AUDIO MESSAGE — Most of us would probably say there are very few people in this life who we actually really trust. You could probably count on one hand the number of people in your life who you know you could count on for absolutely anything at absolutely any time. My husband, my best friend, one or two of my colleagues. I think I’m one of the lucky few. So many people have been let down and trust has been broken even by those who are closest to us… the ones who were meant to protect us and watch over us. The ones we should have been able to trust.
For some, the idea of self-preservation and protection begins early in life, when the ones responsible to steward our childhood innocence are the very ones who hurt us the most. For others, we venture out into the world full of optimism and hope only to face the crushing reality of our broken systems in college or our first real job. For some this happens when our marriages crumble, business partnerships turn bad or we encounter our first eye-opening bad church experience.
At some point though we need to make the clear distinction that although people may not be worthy of trust, God is. We will never become the people God intended us to be, with the nature and character of Christ formed within us, if we don’t trust God. Really trust him.
It’s one thing to say that you trust because you’ve been in church long enough to know you should. That’s just head knowledge. It’s another thing entirely to have the life-changing truth that God is trustworthy sink into your heart.
You can trust him with absolutely everything.
God loves you and is deeply concerned about your life. He has your best interests at heart. But most of the time, if we are honest, we trust in our own ability to control our lives and the people and things around us more than we trust in God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Trusting God is a hard choice, but one we must learn to make over and over and over again if we are ever going to be the people he intends for us to be.
I talk to women all the time who flippantly say that yes, they trust God, while they live in a constant state of fear and anxiety, worried about every little thing that doesn’t line up with their ideal of a perfect life and impatiently taking matters into their own hands. That is not trust.
The definition of trust from scripture has a few words to help us understand its meaning — bold, careless, confident and secure. Imagine living your life with those four qualities as the undergirding for every decision, relationship and point of conflict. Imagine if we could actually be bold enough to step out when God prompts us to take a step, without fear of failing or falling. Imagine if we had no cares or worries rattling around in the back of our minds. Imagine if we were confident that each step we took was ordained by God and we were smack dab in the middle of his will for our lives. Imagine if we were secure enough in who he is and who we are to actually let go of what other people think and just live the adventure he his calling us into.
Do you still think you trust God?
I shared this in a message recently at my home church. Scroll to the bottom to listen to the message now or keep reading…
The second part of the definition of trust gets even better. It means to lie down on the ground face down. This conjures up pictures in my mind of a police officer wrestling an offender to the ground in order to subdue him. How often is God asking us to trust him but we are just like that guy, trying desperately to stand up and run on our own.
From this position, we would be unable to see what’s coming. We would have to fully trust in someone else to be our eyes and keep watch out for us.
From this position, we are totally defenceless. We would be unable to defend ourselves against attack, completely vulnerable to another for protection.
From this position, we would be unable to do anything for ourselves and fully reliant on someone else’s provision and care.
If we are willing to choose this posture of surrender within our hearts and with all humility and gentleness allow Jesus full reign in our lives, he will pick us up and lead us forward. He will be fully aware of what’s coming and equip and empower us to face it. He will be our defence against any attack and will teach us to arm ourselves with his protection and remain steadfast in the face of adversity. He will provide our every need so that we can stop constantly worrying, and focus on things that have far more eternal weight and glory.
Although I used the visual of a police officer wrestling an offender to the ground, I want to be crystal clear that Jesus will never force us into a position of surrender. This is a position he wants us to willingly choose for ourselves because he willingly chose to put himself in this position for us.
When Jesus came to earth to accomplish God’s plan of redemption, he willingly took up this position of complete trust in the Father’s plan. He stepped down into our earthly existence fully trusting that God would protect, sustain, empower and guide him through the entire process.
Trust is harder than we think it is, and all too often we limit what God can do in and through our lives because of our inability to literally lay down our own desire for control and trust him. We trust our bank account, we trust our jobs and roles, we trust our family, and we trust our ability so much more often than we really trust God.
If that’s where you are at today, don’t be disheartened. We all have areas of our lives we have yet to fully surrender to the goodness of God. Strongholds we have put in place to provide for ourselves, physically or emotionally, walls of defence we have built to protect our hearts from further injury, and false anchors of hope that we’ve tied ourselves to in order to attempt to secure a safer future. We all have things we’ve built into our lives, meant to protect us, keep us secure and control the world around us. All things that hold us back from the life Jesus is inviting us into. All things that have to go.
If we truly trust God, then we have to believe that he will bring about his desired plan and purpose for our lives. We don’t have to strive to try to figure out where we fit in or where our destiny will lead, we just need to be faithful with what he has put in our hands today, listen to his voice of direction and respond with faith and obedience.
You have no idea the places God will take you and the things he will do through your life if you can learn to trust him… really trust him. Here’s the audio message from my home church…
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.