Trusting In The Lord, No Easy Task

It is our nature that we find it nearly impossible sometimes to trust God. We tend to rely upon things that we can see here on earth and not on things invisible to us. The idea that a Being of infinite capacity could guide and direct our lives with precision, seems impossible.

And this is the very nature of trust; relying upon the Lord and trusting in Him even though we cannot see Him or discern His presence sometimes during our life. We can start out with a determination to trust in the Lord, and for awhile, everything is fine. We continually remind ourselves that God is good, faithful, kind, merciful, full of grace, and able to direct our steps if we will trust in Him.

After a time of waiting for answers to come, by the delay, our faith is really tested. When we don’t get answers soon after we have a need, the difficulty of trust increases. This is particularly true when we have made mistakes during our life and we feel unworthy of the Lord’s help or favor. We imagine that we don’t deserve His help, and in fact, we should be punished for our many sins.

If the Lord’s help depended upon our performance, then yes, we would not expect that He would help us. Because the Lord’s help is based upon His goodness and grace, and not our abilities or failures, we have nothing to worry about.

God is sovereign over every event in the world. When we read the Bible in its entirety, we discover that every person named in the scriptures was often a failure. They failed to trust the Lord; they lied, they deceived, they committed terrible sins. These people realized their errors and turned to the Lord for mercy and everyone was forgiven. Their failures did not prevent God from helping them, directing their paths, or providing every good thing He wanted to do for them.

It was a continual reliance upon the Lord by these men and women of the Bible, and God’s unwavering love and power, that determined their success.

A Record In The Past

If we have known the Lord for some time, there is a record for us to examine from our past and to remember. Those of us who have known Jesus for many years can look back upon all the places during our life where He rescued us, helped us, prevented our death, and provided wonderful things for us that we did not deserve. As we examine and contemplate these moment, we realize that they turned out for our good because of the Lord’s goodness, not because we deserved them. It is a part of His nature that God blesses those who love Him, though they would not deserve His blessing from a human point of view.

People who are starting out in a new relationship with Jesus can develop their trust in Him by reading and meditating upon the scriptures which describe trust, and by seeing the people in the Bible who have trusted the Lord and experienced His help and blessings. In this essay there are several scriptures to read and think about, and the essay itself is intended as a source of inspiration and encouragement to trust in the goodness of the Lord and not give up.

In my own life, twice the Lord has spared me from certain death. After each time when I should have died, I realized that nothing in this world could take my life without permission from God. There have been many times in my 45 years of knowing Jesus that my circumstances seemed impossible. Sometimes I had gotten myself into trouble, other times people had placed me into trouble. Regardless the source, the Lord delivered me out of all my troubles. I didn’t deserve His help but because of His love and unending grace, He delivered me every single time. Not once in 45 years has the Lord ever failed to help me and bless my life in times of need or desperation.

Despite this knowledge and even when remembering what He has done in the past, I still struggle in the present when I am in trouble, or I am having problems in my life. I tend to focus on the problems and the fears of what might happen, rather than the Lord’s power and ability to deliver me from every danger.

A Path He Has Chosen

One of the benefits of trusting in Jesus for everything is that He promised to lead us along a good path. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Even when we get off the correct path He lovingly directs us back, and helps us despite our wandering. Abraham was supposed to leave his family behind in Ur. Instead he took his father and nephew Lot with him, and stayed at Haran until his father died. When a famine took place, Abraham left the path God had placed him on and went to Egypt out of fear. There he lied to Pharaoh about his wife and told him that she was his sister so that the ruler would not kill Abraham, a practice well known by Egyptian Pharaohs. Abraham was afraid and this led him into doubts. God was very patient with Abraham and continued to lead him despite his momentary lapses in faith and moments of sin.

If we believe that the Lord is leading us along a path He has chosen—if we have asked Him to guide and direct our lives—then we should expect that He already knows that path and what must be done along the way. If God is directing our lives and we make mistakes, doesn’t he also know this? Since He is leading us and we are trusting in Him, will he allow us to be destroyed by wrong choices, sins along the way, or momentary lapses in faith? Of course not.

