Trusting God is a Matter of the Heart

Trusting God is a Matter of the Heart

We were born to trust and we do it all day every day without giving it a second thought. For the Christian, trusting God should come just as easily.

We eat at restaurants without seeing our food being prepared, trusting that the food we eat will nourish our bodies and not harm them. We take the advice of our doctors trusting that their recommendations will help and not harm us. We obligate ourselves to long term financial commitments trusting that we will have the finances to complete the purchase at a later date. We step off the curb in front of 2 ton moving vehicles trusting that they will stop for us.

The key to living a fearless life is trusting God and keeping His Word in front of our eyes and in the midst of our heart continuously.

These are just a few examples of how we use trust in situations with people whom we don’t even know on a daily basis to motivate successfully through life. No matter who you are or what your background is, you cannot exist without trusting in something or someone.

There is something within children that compels them to trust their parents. As a parent who has raised a child from birth, there has never been a time when I had to gain my child’s trust. Our children were born trusting us as their protectors, their providers and as their comforters.

In fact, we would call a relationship where a child didn’t trust his parent “abnormal”. The same would be true of a situation where a child had to work themselves into a place where they could fully trust their parents.

Trust is given completely and entirely, then diminishes as those whom we place our trust in show us that they are unworthy of it.

Trusting God with all of your heart…

So with that being said, why do we have such a hard time trusting God as our parent? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 KJV.

How would YOU feel as the parent if your child whom you loved with all of your heart…a child whom you’ve taken care of, nurtured and provided for didn’t believe a word you said? If you knew that your child was fearful that you wouldn’t provide for him or protect him, you might find yourself having a heart to heart with him and saying something like….I will not in any way fail you, nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor let you down (taken from Hebrews 13:5 AMP).

And to further comfort your child, you might find yourself saying to him or her, “Don’t be afraid or discouraged. I will personally go ahead of you. I will be with you. I will neither fail nor abandon you” (taken from Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).

How reassuring is that! Personally, my confidence level would go through the roof if my parent spoke to me using the verbiage illustrated in Hebrews 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:8.  Having the creator of the universe speak to us in this way should settle all doubts and fears.

Trusting God Breeds Confidence in God and in His Word

The key to living a fearless life is trusting God and keeping these words in front of our eyes and in the midst of our heart continuously. Your car can only run so far on one tank of fuel without you having to refuel it. Your spirit functions the same way. Keep the fuel tank of your heart topped off with the comforting, reassuring Word of God and you’ll find that there won’t be any room for mistrusting your Heavenly Father, no matter what situation you find yourself in.

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8 Comments

  1. Amen! Thank God for his word!

  2. I agree it is so important to trust God. Romans 12:2; Renewing your spirit. Just as we eat food daily to nourish our bodies, it is just as important to nourish our spirit with the word of God.

  3. Not that I disagree with what you've written (for the most part, I do agree)… but allow me to throw this out there…

    You say that we're brought into this world trusting our parents; and we continue to trust them until they prove they are not worthy of that trust. And then you ask why we do not give this same trust to God, our Father. From what I can remember of my childhood – I did trust God from the start. My early years were spent knowing that God was a God of mercy and love and He was trustworthy.

    As I grew up, and my dad married a physically abusive woman, and I suffered other forms of abuse and rape, and was told God allowed this to happen to me… He "proved" himself unworthy of trust.

    It wasn't until many years later that I have relearned that he can be trusted fully.

    Just a thought….

    God bless,
    Brandi

    • Hello Brandi,
      First let me say that I’m really sorry for what you may have had to endure growing up. No child should have to be subjected to any type of abuse and the fact that even one would have to go through pain and suffering is truly unfortunate.

      Although God allows certain people, places and situations to happen in our lives, we know from scripture that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy and anything that brings with it those attributes cannot be credited to God.

      We are all on our own separate journeys in life and no one can dare try to give answers as to why we endure the pain and suffering that we go through individually. However, no matter how difficult life can become, I cannot wrap my brain around any situation where I could say that God proved Himself to be unworthy of my trust, for if we turn away from God, where will we turn to? To whom will we gift our trust?

      I’m so pleased to hear that with the passing of time you were able to reconnect with the Father and place your full trust in Him once again.

      I thank you for your thought provoking comment….

      • Hi Greg,
        Thank you for your reply. I agree, no child should have to endure abuse, but I came to terms long ago with what happened. It cannot be changed, and it has made me who I am today. I just thank the Lord that he was beside me during those years (something I didn't realize until I was older).

        You say you cannot wrap your brain around a situation where you could say God has proved himself untrustworthy. I understand this… but you're looking at it from an adult perspective. And, most likely (I apologize if I'm wrong), an adult who did not experience a great deal of pain and trials growing up. And, almost most likely an adult who had a fairly stable household with a decent religious upbringing.

        As a child, it is easy to be swayed. You learn to believe what you're taught. And sometimes, you make up your own "truths". I prayed daily for God to save me from the beatings. Now, as an adult, I realize he was there with me back then, and there was a reason for him not stopping the beatings. As a child, however, I had believed God abandoned me, thus proving himself untrustworthy.

        • You’re absolutely right. I am basing my complete trust in God from an adult vantage point and not a child’s. Although I did suffer pain and disappointments as a child, I’m sure they pale in comparison to what you have briefly shared with us here in this forum.

          I didn’t become a Christian until I was 23 years old. As a young child I couldn’t articulate what God was or what He stood for, but I definitely knew the words, actions and people in my life that were not representative of Him.

          I rejoice in the fact that you have come into the knowledge of who God is and what He represents so that you can help the young women who God will bring across your path that are going through some of the same things you have gone through.

          Your first-hand experience will go far toward helping others. Book knowledge is needed and great to have, but nothing compares to being able to sit down and talk to someone who has walked in your shoes.

          Thank you so much for the richness in your comments…

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