“Whether we’re praying for large worries like sick loved ones, financial troubles, and addictions or we’re praying for the small, everyday worries like seatbelts that need fastening, a safe left turn in traffic, and missing keys, we can trust God in all things.”Kim Trujillo , A Closer Talk with God
Whenever we are in a tough situation or we are worried and concerned about someone or the future, we are often told to trust God. But what does that really mean?
What does Trusting God mean?
Trusting God is having faith in Him, believing in Him, having confidence in Him and in His ability. It’s relying on God completely with our lives, those of our loved ones and our situations and circumstances.
But is it easy to trust God? Well for the most part I would say, not really.
Why is it hard to trust God?
1. We don’t know Him
We don’t trust a stranger because we don’t know them and their intentions for us. The more we know about God through His Word, the more we can trust Him. We trust family because they are not strangers.
2. We can’t physically see Him
Trusting God means having faith in someone we can’t physically touch, hold and feel. It’s not easy. But we can rest assured that God is real because we see the evidence of His existence through His works and in creation.
Credibility-the foundation of trust
A few years ago, I did a course at my former workplace which struck a cord with me. The course was called ‘Speed of trust’. It was an online course by FranklinCovey Company which helps organizations with content, tools, training and thought leadership based on proven practices (franklinconvey.com).
While I did this course as part of an organization set up, I couldn’t help but think how the principles of Trust relate to my personal life as well as my spiritual life.
According to the course, the foundation of trust is credibility. A credible person is someone who can be believed and trusted. It’s someone who is convincing, dependable and reliable.
We trust people who are credible so in order to build credibility there are 4 cores that are important.
The 4 cores of credibility are broken down into:
1.Character (Integrity, Intent)
2.Competence (Capabilities, Results)
You see, these 4 cores of credibility will help us understand why we can trust in God.
4 Proven Reasons to trust God
1. We should trust God because of His Integrity
“Integrity is deep honesty and truthfulness. It is who we really are. It includes congruence, humility and courage ” (Speed of Trust, franklincovey.com)
A person of integrity does not lie. They do what they say they will do. They are concerned and look out for the good of others. They have principles and stick to them and that’s why we trust them.
If you dropped your phone in a restaurant and a polite woman came to your table a few minutes later to hand you back that phone, how would that make you feel? You would not only be grateful to that woman but you would also be able to trust her because of her integrity.
Our God has integrity. He looks out for us always. Whatever He says He will do, He’ll honor because He’s honest.
4 Bible Verses about God’s integrity
“God is not a man, that He should lie,Numbers 23:19
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Unlike people who say one thing and do something else, God cannot and will not lie. Whatever He says, He will surely do.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,Lamentations 3:22-23
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.“
God is faithful always. He is steadfast, constant, true and unwavering.
“He is the Rock, His work is perfect;Deuteronomy 32:4
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.“
God is strong like a rock- unmoving, honest, perfect, excellent and just.
“If we are faithless,2 Timothy 2:13
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.“
God doesn’t change because we change. We trust Him because He remains who He is no matter how we act. That’s amazing!
2. We should trust God because of His Intent
“Intent is your fundamental motive or agenda and the behavior that follows.” (Speed of Trust, franklincovey.com)
On our wedding days, when our husbands say vows to us, they are expressing their intent, their motive and agenda. At that time they haven’t necessarily acted on what they are saying but we trust them based on their agenda and we say without hesitation ‘I do!’
We should trust God because His intention for us is good and it’s driven by His deep, unconditional and amazing love for us.
5 Bible Verses about God’s good intention for us
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. “Romans 8:28
God’s intent is to work everything that’s happening in our lives for good. He will use the bad, the ugly and the devastating for His purpose. He will give us a testimony through it all.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.“Jeremiah 29:11
This is one of the most popular verses in the Bible- God does not have evil plans for us. We might not know His plans but He knows them. They are all plans of a calm, stress free life, a bright future and a tomorrow we can look forward to. His agenda for us is good.
