laying my heart and life down at the altar of worry and fear. I’m guilty of exchanging the truth of God: that He is good and that my trust is WELL-PLACED in Him, with the lies of the enemy.
You ever just have to rebuke yourself?
Are you guilty of this too? Of trusting in yourself, in mankind, in created things over the Creator?
Lay it down, receive the forgiveness and grace of God, and begin again.
You have known and seen this weakness in me since before time began. I confess that I struggle to trust you – in large part because I have believed the lie that I might know better than you. Forgive me. Forgive me for buying into that lie. I rebuke it, in the name of Jesus. I put my trust in You. You can have it all. I’m totally, 100% dependent on You.
Take over my life.
In Jesus name I pray,