Three More Ways to Trust God

The Bible says, “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17).  But what’s involved in such trust?  What should we actually rely on God for?  I believe it is important to consider these questions.  Christian faith isn’t a blind, mystical, mysterious type of thing.  It involves a steady, unwavering confidence in fixed and firm realities.  It isn’t just transcendent; it is tangible.  Consider three things for which we should trust God.

Promises 

Regularly remembering the promises of God is a hallmark of trust-oriented living.  The Bible is replete with wonderful assurances concerning our Lord, His love for us, and His Divinely prepared future.  Concerning these promises, Paul said, “For every one of God’s promises is ‘Yes’ in Him” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  To experience the joy and peace of Christ, we have to regularly preach God’s promises to ourselves.  This requires that we know God’s Word well enough to recall it and reflect upon it.  For this reason, believers should devote themselves to regularly reading the Bible and regularly listening to Bible preaching and teaching.  When their hearts and minds are filled with God’s truth, they have an inexhaustible well of wealth upon which they can draw.  In all instances of life, they can remember and rejoice over God’s promises (2 Timothy 2:8 and Jude 1:17).

Provision

We also have to trust the Lord to meet our needs.  Some believers live with unnecessary worry because they don’t believe Jesus’ promises in this area.  Concerning the basic staples of life, Jesus said, “Don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:31-33).  On the basis of this truth, Paul proclaimed, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  Interestingly, Paul’s words were addressed to a church that was known for deep poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).  The Lord wanted them to know that He would be faithful to meet their needs.  As a Christian, you can claim the promise God gave them.  Though He may not supply your greeds, the Lord will always supply your needs (2 Peter 1:3).  Trust Him!

Peace 

At best, life is hard.  As human beings on a planet marred by sin, we encounter troubles and trials on a regular basis.  Jesus warned His disciples concerning this matter.  He said, “You will have suffering in this world” (John 16:33).  Considering the outward difficulties which we will experience in life, it is important for us to find inward strength.  We need peace of mind, and Jesus has promised to give it.  He said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful” (John 14:27).  The Christian faith involves a steady, faith-oriented pursuit of God’s shalom peace.  Prayer is the best way for appropriating and experiencing such inner-tranquility of the soul (Philippians 4:6-7).  Trust the Lord!

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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