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;“Philippians 1:6
God will not leave us hanging. He doesn’t start something that He will not finish. When we were saved, God began working in us, building us to be like Christ. He will complete the work He started. That’s a good motive and we can trust Him because of that.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.“2 Peter 3:9
Guess what? God wants us all to come to repentance. That’s why Jesus died on the Cross. He is patient with us, compassionate towards us because ultimately His intentions are for us to not perish but to be saved and be with Him one day in heaven. What great intentions God has for His children!
But as it is written
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,1 Corinthians 2:9
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
God is putting together a surprise for those who love Him. Here on earth and in heaven. What He is preparing are things we’ve never seen or heard of. He is making plans for us because His intentions and agenda are good.
3. We should trust God because of His capabilities
“Capability is our ability to achieve results and includes our talents, attitudes, skills, knowledge and style.” (Speed of Trust, franklincovey.com)
The reason we trust doctors with our lives is because of their capability. Sometimes we don’t even know about their integrity but because of their knowledge, skills, talents and styles we trust and believe every word that comes out of their mouths.
But what about the God who made the doctor and gave him that talent? Why should we even struggle to trust God when we can trust who He created?
God is the Creator of the heavens and earth. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He was able to conquer death. He is capable of anything so we should be able to trust Him.
6 Bible verses about God’s capability
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”Luke 1:37
“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”Genesis 18:14
Nothing means that- there’s no thing that is impossible with God. Sarah had a baby at the old age of 90. David conquered Goliath the giant with just a sling and a stone. We can trust God because He is able.
“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;Psalm 147:5
His understanding is infinite.”
All power belongs to God. His power and understanding are never-ending and they never run out.
“Before the mountains were brought forth,Psalm 90:2
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.“
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”Revelation 1:8
God is the Creator of heaven and earth. He created the world and all that is in it. He is the beginning and the end.
He doesn’t have a starting date like we have birthdays. And He most certainly doesn’t have a date of death. He lives forever. We trust Him because He is capable.
”And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.”1 Corinthians 6:14
Jesus Christ conquered death. We trust Him because He has the power to defeat even death.
4. We should trust God because He produces results
“Results matter! They matter enormously to your credibility. People evaluate your results/performance on three key indicators: past performance, current performance and anticipated performance. “(Speed of Trust, franklincovey.com)
The reason why we trust the sports teams we do to win the next match or individuals like Serena Williams is because of their outstanding results.
From their past and current performance they have a track record which makes us trust that they will perform the same in future. That however is not always the case.
The truth is no one can beat God’s track record. He has never and will never fail.
5 Bible verses about God producing results
“and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.“Romans 4:21
We are convinced throughout Scripture that what God promised, He performed. He produced results so we trust Him.
“Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. “Joshua 21:45
There’s nothing that God told the house of Israel that He didn’t do. He kept all His promises to them.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us“2 Timothy 1:20
All that God has promised us His children is and will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ who is the way to God. We can be assured of that.
“But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”“John 5:17
God is working and continues to work in our lives daily to build us up into the image of Jesus Christ.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.“John 4:13
We can look forward to Jesus preparing a place for us in Heaven. It’s not just what He accomplished for us here on earth but what He is doing for us as well in heaven.
My Encouragement to you
God is 100% credible. He is full of integrity, has good intentions for us, is fully capable and has shown us His results throughout the Bible. We trust God because His credibility is proven and we can’t doubt it.
While we can’t see God physically we can put our faith in Him and rely on Him with our lives and circumstances. Unlike humans, God is very reliable. The more we grow close to Him, the more we will trust Him.
Heavenly Father thank you for your power and grace. Lord, trusting you is not easy but from today onwards, I want to grow in trusting you because I know that you are a trustworthy. There’s none like you O Lord. We give You all the praise and honor.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.