We often trust in our own abilities, experiences, reasoning, planning and sheer will power 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 weren’t 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 acknowledge 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?
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Healer, Savior, Deliverer, Shelter, Strength, Anointed Messiah, Forgiver of Sins, Destroyer of Death, the Resurrection and the Life, Transformer of minds, Renewer of hearts, Just, Wise, Perfect, Holy, Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End, Creator of ALL that exists, Unfailing Love, the Way and the Truth and the Life
Those are just a few of the claims and names of God revealed in Scripture! So, what’s not to trust? Still when the stuff of life gets tough, frustrating, over-whelming, out-of-control, maddening, scary, 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 in 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! How big is your God?