I. Trusting God is not Passive
Trusting God is not our default position. This means that if we want to trust God in our every day lives we can’t be passive. Think about it. What are our default objects of trust? Here are some of the main ones:
- By default we trust in ourselves – this is why we want to micromanage every detail of our lives and our circumstances.
- By default we trust in our circumstances – this is why when nothing “big” is going on in our lives we tend to forget about God.
- By default we trust in “things” – many times we take the “thing” that God is using as an instrument of our provision, and we trust that instead of God.
Ironically, each of the items on the list above is controlled by God. They are all a part of the creation. Just as we have a propensity to worship the creation instead of the Creator, so to our default position is to trust in the creation instead of the creator.
II. Trusting God is an Active Choice
Trusting God begins with the choice to do so. We cannot wait until we feel like trusting God. We must actively choose to trust God, even when we don’t feel like it. Don’t make the mistake of letting your emotions control you and your trust in God. Remember, your heart is deceitful (Jer 17:9). Your emotions can and will lead you astray. That is, unless you actively choose to trust God rather than “how you are feeling.” God has given you your emotions and he fully expects for you to submit those emotions to the Word of God. Sometimes you won’t feel like trusting God, but this is when you must make the active choice to do so. I love the way Jerry Bridges deals with this active trust,
Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us. (Trusting God, 214)
III. Trusting God is Practical
I’m a pretty practical guy. So, what does it practically look like to actively pursue trusting God? Here’s a simple strategy that is especially helpful for those times in life when you don’t feel like trusting in God:
- Preach to yourself – Again, don’t let your emotions be the locomotive in the train of your life. Remind yourself of God’s truth, especially his promises and hold onto them.
- Pray to God – Sometimes our prayers sound something like, “I don’t feel like trusting… I don’t understand why… but I know I should trust in you because your trustworthy.” Or as a very wise man once said to Christ, “I do believe, help my unbelief.”
- Permeate yourself with Scripture – The only way you’ll be able to consistently trust God is if the Spirit is using the Word to renew your mind (Rom 12:1-2)
- Pursue Godly Accountability – Since we don’t always do a great job of preaching to ourselves it is helpful to find someone else who will.