The Biblical Foundation Of Trust

In the Old Testament, trust is in two Hebrew verbs:

  • Verb:אָמַן(ʼāman), GK 586 (S 539), 97x.ʼāman means “to believe, trust.” In its participial form it has the nuance of “trustworthy, faithful.” [1]
  • Verb: בָּטַח (bāṭaḥ), GK 1053 (S 982), 118x. This word means “to trust, rely on, depend on,” with the sense of being completely confident and feeling utterly safe (cf. the related noun beṭaḥ, GK 1055, which means “safety, security”). Trusting God is one of the fundamental lifestyle characteristics of the people of God.[2]

On every occasion when we read through the Old Testament, we are encouraged to put our complete trust in the Lord. Psalms 62:8: Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalms 4:5: Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. Psalms 115:9-11: O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. Psalms 125:1: Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. Isaiah 26:4: Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yahweh, the Lord, is everlasting strength.

If we place our trust in people, we will most often be disappointed. Not that they set out to disappoint us, but they are just not capable of persistent faithfulness. People make mistakes, God never makes mistakes. The prophet Jeremiah said: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.… But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him (Jeremiah 17:5, 7).

Jeremiah is not necessarily describing trust in other people, but trust in ourselves to get through a difficult situation or provide a need. Understanding that we cannot know what will happen tomorrow or even five minutes from now, how could we ever know what to do? What seems right to us; what makes sense to us; what feels right, will most often be wrong. When we fully commit ourselves to the Lord and completely rely upon Him during every difficulty or need, the Bible promises that we will never be disappointed.

Trust In The Lord Is Based Upon Knowledge

Contrary to a common belief that trust is blind, when we determine to trust in the Lord it is because we understand how great He is, and that nothing is too hard for Him. We also believe that He is good and always has our best interests in mind. We see this magnificent universe that God made so that earth could exist and we could live the beautiful lives we have. We understand that God must love us tremendously and have good plans for us.

At the end of Job’s terrible trials, the scriptures state that God always had a good ending in mind for Job. James 5:11: Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

First we recognize who God is; loving, unlimited, able to do all things. Second we understand who we are; weak, fearful, and often unable to know what to do.

God loves us and has the best in mind for us. He is unlimited and knows exactly what is going to happen. He sets us on a path and He will protect us while travel along this path. Though it might appear that there is impending danger or destruction ahead, the Lord is able to deliver us from every threat. If we pray for God’s direction and for Him to lead us, then we can have confidence that He is leading us every day.

Again, if God wanted us to be destroyed, He would already have done this. In fact, God wants to bless our lives and the way that these blessings take place is through the many moments when we have to trust in Him and not be fearful of what could happen. It is when we have these doubts and worries that we have the opportunity to determine that we will trust the Lord in the midst of uncertainty and fears and not give up.

The delay in receiving an answer makes this more difficult, but this is exactly the reason there is a delay. If we get what we ask the Lord for—immediately—this takes no faith at all. If we have to wait and trust, and in the waiting fear begins to overtake our faith, we can determine to trust and disregard the fear. Romans 8:24-25 (NLT) We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

It is important to understand that fear is not reality. Have you noticed that 90 percent of everything we fear, never happens? Fear can become paralyzing if we let it. When we really think about these things, we realize that the fear is not true, it’s not real, it’s just something we imagine. God is faithful and if we continue to trust Him during the delay, He will come through for us and bring the blessing we are hoping for.

  • Some people trust in their money (Prov. 11:28).
  • Some trust in their political power (Ps. 146:3).
  • Those who think they are strong physically or have military might, depend of these (Deut. 28:52; Jer. 5:17).
  • The educated may trust in their Intelligence and believe they are able to figure things out for themselves (Prov. 3:5-6; 28,26).

Those who have lived on earth for awhile, quickly learn that none of these earthly things are reliable ways to overcome the problems of life. Self-reliance, reliance upon others, trust in money, power or persuasion, often fail.

The only reliable source for guaranteed success, is to trust in the God who made this universe and loves us. Since He has already given us His very best by sending His only Son to die for the sins of the world, will He not also give us all other good things? Romans 8:32 (NLT) Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

It is only when we recognize that all of these other things are insufficient that we must look outside of ourselves and this earth. When we determine to trust in the Lord instead of people, intelligence, money, power of any other thing, we are expressing confidence in the very character of God that is more reliable than anything else.

Trusting When It Really Matters

When in trials where our continued trust may mean our own destruction, this is the ultimate point of faith in our walk with the Lord. When king Nebuchadnezzar threatened to thrown the three Hebrew men into the fiery furnace if they did not bow down to the king’s idol, they refused.

