The online dictionary defines the word ‘trust’ as “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” and also “one in which confidence is placed.”
So often it is easy to trust in things and people that we have been able to count on in the past.
I count on my chair to not fall over when I sit on it.
I trust my mailman to faithfully deliver my letter each & everyday (99% of the time!).
I trust my husband to do his best to keep his word.
Trust becomes a bit more difficult when you are placing it in someone you cannot see… Say, like God.
People say “I am trusting in God to get me through this,” or perhaps “I am trusting God to bring good out of this situation.”
I am actually one of those people who has learned through experience that we can actually trust God for the two above mentioned examples. But sometimes… Sometimes that trust doesn’t come as easily.
Over the last few months I’ve faced a number of personal & trying circumstances. Nothing that would blow my life out of the water. Just a few ‘behind the scenes’ type difficulties that a few close friends & family would know about. The kind that 99.9% of us have going on in any given season.
Abraham’s Faith: What That Means For Us
Today I was having some quiet time (my nickname for reading the Bible and praying) and I began to read about a man of great faith: Abraham. He is actually called the ‘father of our faith’ for those who believe.
Abraham, for those who are not familiar with his bio, was an elderly man when he finally received his promised son from the Lord. Make that a VERY elderly man!
But God is able to do what He pleases, and so Isaac came on the scene. Isaac’s name actually means “to smile”. God must surely have seen Abraham smile after Isaac was born.
Romans 4: 3: “… Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
For some reason this really resonated with me. It wasn’t Abraham’s goodness that caused God to say it was accounted to him for righteousness, but actually his BELIEF in the promise of God. In other words, I would say that Abraham TRUSTED God.
I felt challenged today to ask myself: in these situations I’m facing, am I truly trusting Him? Or just making some sort of religious lip service and really trusting in some other method of relief?
My question to you today is, are you facing a difficulty that God is asking you to simply trust Him in? Are you facing a situation where you are overwhelmed?
Then simply “trust”.