Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’”
Got it, Lord! What’s next? Then I heard God’s still, soft voice. Do you really believe “I Am” who I say “I Am?” “Do you really trust Me?” Hard words to hear. As I pondered over them, they began to challenge the depth of my trust in God. Last night I returned at 9:30 pm from a talk I gave on faith, believing in God, and walking with God. It went very well until I got home, and my wife shared a message with me left on her phone from somebody I’m helping. The message was, “Please call me. I am at the end of my rope. I do not know what to do.” My mind immediately went to time, money, stress, problem solving, sharing my house, the energy to direct and challenge going forward, and I flat just did not want it. Immediately I heard God say, “Do you believe in me?” “Do you even believe I exist?” “Can you trust Me?” “Do what you say – Get out of yourself and love others above all else.” Do you think I immediately picked up the phone and called him? No… I waited 23 hours! Praise the Lord – he did not answer! I am sorry I am putting you through true confessions, but honestly, I think we all have this attitude in varying degrees. This challenged me even more on trusting God. The point in this story is that this short, simple, straightforward Scripture is one of the most challenging for Christians.
I have been wrestling with this teaching all week. When God put it on my heart, it seemed so easy, straightforward, and pivotal to my relationship with Him. As I studied multiple Scriptures on faith and trust, I found many things that accompany a faith that is lived out. From Psalm 31, I learned four things that helped David believe and trust God: “In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge” (vs.1); “. . .be my rock of refuge” (vs. 2); “a strong fortress to save me . . . into Your hands I commit my spirit” (vs. 6); “. . . I trust in the LORD . . . my times are in Your hands” (vs.15). Learning some of David’s beliefs about God challenged me to look for other beliefs in God. The more I studied Scriptures on faith, trust, and believing, the more I realized I can trust my God. I found 14 other beliefs in God that better equip you to trust Him. These 14 are still not a complete list of making your God bigger, but they are some of the key ones. Spending time on trusting God is well worth your study and reflection. Every day there are events that require you to trust or ignore God. In the next three weeks, I will begin breaking down these 14 Scriptures to help make your God bigger, so that your natural response is trusting God!
Daniel 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’”
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area: “Hard Times” and “Satisfaction.”