The definition of Faith according to Hebrews 11:1:
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, for the conviction of things not seen.”
The word ‘trust’ is a hard one, and there have been seasons in my life where I have had no other option but to completely trust God. At the time all I wanted was a big obvious sign from God. You know, the big obvious flashing neon sign, but nothing happened. In these moments – as hard as they were – it taught me something much more valuable. It allowed me to trust His ways and His plan for me, even though I didn’t understand or see what it may be in that moment. If God was to give us everything wanted whenever we asked, there would be no need to trust Him because we would know exactly how our lives would play out.
Do you celebrate only in the good seasons and feel God isn’t the same God in those tough and hard seasons?
We have the ability to grow our trust in God each day, through the good, the bad, hard and easy moments that life throws at us. Let me assure you, God doesn’t change. He is the same today, tomorrow and forever. His love and concern for you isn’t circumstantial. It’s unconditional and unchanging. No matter our circumstances – good, bad, hard or easy, we can be assured that God is still perfectly good and faithful, even in our darkest moments.
When i was quite small, learning the value of money and the work that was required to produce it (chores and pocket money), my brother and I had just been given our pocket money for that week, and I was really excited to have a bit of money in my possession (I think it was $2, which back then was a lot). We both got paid the same amount. I was paid with four 50c coins, and my brother was paid with two $1 coins. I have always been terrible with numbers and maths, and when my brother asked to swap the money, I said no. I firmly believed he was going to end up with more money. I didn’t swap the coins because I wanted too keep what I had. I felt sad thinking that he had tried to rip me off.
Sometimes you can convince yourself so strongly that God isn’t loving, understanding, kind, or good. In actual fact, God is the same all along. Just like my brother, God isn’t actually out to rip you off at all.
Align with his character
Being able to build your trust in God is making sure that what you believe about God in regards to your thoughts align with His character.
Paul says: “… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent and praiseworthy, think about such things.” This is a great basis to make sure that the perception you have about God are in line with His character.
Prayer is a great way to encourage your trust and faith in God to increase. I’m sure you can recall a time when you have prayed and prayed, and heard no answer. When that happens we need to remember that His ways are not our ways, and that continuing to place our faith in Him, continuing to pray no matter what, will always result in an increase of faith. He will answer our prayers (as He promises in His word), but it will be with what we need, not always what we want or when we want. We need to also remember that “no” is an answer too. “No” may not be the answer you were wanting, but you don’t need to feel upset or angry with God, because if you completely trust His answers, you will be able to be move forward, feeling more satisfied, and knowing with complete confidence that He cares for you deeply and has your best interests at heart.
Theres this great quote I saw that says, “When God feels distant, guess who’s moved.” Do I really trust God in every circumstance? Or only the easy ones?
Take time to really invest in God with prayer, and build your trust in Him. It isn’t always easy, but it is so completely worthwhile.
”Commit your way to the Lord trust in Him, and He will act.” –Psalm 37:5