Trusting GOD doesn’t make sense to most people this is why so many people shy away from trusting HIS Word because everything HE desires for us to do requires faith in HIM alone.
If you read or are familiar with those men and women who placed their trust in GOD, we will see the glorious outcome they all experienced. GOD used those people to help us in our walk of faith today. They were just ordinary people who did some amazing things not because of who they were but because of who GOD is.
If you have a child, ask your child to trust you in an area that you will ask of them that seem totally goofy. It is so left field that it may cause them to decline or hesitate. If your child without any thought do what you asked of them, that’s super great because your child just demonstrated to you, complete trust in you. This is what GOD desires because HE is our heavenly FATHER, yet time and time again we exercise that we really don’t trust GOD as we may proclaim because it’s all revealed in our actions. But if your child declines or hesitates to do what you’ve asked, ask the child why.
It is imperative for us all to know that we must choose to trust people. And because of our experiences, we find it a wee bit difficult to take people at face value because we do not want to experience disappointment and we don’t want our expectation of what we place into a person dashed.
But GOD is not humankind, HE is the Creator of humankind, it is impossible for HIM to lie. If GOD says that the sky is green, and the grass is blue that is what they will be, and we will be totally amazed.
So, the relevant questions we all must ask of ourselves which requires an honest answer is – do we truly trust GOD; do we truly trust in CHRIST JESUS and do we trust the Holy Spirit?
GOD’s desire for us to experience HIS very best this is why HE gave us HIS only begotten SON JESUS.
I will use just a few people that demonstrated their trust in GOD.
Abram: Exalted father – aka – Abraham: Father of a multitude
Let’s see how his trust in GOD grew over time. The Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Although Abram left, he did not do as the Lord required of him, he did not leave his family but took his family with him.
Let’s fast forward to see how much Abraham matured into trusting GOD. God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then GOD said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which GOD had told him. Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” Did you catch that? He believed that he and his son would return this is why he spoke that. Let’s continue. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, GOD will provide for HIMself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So, the two of them went together. Isaac trusted his daddy. How many of you would have begun thinking some thoughts that have nothing whatsoever to do with trust? Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. WoW, can you put yourself in Abraham’s place or for that matter put yourself in Isaac’s place? What would you have done had GOD spoken this to you or what would you have done if your parent or parents tied you up, then motioned with a weapon to do you bodily harm? The Angel of the Lord/JESUS called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So, he said, “Here I am.” And HE said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now, I know that you fear/revere GOD, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from ME.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So, Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. Gen. 22
Daniel: GOD is my judge
Daniel was taken from his land and family to Babylon where he was obligated to service the king. His name was changed to represent hedonism Belteshazzar meaning to protect the king. Because he was apart of the royal palace, he obtained the required training. However, because he had piety and observed the Mosaic law, he obtained the confidence and esteem from those who were over him. The training that he received in Jerusalem was never forgotten and it was a help which caused him to excel over his peers. Daniel had a habit of praying with his windows open to GOD because his trust was in HIM. And, because of his intimate relationship with GOD, GOD blessed him, and this caused envy among his peers. After his peers devised a plot to have Daniel killed, they tricked the king and had him to sign a decree to anyone who did not obey his orders. Well, Daniel did what he knew to do and that was to open up his window as he had habitually done before and prayed. This caused his peers to reveal to the king what Daniel was doing and it was then that the king became grieved because he finally saw that in his signing that decree, he was tricked. But the king had no choice but to follow through. Daniel was brought before the king and eventually thrown into the den of lions. But before he was taken away, the king said to Daniel, “Your GOD, whom you serve continually, HE will deliver you.” The heathen king had to in his heart trust in GOD for him to say this. And, with much hope, the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living GOD, has your GOD, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Daniel said to the king, king, live forever! My GOD sent HIS angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me because I was found innocent before HIM; and also, king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So, Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed/trusted in his GOD. Dan. 22.
She began her life as an idol worshipper but after the death of her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law migrated with her mother-in-law on her return to Bethlehem. There she continued to learn about GOD and her trust in GOD grew. She became the grandmother of King David the maternal progenitor of JESUS CHRIST. Book of Ruth.
Mary: aka Miriam
Wife of Joseph but prior to them becoming husband and wife was found with a child that was not placed within her womb by any man. Her child was placed within her womb by the Holy Spirit while she was still a virgin. The angel Gabriel informed Mary that she is to be the mother of the MESSIAH. Mary went away to be with her cousin Elizabeth and Elizabeth acknowledged that her cousin Mary was carrying the MESSIAH within her womb and upon hearing the voice of Mary, Elizabeth’s baby leaped within her womb. Mary returned back to her home in Nazareth where apparently, she was showing the results of her baby growing on the inside of her. Joseph was informed by an angel about her condition and the part that he would have in the child’s life. So, Joseph gladly took Mary his wife into his home. This was trust in GOD that he did as he did, and he trained JESUS to be a part of the family business of carpentry until it was time for JESUS to begin the work that HE came to earth for. Matthew and Luke.
There are many example setters that you can look up and see yourself but take notice of how they trusted in GOD so that you can begin to walk out in faith to trust in GOD.