This is the eighth devotion on trusting God. If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God, click here. For the first six devotions, you can continue scrolling down to “Trusting God.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”
Fear is the last of the three difficulties in trusting God. I have found six positions in failing to trust God due to fear. The bedrock Scripture in facing your fears is Matthew 21:21-22: “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” This is the bedrock Scripture because it speaks of going all in for God – which can be scary. But until you are all in for God, you will always walk in fear as you attempt to trust Him. Your encounter with faith will be fearful no matter the size of your faith because it will require you to relinquish control. Handing over control frees you to move forward regardless of people and things. Going big with God will allow God to be big in your life.
Making God your refuge is huge in overcoming fear. Psalm 118:8-9 says it best: “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.” Where you take refuge will greatly determine your trust in God. Taking refuge in anything other than God allows those things to let fear grip your life. Taking refuge in God lets the overwhelming peace and love of God grip your heart.
Even as you take refuge in God, overwhelming circumstances can threaten your peace and refuge in Him. John 16:33 reminds us how God’s truths in His Word foretell our life in this world: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” When you feel you are being pulled out of the refuge of the Lord, invoke Jesus’ words to the synagogue ruler in Mark 5:36 to JUST BELIEVE: “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don't be afraid; just believe.’” Reaffirm your faith and trust in God by rebuking fear; step back into His arms with a firm faith that “Just believes.”
Fear often evolves from a mindset of expectation. Job 2:10 shows how Job’s wife’s mindset of expecting all to go well set her up for fear: “He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’” Knowing that all things work for good for those who love Christ as Lord and Savior releases you to allow God to work and rule in every situation. The Bible is filled with examples of the people of God enduring difficult times by faith. They trusted God during these times regardless of the results knowing God’s glory and work would be done.
The last position of fear, relying on God, is found in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10: “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” Job, like his wife, saw the destruction of his life around him. Job could have easily succumbed to fear, but he had learned that life was about God and His promises. He had learned to trust and see God in both the good and the bad. Seeing God only in the good gives you a self-centered faith instead of a kingdom faith. Living with a kingdom faith changes the whole dynamic of not only who God is in your life, but also what God is able to do in your life and the life of others!
Matthew 17:20 “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”
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