“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!” Psalm 84:11-12
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Over and over in his Word, God tells us to trust him. What does it mean to trust the Lord? To trust the Lord means to believe his word, to have confidence in him, to have faith in his promises and to have a healthy fear of disobeying his word.
We trust people in this life all the time. When I get on a plane, I don’t knock on the cabin door of the pilot and ask him, “May I see your pilot’s license? Are you really qualified to fly this thing? Did you remember to fill it with fuel? Do you know where we are going?” No. I trust the airline. I trust that they have checked the plane for safety and filled it with gas. I trust that the pilots are qualified. And I don’t even know them. I just get on the plane and put my life in their hands.
When my doctor tells me, “Mark, I’m going to give you a prescription for such and such a medicine and I want you to take it every day,” I don’t say, “Are you sure that’s the right medicine for me? Are you sure that’s how much I should take every day?” No, I just trust him. I trust that he knows what he is doing and giving me.
Now obviously, people do make mistakes, and some people are not trustworthy. But my point is that most of us trust other people all the time without questioning. We believe their words. And many times, like when taking a plane, we trust them with our lives.
How much more should we trust the Lord, as he tells us to do again and again in his word.
Why should we trust the Lord?
First of all, because God never lies, forgets, or fails to do what he promises.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23.19
“God is not man…” Men lie, men change their minds. Men make promises then forget to keep them or break them outright. God is holy. He has never and will never sin. God has infinite knowledge and wisdom. He can never forget anything. And in his infinite wisdom he always makes the perfect promises and has perfect plans. So he never needs to change his mind or his plans.
Men are unfaithful. God is always faithful to keep his word. If he has promised something he will do it. If he spoke it, he will fulfill it.
John Stott says:
“Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.”
We trust God because he is trustworthy.
And when we do, we will be blessed. “Blessed is the one who trusts in you!” Psalm 84:12. When we believe God’s word, put our confidence in him, and obey his Word, he blesses us as promised. When we believe in Jesus Christ, and believe God’s word that Jesus is God who became a man, lived a sinless life of perfect obedience, then suffered and died on the cross to pay for our sins, then rose again, and trust him for our salvation, he forgives our sins, gives us eternal life, and God adopts us as his own children.
When we trust God’s commands and obey them, he provides for us, protects us, strengthens us, delivers us from evil.
When we don’t trust God’s word, we suffer consequences. Satan’s number one temptation is to lie to us that we will not believe, trust and obey God’s word. That’s what he did with Eve in the garden. He said essentially, “If you eat that forbidden fruit, you won’t die, like God said, but you will be like God!” Adam and Eve failed to trust God, disobeyed him, and of course the world has suffered the horrible consequences of their failure to trust God.
What do we need to trust God for? When do we need to trust him?
We need to trust God for EVERYTHING. We need to trust him to lead and guide us. We need to trust him to provide for us, to supply our every need. To protect us and deliver us from evil. We need to trust him to help us with our children – to save them, to provide for them and help them all their lives.
We need to trust God every single moment of every day. We need to trust him when we go through hard times and troubles. We need to trust him when we don’t know what to do next in our lives. We need to trust him when we can’t see a way out of situations. We need to trust him to help us in our marriages. We need to trust him when things feel out of our control.
Hey, everything is out of our control. We can’t control a single thing in our lives, as much as we try. But God is in control of all things. He is sovereign. He is infinitely wise. He is completely loving.
So how do we trust God?
First, we grow in our trust of God by taking in his Word.
By reading or listening to his word. If we don’t know God’s promises, how can we trust them? We grow in our trust of God by meditating on his word, by memorizing it. Every morning I try to spend about 10 minutes memorizing Scriptures. There are all kinds of ways to memorize God’s word – simply reading a passage over and over, or putting it to music.
Charles Spurgeon said:
“If you wish to know God, you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by his Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.”
Second we trust God by obeying his Word, even when we can’t see how that makes sense.
For example God tells us to bless those who curse us and do good to those who abuse us. When we obey God’s word in these kinds of situations, he pours out blessings on us and will often change the situation.
We also trust God by praying.
By looking to him for our every need. By calling on him to help us, guide us, counsel us, give us wisdom. By asking him to provide for us. By asking him to give us joy. By asking him for grace to love and serve others.
We trust God by patiently waiting for him.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:13-14
What are the results of trusting God?
When we trust him, and pray in faith God answers our prayers. He answers them in his timing and in his way, but he will certainly answer. God is a rewarder of those who seek him. And when we trust him, sooner or later we will see his faithfulness and power.
We will have joy and peace.
Sometimes we have to fight to trust God for joy and peace. They don’t always come easy. But God will be with us and give us his deep joy and peace when we trust him. Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, God will be with us even in the “furnaces” of our afflictions, and will keep and protect us.
God is glorified.
He is glorified when he displays his goodness and kindness and wisdom, love and power in our lives.