“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalms 37:5)
Trusting the Lord can be difficult at times, but the bible is filled with examples of people who trusted Him, were faithful to him, and were later blessed for it. I know that sometimes it seems like you can’t hear God and you can’t seem to see Him working in your life, but throughout the course of history, the Lord has shown himself powerful in millions of people’s lives. Remember that he’s always with you and that he never leaves you, nor forsakes you. The scriptures are filled with the testimonies of people who trusted God.
Noah was a man of God, the only one who was still faithful on the whole earth at the time of the flood. He trusted God enough to build a massive boat at God’s command, even though he had never seen rain in his life. People laughed at him, but they sure weren’t laughing when God’s promise of a flood came to pass. After the whole ordeal was over, God made another promise; to never again destroy the earth with water. God blessed Noah, and he and his family repopulated the whole world.
Joshua and Caleb:
Joshua and Caleb were two of the 12 men from the children of Israel that were sent into Canaan to spy it out. All of the others told all about the scary giants and the big fortified cities. They told Moses that “We be not able to go up against the people:, for they are stronger than we” (Numbers 13: 31). What the people didn’t realize was that God was the one that would do the fighting. Caleb and Joshua realized this and told the people that it was a good land and that the Lord would show them favor and bring them into the Promised Land. The children of Israel, as I’m sure you know, would have nothing to do with it, and for a consequence, they wandered in the wilderness for an extra 40 years. Joshua and Caleb remained faithful to the Lord, and later, God put Joshua in charge of leading the children of Israel into the land of Canaan after Moses’ death. He and Caleb were the only people over the age of 20 years old that survived the 40 extra years of wandering in the wilderness. These two men were blessed by God for their faithfulness and trust in him.
After being captured and taken into Babylon, Daniel still trusted the Lord. He prayed 3 times a day, and the Lord was with him in everything that he did. Daniel became well known, and he was the king’s favorite aide. Daniel wouldn’t stop praying to his God, even after some of the princes got a law to be made against it. The king’s jealous princes threw him in a den of hungry lions, yet he was unhurt. “So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no matter of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in His God” (Daniel 7: 23). Daniel trusted the Lord.
Jesus is our example of how to live, how to love, and how to obey our Father in Heaven. It took so much love to do what he did. He trusted his father, and lived for His glory alone. Once he was resurrected, God set him on his right hand in heaven. Now, as believers, we get to be co-heirs to the throne of God through Christ Jesus!
What about us?
Are we truly trusting God with our lives, or are we living for ourselves and our own glory? Are we actively trying to get to know the Lord better, or are we simply floating along in the tide of believers around us? We need to examine our hearts and our priorities. Just reading your bible every day isn’t enough. Don’t get me wrong, reading the bible is a VERY important part of our walk with God, but we need to talk to him, listen to him, and do what he says. Sometimes God tells us to do things that are very uncomfortable and out of our comfort zones, but this is where trust comes in. It is something that is built over time but pray that God will give you the gift of faith, and he will.
“They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever. As the Mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever.” Psalms 125:1-2