Making Discoveries: Trusting in God

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There I was, avoiding the elephant in the room, sipping my hot tea and overly admiring the pretty tea cup.  Ignoring the obvious.
 
He said I have trust issues. There I said it. And I ignored him. 
 
I struggled to grasp this truth. Yet, there it was. 
 

Trusting in God

 
“You do not trust me.” God whispered to my heart. “Who me? I trust you.”, I nonchalantly replied. Then I looked away to take another sip of my warm tea.  
 
This morning I had that conversation with God while I was on the roof of my tiny apartment in Mexico; about to hang clothes out to dry, but I wanted to finish enjoying my hot tea and the gorgeous hillside view first.
 
God grabs my attention with His breathtaking creation around me. The treeless mountains and hillside, just on the other side of the valley, drew me in with its beauty.
 
Now done with my tea and looking past my clothes that are drying on the line; I gazed longingly at the mountain view.  The words Taste and See that the Lord is Good echoed within me.

Trusting  In God

  • Is it taught in Children’s Church, somewhere between Noah’s Ark and Daniel and the Lion’s Den?
  • Is it taught in Bible College, with a professional looking paper needing to be turned in on the subject?
  •  Is it part of the pre-marriage counseling that the pastor requires every engaged couple to take? 

 I obviously missed the memo when it comes to trusting in God. With a changed heart and determined, I went downstairs, grabbed my bible and enjoyed some quiet time with God.

What Does It Mean to Trust in God

Truth #1 

Enjoying the goodness of God means to trust in God

Between you, me and the fence post, I secretly enjoy the chore of hanging laundry out to dry. Out on the roof. This quiet time that I get with warm rays of sunshine, gentle breezes, and a beautiful view.  A chance to reflect and enjoy. 

To deeply enjoy the goodness of God, we must learn to trust in Him. Keeping my life in a constant mode of rush and irritation sucks this goodness right out of me. Learning to slow down, focus on Christ and my relationship with this audience of One is. a. must. 

How can I enjoy the One that painted my roof top scenery, if my heart and thoughts are somewhere else? On the next project. The next chore. The next chapter. Rushing ahead of God. 

I do this by slowing down, trusting my schedule and life – the present and future – in God’s hands. He has me. He is perfectly capable of handling my life, better than I could ever imagine. 

Truth #2

Trusting in God means accepting His peace.

His peace is a gift to those who fear Him. Peace isn’t a destination, but rather a person. Peace is Jesus himself. Isaiah 9:6

Jesus is the judge; I stand guilty. Jesus is the Savior; I am a sinner. Jesus is the healer; I am weak.

To enjoy the goodness of the Lord, I need peace. Peace to rest and take a moment to look around me with an open heart. The kind of peace that allows my mind and heart to be showered by the thoughts that God has of me and for me. The lasting peace that I can confidently clothe my whole being with. This peace can only come from a result of trusting in Him.

 

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Truth #3

Trusting in God means having a healthy fear of the Lord.

The fear of the Lord generally means to respect Him, to be in awe of Him and to submit to Him. If you do a google search of all the Bible verses that read “fear of the Lord”, you will find verses that put our heart and mind in check. 

The Fear of the Lord is confidence = Proverbs 14:26

The Fear of the Lord is knowledge = Proverbs 1:7
The Fear of the Lord is wisdom = Psalm 111:10
…and the list goes on. 

For me to be able to “taste and see that the Lord is good”  (Psalm 34:8) in every situation, fiery trial or beautiful moment, I must have a fear of the Lord. 

Bible Verses Trusting God

Perhaps for me to fully grasp “Trusting in God”, I should get back to who He is. Let’s research together…

Colossians 1:16: Creator of all things 

Isaiah 40:28: Does not grow tired or weary

Deuteronomy 4:24: A consuming fire, jealous God

Psalm 68:19-20: Saves us and bears our burdens

1 Corinthians 14:33: A God of peace

Who is God? He is the creator of this universe. He set the foundations of this world in motion. He does not grow faint, but is strong till….forever. He wants us – all of us. He is a jealous God. An all consuming fire. He is our savior from sin and eternal death. He is our refuge and shelter. He carries our burdens. He is peace. 

We must fear Him! And most definitely, we can Trust in Him!

Where is an area in our life that you need to trust in God? Do you have a redemption story of how God came through for you? Please comment below. I want to pray and/or celebrate with you. 

Scripture never makes it seem like life is all roses and peanut butter cups. The Bible fully acknowledges that there are times when life just plain stinks.

And it also tells us exactly what to do in those times. When life is hard and circumstances are bewildering and trusting God seems impossible, I am to run to the throne of grace. – The Blazing Center

Even in the midst of turmoil, God sticks with us and uses those challenges to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective completely flips. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.

And that’s exactly why we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts. He cares for us each and every day. He gives us what we need to thrive. He pours blessing after blessing upon us. – Bible Study Tools


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12 Comments

  1. Susie

    October 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I love this post! I'm going to share it with the ladies in my online bible study.

  2. Anonymous

    October 31, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Love this post. I struggled with trusting Him for so long. I doubted my salvation nonstop; those years were the worst years of my life. My pastor has touched a bit on this subject during the last few services and it has touched my so much. He said this today, "God is always previous, so we can always trust Him." He always knows what is going to happen next, and He is always planning a way to help us! Thank you for writing this with such honesty!
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  3. Andrea Wiener

    October 31, 2016 at 1:35 am

    and sometimes it can be easier said than done

  4. Angie Church

    October 31, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I love reading your post and agree I find it touching how he will use what we love to bring us to him and have us spread the word
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  5. Terri Lynn Grothe

    October 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    i love this post.
    thanks for sharing, i am going to share this with some ladies in my prayer group

  6. Becki Svare

    October 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Great article! Thanks for putting all the verses in…I'm going to save them and look back over them all!

  7. Horace Williams Jr

    November 1, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Terrific post Starla! I am learning to put my full trust in God especially as I go through the process of publishing. I am reminded how I knew nothing of blogging two years ago and He continues to show me the way on this journey. I want to glorify Him in everything. I love these scriptures. I am definitely sharing this post. Have a fantastic week and may God bless you and yours.

  8. Minivan Ministries

    November 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I need to trust God with my schedule and agenda, that He really can help me overcome myself!

  9. Lindsey

    November 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Great post! I often fail at trusting in God and His plans he has for me and this post has inspired me to work on that!

  10. Andrea Wiener

    March 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

    And some days I find it much harder to trust in God than other days

  11. Andrea Wiener

    March 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Some days it is harder than others to remember to trust God

  12. Elodia

    July 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Starla,
    Thank you so much for encouraging me through God’
    Word I have been suffering over
    The past three years and not
    One doctor can help.
    I have asked for prayer in
    My Church that I go to when
    I can .But no one seems to
    Care. I just cry everyday
    That how would GOD
    Allow doctors that I trusted
    To help me literally destroyed
    My life .Could you please pray for
    Me. Who wouldn’t cry when
    Nobody can help my situation.

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