Last week we were talking about trusting God. How for us to be able to trust God, we need to first know God. I think whether or not we trust God has a bearing on every element of our faith walk. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to, “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.”
The word “trust” in our verse is the Hebrew word “bāṭaḥ”, Strongs H982, it means to trust, to have confidence in, be confident, to be secure, to feel safe. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether any of those words or phrases are descriptive of our relationship with God. Do we trust God, that if He says something He will do as He says? Do we have confidence in God that come what may He is able to save and deliver us? Do we feel secure in God, that if we lost our jobs today, we know God has a plan to see us through? Or is our security in our savings or Centrelink? Do we feel safe with God that when trouble comes looking for us, we know where to run and hide?
I am not having a go at you. I also have areas where I am learning to trust God more. To be more confident in who He is. It is all a journey and what I love about it is that God is so excited to go on the journey with us. Who would think God, the Creator of the Universe, would want to live in us and among us and go on a faith journey with us where He proves Himself time and time again? He is amazing! God understands how messed up our world is and that it may take a moment for us to adjust to just how good He is, and He is happy to wait for the penny to drop. But we must be willing to go on the journey.
As I was thinking about trust, I was reminded of trust falls. It is called a trust fall for a reason! You have to be confident that the people who are meant to catch you can, for starters, handle your weight, that they are paying attention and not distracted and that they are willing to catch you. If we fall, do we trust God to catch us?
I had a moment the other day where I realised that there was an area in my life where I didn’t trust God to catch me if I fell. The effect of that was that I was guarding that area of my life and I was trying to protect myself. Our efforts at self-preservation, put simply, put us in a cage. We limit ourselves and we limit God. God wants us to be free. To go to Him like children go to their parents. To trust Him to get rid of the monsters that hide under the bed and in the closet and keep us safe.
God wants us to see Him for who He really is. He is big. He is strong. He is mighty. Demons tremble at His Name. He doesn’t even need to show up, they hear His Name and they break out in hives. Our God is all powerful. That same God, He wants to be our Protector. He wants to cover us and keep us safe. He wants to work on a relationship with you where you learn to trust Him and put your confidence in Him. Where you feel safe around and in Him. Where you are free to be who He created you to be. It all begins with trust.
Love and blessings