We’ve entered a season where God is calling His children to confront and combat things that have been plaguing them for years. Trust is at the heart of the matter.
To trust means “to cling or lean on someone or something, to feel safe or be confident.” It’s when you have a confident expectation even in the midst of doubt and uncertainty. Something on the inside indicates everything is going to be all right in spite of how you feel or things may appear.
Life experiences can hinder your ability to trust. It’s especially difficult to trust when the significant people in your life, those who should have been there for you, let you down over and over again. The only thing they’re consistent at is inconsistency. We can be saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost-filled, and yet have trust issues with God.
The level you trust God is revealed when He’s not evident in your circumstances. It’s during these times when you can slip into the belief that God doesn’t love you and has forgotten all about you. It’s can be challenging to trust God when He seems to be missing in action. Feelings of abandonment, rejection and frustration bubble to the surface as they try to consume you. It’s not God’s intent for your emotions to manage you. Rather, you were created to manage your emotions.
Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Yet all too often we place our trust in people, money, education and other things in place of God. How many times have you sat down in a chair without thinking twice whether the chair would support you? God wants you to trust Him in the same way.
So why don’t we trust God? I believe one of the reasons it’s difficult to trust God is because we tend to put other people’s faces on Him. When you can’t trace God, whose face do you put on Him? Perhaps it’s a negligent parent, an overbearing spouse or vengeful sibling. It’s during these times that you must remind yourself not to put other’s faces on God. God is not slack concerning His promises to you (II Peter 3:9). Despite your situation, God still expects you to trust Him.
Trusting God forces you out of your comfort zone and into what I call uncharted territory. It’s a place where you’ve never been before. You haven’t experienced anything like it. You don’t have the faith for where you are because you have no point of reference. That’s when you just have to trust God to work things out on your behalf. Knowledge enables you to trust God more. The Bible says you’re to be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Your mind is renewed as you read, study and meditate on God’s Word. You won’t know God’s promises for your life if you don’t read the Bible.
Learning to trust God is a process. Periods of silence are embedded in the process. God uses silence to see if you really trust Him. Or will you resort to your own means instead of letting Him work things out. God wants to bless you greater than you’re believing Him for. He uses process to build your trust in Him and transform and align you with His will.
Don’t stop believing just because you can’t trace God. The delay doesn’t mean a denial or that God has abandoned you. God does some of His greatest work during the dark seasons of our lives. It’s interesting how we project things onto God. Because people stop speaking when they’re angry, you assume God is angry with you when you can’t trace Him. Perhaps He’s watching to see how well you wait.
Stay tuned for Trusting God When You Can’t Trace Him Part II in our next post as we discuss God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promises.
Until Next Time…Be Blessed
Rev. Cynthia Jackson