“He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.”
2 Kings 18:5-6 ESV
Of the 42 kings in Israel & Judah, Hezekiah is remembered as the most trusting of God. What an epitaph! I don’t mean that in a depressing way: to be remembered as one who trusted God more than anyone else is quite the compliment.
How do you build trust? Experience. Living with someone will reveal their heart and prove their reliability and trustworthiness. People build reputations around trust. Honor your word, show up for your friends, treat people with respect, protect private conversations, and others will trust you. Fail to do so and doubt creeps in, distance separates, and walls rise up.
Trust is a two-way street. We must learn to trust God, and He must be able to trust us. God has proven Himself through His patience, tenderness, presence, and sacrifice. He invites us to enter into a relationship with Him and offers unconditional love, unfailing mercy, and permanent access to Himself.
He also outlines what we can do to build trust with Him. He gives us the roadmap to learning how to be trustworthy children. Following these instructions will lead us into a deeper relationship so that He can say of us, “They trusted in me.”
Cling to God during the good times and bad times. Holding Him close means involving Him in your daily life choices. It means rejoicing in His presence when celebrating the joys of life and allowing Him to fold you in His embrace during the worst trials you face. God will never abandon You. So don’t abandon Him at life’s edges.
Holding God indicates a physical closeness, a relationship we can feel. God’s presence surrounds us, giving us wisdom, strength, and hope. Sometimes I just needed a hug. And if you’ve never asked God for one, you are missing out. God gives the best hugs. His warmth embraces you and you can feel His arms gently holding you while you cling to Him. Your heart will sense a peace that permeates the chaos and your mind will find rest.
Hold onto God because He’s holding you right back. Next time you feel the bite of grief, the pangs of loneliness, or the weight of hopelessness, reach out to God and ask Him for a hug. You can trust Him to be there, no matter what.
Not only do we involve God in our lives, we let Him lead us down the paths of His choosing. If you are new to trusting God, you may wonder how you can let Him lead when you don’t know where He’s taking you. This is the beginning of trust. If you knew everything He knew, you wouldn’t need trust or faith. You’d be walking in your own knowledge.
Take that first uncertain step onto the unknown path. It’s ok if you feel hesitant, it’s natural for your mind to balk at walking into the darkness. But take that step anyway. You’ll soon discover that each step proves His trustworthiness, making the next step easier. Each step you take builds your trust in Him and proves your trustworthiness to Him.
Think about it. God wants to lead you somewhere for a specific purpose. To fulfill this purpose, He needs you to trust Him so He can build your trustworthiness to accomplish that purpose. This requires a mind willing to do the irrational thing when you know you hear God asking you to step out and trust Him.
For example, God has asked me to change jobs several times. I am not naturally a risk-taker. I like stability and would never leave one job without having another job ready to go. Or so I thought before God taught me to trust Him.
The first time I resigned from a job, I did it “right.” He provided a new job before I left my previous job. It was in a different state and at a significant pay decrease, but the experience I gained was invaluable. The second time, He asked me to leave a job without having secured another job. That was scary! I had no idea what He had in store, where I would live, or what I would do. But I did it anyway. And finally, He asked me to trust Him enough to strike out on my own and become self-employed before I had a plan and stable income with my side business.
Now, if God hadn’t led me through the previous job changes, I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to be trustworthy with His call to leave a steady job for the uncertainty of self-employment. Each change and challenge to trust enabled me to trust Him more the next time He asked me to do something scary. If I had failed to trust Him, if I had failed to follow Him, I would have missed out on a grand adventure!
Did you know you can follow someone but not honor them? I’ve followed my parents but pouted and acted out any way I could to show them my displeasure in being with them. We can do the same with God. When we grudgingly agree to follow but then add a disclaimer. “I’ll follow You, but I’m not talking to him/her. I’ll go where you send, but when I get there I’m not doing this, I’ll do that instead.” Honoring God speaks to how much our heart trusts Him. Will we follow His commandments when society pushes us in the opposite direction? Or will we follow God with the caveat, “As long as it doesn’t make me look weird”?
This doesn’t mean that we don’t feel fear or anxiety about what God is asking us to do. It means we choose to trust God more than the uncertainty or doubt in our hearts. As we learn to trust God, our hearts will become stronger in faith and we’ll be braver in our actions.
One thing I’ve discovered is that learning to trust God gives us courage so that fear does not rule our lives. God’s invitation to trust is the gateway to honoring Him with our hearts, minds, and actions. The more you trust Him, the more you’ll love Him, and the more easily You’ll hear His voice calling you to step into the next adventure with Him.
May we become people marked by our trust in God. Go ahead, take the step of faith that God is asking you to. God is trustworthy and faithful; don’t let fear rob you of this adventure. Follow Him.
Father, thank You for building our trust in You. Thank You for Your patience and gentleness as we begin to walk hesitantly at first before discovering we can boldly walk with You on whatever path You lead us. Continue Your work in our hearts and minds so we can grow in our love, knowledge, and trust in You. Help us fulfill Your purpose in our lives and fill us with Your Spirit as we seek to trust and honor You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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I want to follow Jesus! How do I get started?
“This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
1 John 4:13-15
If you are ready to join the family of God, simply believe and ask. You can choose your own words or pray the prayer below. God hears your heart, simply confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and let the Spirit lead you.
“Father, I want to be yours. Forgive me of my sins. I believe that you sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and thank you for the gift of salvation through Him. I invite the Holy Spirit into my heart and surrender my life to You. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Feel free to spend time just talking to God and sharing your heart with Him. Let Him speak to you and listen as He leads you forward into new life. Welcome to the family.
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