Daniel 3:14-18 (NLT) Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Their faith in the Lord was so strong and certain that even in the midst of fear, and though they believed that God was able to deliver them, He might not. In spite of these realities these men would not give in to worry and doubts, and they would not lose their confidence in the Lord.

Trusting the Lord means that we rely upon him even when it may invite our own destruction. This kind of faith takes several years to develop by many, many trials. Some people have this kind of faith from the start; most need years to overcome their doubts and fears and trust God no matter the situation or cost.\

The bottom line is that God is trustworthy and He has only the best for us—regardless of the present circumstances. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, and He will direct your path.

66 Bible Verses That Describe Trust In The Lord:

  1. Deut 1:32 . . . refused to trust the Lord
  2. Deut 28:52 . . . walls you trusted to protect
  3. 2 Kgs 18:5 . . . Hezekiah trusted in the
  4. 2 Kgs 18:19 . . . What are you trusting in that
  5. 1 Chr 5:20 . . . because they trusted in him.
  6. 2 Chr 13:18 . . . they trusted in the Lord,
  7. Job 4:18 . . . God does not trust his own angels
  8. Job 15:31 . . . fool themselves by trusting in
  9. Ps 13:5 . . . I trust in your unfailing love.
  10. Ps 21:7 . . . the king trusted in the Lord.
  11. Ps 25:2 . . . I trust in you, my God!
  12. Ps 25:3 . . . No one who trusts in you will ever be disappointed
  13. Ps 31:14 . . . I am trusting you, O Lord,
  14. Ps 33:4 . . . we can trust everything he
  15. Ps 37:3 . . . Trust in the Lord and do
  16. Ps 41:9 . . . the one I trusted completely,
  17. Ps 44:6 . . . I do not trust in my bow;
  18. Ps 55:23 . . . but I am trusting you to save
  19. Ps 62:8 . . . O my people, trust in him at
  20. Ps 71:5 . . . I’ve trusted you, O Lord,
  21. Ps 84:12 . . . for those who trust in you.
  22. Ps 86:2 . . . serve you and trust you.
  23. Ps 112:7 . . . confidently trust the Lord
  24. Ps 115:8 . . . as are all who trust in them.
  25. Ps 118:8 . . . Lord than to trust in
  26. Ps 119:42 . . . for I trust in your word.
  27. Prov 3:5 . . . Trust in the Lord with all of your heart
  28. Prov 21:22 . . . fortress in which they trust
  29. Prov 28:25 . . . trust the Lord leads to
  30. Prov 28:26 . . . who trust their own insight
  31. Prov 29:25 . . . trusting the Lord means safety.
  32. Prov 31:11 . . . Her husband can trust her,
  33. Isa 12:2 . . . I will trust in him and
  34. Isa 25:9 . . . We trusted in him, and he saved
  35. Isa 26:3 . . . peace all who trust in you,
  36. Isa 31:1 . . . for help, trusting their horses,
  37. Isa 40:31 . . . who trust in the Lord
  38. Jer 7:14 . . . this Temple that you trust in
  39. Jer 12:6 . . . Do not trust them, no matter
  40. Jer 48:7 . . . Because you have trusted in your
  41. Dan 3:28 . . . his servants who trusted in him.
  42. Dan 6:23 . . . for he had trusted in his God.
  43. Nah 1:7 . . . to those who trust in him.
  44. Hab 2:4 . . . They trust in themselves,
  45. Hab 2:18 . . . foolish to trust in your own
  46. Matt 18:6 . . . little ones who trusts in me to
  47. John 2:24 . . . Jesus didn’t trust them,
  48. John 12:44 . . . you are trusting not only me,
  49. John 14:1 . . . in God, and trust also in me.
  50. Rom 9:32 . . . instead of by trusting in him.
  51. Rom 9:33 . . . But anyone who trusts in him will
  52. Rom 10:11 . . . Anyone who trusts in him will
  53. Rom 15:13 . . . peace because you trust in
  54. 1 Cor 2:5 . . . so you would trust not in
  55. 1 Cor 7:25 . . . wisdom that can be trusted,
  56. Eph 3:17 . . . hearts as you trust in him.
  57. Phil 1:29 . . . the privilege of trusting in Christ
  58. Col 2:12 . . . because you trusted the mighty
  59. 1 Tim 6:17 . . . not to trust in their money,
  60. 2 Tim 1:12 . . . the one in whom I trust
  61. 2 Tim 3:15 . . . that comes by trusting in Christ
  62. Heb 10:22 . . . hearts fully trusting him.
  63. Heb 10:23 . . . God can be trusted to keep his
  64. 1 Pet 1:9 . . . reward for trusting him will be
  65. 1 Pet 2:6 . . . anyone who trusts in him will
  66. 1 Pet 2:7 . . . you who trust him recognize

NOTES:

[1] Mounces Complete Expositional Dictionary, defining Trust.
[2] ibid



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  1. Dear Mr. Robinson,

    I worked as a counselor in a prison for years and had many discussions with inmates both Christian, Muslim, and the “lukewarm”.

