Our heart is a prized possession. Sometimes we go to great lengths to make sure our heart is not hurt by the people around us or the circumstances we face. King David knew what it was like to be mistreated by others and to face challenging circumstances. He also knew what it was like to turn to God and cry out for help. Psalm 28:6-7 states, “Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” (NIV)
Have you ever wondered how you can trust God with all of your heart? I mean really trust God! What does trusting God look like in the midst of your daily life and ministry calling? The simple answer to the question is found in the concept of confidence. When we are confident in God and His ability and willingness to care for us, we trust Him. In order to have confidence in God, we must recognize and accept God’s character, ability, strength, and truth.
- The character of God describes who God is! The Bible teaches that God is our creator, sustainer, provider, and protector. Psalm 100:3 speaks of the character of God. “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people the sheep of his pasture.” Each day I remind myself that God is my Shepherd, and I am His sheep. This truth reminds me of God’s watchcare over me and my desperate need for Him!
- The ability of God describes what God can do! God’s power is limitless. Nothing is too difficult for Him! When we are facing hardships, it is important to remember the words recorded in Psalm 68:19. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Aren’t you glad that God daily bears our burdens? This means that whatever hardship is going on in our lives, God wants to bear it on our behalf. As a result, we can cast our cares on Him for He cares for us!
- The strength of God describes how God works! “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” (Isaiah 25:1) How does God work in our lives? He works in perfect faithfulness! This means that God does not make a mistake. He is never late. He is always right on time. It is not possible for Him to forget about us or the situation we face.
- The truth of God describes God’s pure intentions towards us! We must know and believe that God is with us and that God is for us. God has no hidden agenda when it comes to our lives. He loves us and has a plan for us. “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145:8-9.)
As you think about your heart, think about your level of trust in God. You can know that God provides a place for you to experience unconditional love and unwavering safety especially during times of trouble. If you long to trust God more, focus on the verses listed above. Ask God to show you His character, ability, strength, and truth. As you do, you will fuel an understanding in your heart and mind allowing you to place your daily confidence in Him.
The result of this confidence will be tangible in your life. Instead of pulling back from God, you will find yourself leaning into God’s plans and purposes. When this occurs, you will experience the very meaning of trusting God as you celebrate who God is and how He faithfully works. The outcome? Your life will be a picture of Isaiah 32:17, “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” To dive deeper into the topic of Trusting God, I invite you to download my free eBook titled, Trusting God with Anything and Everything. Access it today at www.andrealennonministry.org