We are commanded to trust God. It is not a suggestion. It is not a request. It is a command. Not to do it is sin. Not to do it indicates character flaws in our Christian personality. Therefore, if we are having trouble trusting God, He is obligated to give us situations in our lives that force us to trust Him. He wants us to mature. He loves us that much.
Let us look at a few of the scriptures that command us to trust God. First, we find Psalm 4:5. In this Psalm, David instructs those that are observing him to offer sacrifices of righteousness and to put their trust in the Lord.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
We are often challenged to trust God in the area of integrity. We may cheat a little on our taxes, or even fudge the expense report a little. It is often hard to walk in integrity with God when everyone else seems to do the opposite. We are admonished here in Psalm 4:5 to offer sacrifices of righteousness and put our trust in the Lord. We must strive not to be as the world. Just because “everybody is doing it” does not mean that it is acceptable to practice unrighteousness. We must make up in our minds and show by our actions that we want to live upright before God. Only when we do this will we see His awesome power at work in our lives.
Look at Psalm 62. In this Psalm, David proclaims his trust in God for deliverance. In verses 1-7, David realizes that his only salvation and defense is in God. Therefore, he promises to wait on God. Then, in verse 8, those that are listening to this song are told likewise to trust God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.
We are to trust in God at all times. It tends to be easier to trust God when things are going well. When there is money in the bank and our loved ones are well or when we are in good physical and mental health, it is not hard to trust in the delivering power of God. But when the money runs out, when our children are cutting up or when we are in excruciating pain, our trust in God begins to waver. In this verse we are commanded to trust God at all times, during the good and the trying times.
How do we bring ourselves to trust God in trying times? We may have a desire to trust God but just cannot bring ourselves to do it. How do we get past this barrier?
One way is given to us in the verse, “pour out your heart before Him.” We must seek true relationship with God. In true relationship, we have trust. Think about some of your most trusted friends. If that relationship has grown over the years, many times there were a lot of “heart pouring” sessions that took place. They would cry on your shoulder and you would cry on theirs. Over the years, you have built a relationship with that person and, for the most part, you have a sense of trust in them.
We must pour out our hearts to God. God wants us to. Although He knows our situation, we are still commanded in scripture to keep lines of communication open with Him. Why? It is through communication that we build relationship. When we pour out our hearts to God, we let our defenses down. Therefore He can be a defense for us. When we go to Him seeking deliverance, He will deliver us.
Do you want to be mature in God and trust Him for deliverance? Good. However, there is only one way to develop that kind of trust. He must deliver you and in order for Him to deliver you, you must be a situation that requires deliverance. How can we trust God to deliver us if we never have problems that require deliverance AND we never seek His help? One thing is for certain; life will continue to give us problems that require deliverance. The question is will we continue to seek our deliverance from God.
For your edification, answer the following questions.
In Psalm 4:5, what sacrifices are we instructed to offer to God?
According to Psalm 62:8, who are we to pour out our hearts to?
Answer the following questions in your own words.
Why is it easier to trust God when things appear to be going well?
How do you think one can offer “sacrifices of righteousness”?
We want to not just hear the word, but put it into action in our lives. Answer the questions below to help you apply this lesson to your life.
Take a few moments to do a little personal inventory. Are there areas in your life that the Holy Spirit has brought to your attention where you are not exercising righteousness? List them here.
Ask God for guidance as to how He would have you handle these areas. Most of the time God has already told us what to do, but we are afraid. Describe the actions you should take in order to resolve the issues you have listed above.
Trust in the Lord! The command is clear. We are to put our trust in God. We have already tried trusting other things to no avail. Therefore, we have no one else to trust but God. God is all-powerful. He is able to handle our situation. We may not understand why we are where we are right now but we must believe that God is on our side. We can trust Him. He wants us to trust Him. He requires us to do so.