    Your essay, “Trusting In The Lord, No Easy Task” is very timely in light of the apostasy and secularism of these prophetic “latter days”. You had written an all-important and indispensable essay.

    You write very well in that your thoughts are fluid, and your message is clear. You inspired me to gather my thoughts. Here they are:

    Lord Jesus Christ and His Atoning Sacrifice at the Cross redeems all Creation. Lord Jesus opens the way to Father God and Life Eternal. Lord Jesus is God and is Our Reliance.

    Lord Jesus knows all things. He is The Creator. He knows our real needs. We need Him.

    People have trust issues concerning Lord Jesus Christ because they are carnally-minded and are so selfish, self-important, and feel they have the right to immediate gratification. And if they don’t get what they want, they blame God and resort to sin and trickery to get their carnal, worldly satisfaction. And if this doesn’t work, they then get angry, violent, and resort to acts of vengeance, spite, and slaughter to prove their “righteousness”. No age group is exempt from this sway.

    People invent other “toys” to build their egos when they perceive God isn’t doing their bidding. They invent self-reliance, money, positional power, physical capabilities, sorcery, social conduct for crowd approval, and material possessions to name a few. All these toys are self-serving and all are forms of idolatry. These things are carnal, not spiritual. These toys are worthless vanities and cannot prevent death from occurring. Man is helpless and is in denial of this fact.

    But God said the promises of His Love and Life Eternal would be conferred upon us by simple Faith in Him and What He had done on the Cross. What more can anyone possibly want? These Gifts are of priceless value and we cannot conceive of them without God. Only God can redeem sinful man and qualify us for these promises.

    God is truthful, and His Word in the Holy Bible is Truth. When God says Creation will be restored by the Work done at the Cross, God speaks of the Great Resurrection. Do we grasp the colossal implication of this? This Resurrection, by His Word, is imminent and people are all wrapped up in their routine affairs, carnally oblivious to the changes that are going to occur in this world as this current dispensation draws rapidly to a close. By prophecies fulfilled, the Holy Bible proved its accuracy and trustworthiness.

    Therefore, it is imperative that we embrace God through Faith. By having trust in the Lord, not ourselves, we demonstrate our Faith. Faith demonstrates our love for Him. Faith demonstrates our gratitude to Him for what He had done at Calvary. Moreover, once we decide to have faith in God, God will respond eventually if not immediately. But God may wait until you are a ready vessel to withstand His poured-out Love. And when God does respond, those “toys” we invented will seem rather trite and insignificant in comparison to His Love.

    Finally, Faith demonstrates that we acknowledge and believe that He died to atone our sins. Faith and Love for God will bring us to duly repent our sins to Him as they grieve Almighty God. Faith changes us from selfishness to unselfishness. In Faith we practice the gift of giving. We “give” our Faith to God.

    Faith is sincere Love for God. This is all Lord Jesus Christ asks of us. This should be our daily walk. After all, He died for us so that we may live. If anyone deserves our Faith and Trust, it is Lord Jesus Christ.

    In summary, carnality is a barrier to our spiritual trust in God. Instead of our will, we need to be doing God’s Will. God’s Will is that we have Faith and Trust in Lord Jesus Christ. And, as we love God, we willing repent the sins against God. Repentance to God is a cleaning process and prepares us for a bright, everlasting future. Lord Jesus washes away our sins because in Heaven there is no room for dirty, corrupt ingrates. We have Faith in God because we WANT to be cleansed of sin.

    Our Salvation depends on our Faith in Lord Jesus Christ. Trusting in God is easy once we realize that NOT trusting in God is NOT an option. God is Perfect Love and Life. Why would we not trust Him in all things?

    Steve

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    • Thank you Steve for your kind words of encouragement and well stated points on this important subject. I always enjoy reading your comments and observations. May the Lord continue to bless your life as you serve Him and make Him known.

      Blessings,

      Rob

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