We often trust in our own abilities, experiences, reasoning, planning and sheer willpower to work things out for our lives. Yet, deep within us we know that even our best efforts are not always enough to give us clarity and wisdom for the multitude of life circumstances and decisions we face. They were never meant to. God wants us to trust Him. God alone has the eternal perspective to know exactly how to best lead and direct our lives!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to God, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
What is this trusting in God thing all about? Are we really supposed to trust God with all our heart? Trust God in all our ways? In a word: Yes.
To do this, we need to get real about who we really believe God is. Our personal perspective of God is the scale on which our trust in God is measured. So, how big is your God? How big is my God? Do I really believe that God is all He claims to be? Do I really believe that God is as big as the Bible says? Do I believe that my God is…
Creator of all, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Healer, Savior, Deliverer, Shelter, Strength, Anointed Messiah, Forgiver of Sins, Destroyer of Death, Rescuer from the Dominion of Darkness, the Resurrection and the Life, Transformer of Lives, Healer of Hearts, Renewer of Minds, Restorer of Souls, Just, Wise, Perfect, Holy, Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End, Immanuel – God with us, Unfailing Love, the Way and the Truth and the Life.
These are just a few of the names and claims of our God as revealed in Scripture.
So, what’s not to trust? Still, when the stuff of life gets tough, frustrating, overwhelming, scary, out-of-control, maddening, lonely, dark or just plain stupid – my natural, first response is often to try to figure out a way to gain control of the situation as quickly as possible, and relieve the pain as much as possible.
Trusting God with all my heart is about being humble. Humble enough to trust God – even when I don’t like, don’t want or don’t understand my circumstances.
Trusting God is about getting really honest not only about who I believe God is, but also about who I really am. I am not God. I am not the all-powerful, sovereign One of the universe. I am not perfect love. I am not transcending peace. I really don’t have all the answers. This is not a news flash. This is the truth – and it really does set me free and make my paths straight.
So, how big is my God? Far bigger than my own understanding and absolutely worthy of all my trust for all of my life!
How big is your God?