Wouldn’t it be easier if God would submit to our plans? If He would immediately answer our beck and call? That kind of thinking would require a heart that is full of selfish intent and a mind that is set on selfish gain. In order for faith to work it has to be put to work! We have to trust that God is who He says He is and that He does what He says He’ll do. To desire a life that longs for God to abandon His own wisdom in order to fulfill what we think is best for our lives is extremely evil. Here are 3 ways to know if you really trust God.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
1. You understand free will
Free will is designed to be an equalizer between man and God, it’s the negotiating factor in our relationship with Him. He never wanted to force us to love Him and so He gives the choice. Free will also gives humanity room to explore a life without God, it’s a law that God has established for the health and love of our connection to Him. We have seen firsthand what free will does; tempts us to eat from forbidden trees and ruin the eternal safety God provides. It also speaks volumes to the desire God has to trust us. When we trust God, we understand that in our own free will we can either turn away from Him, or choose to serve Him in honor and love.
“…in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
2. You question everything
To ask questions means to pursue wisdom and understanding. We’re asking God to come into our lives and shine light where we need clarity. When we trust God, we ask Him whether we should move to another city, take the job promotion, or go into ministry full time. Even in seemingly small situations like what car to choose of the lot, the perfect timing to go on a family vacation. When we ask questions, we get God involved, it’s intimate, we let Him in on the personal details of our lives. This kind of heart posture allows to walk with God everyday of our lives.
“You keep him in perfect pace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you.” Isaiah 26:3
3. You’re ok with the tough stuff
Imagine you’re standing at the edge of a cliff and the ground is miles down from your feet. Straight ahead is a time clock counting down to ten seconds where someone will then push off into your imminent death. Yikes! Now picture the same cliff but this time there’s a net below to catch you, you still can’t see what’s down there in the darkness but, you know for sure you won’t perish. A person in the first scenario would be crying, kicking, and screaming, and for good reason! The person in the second scenario would be a nervous mess but better prepared to face the push. This is what it’s like to trust God. To have a knowing, an unwavering confidence that no matter what’s ahead, we are kept by Him. Peace is a huge signifier that we trust in the God of our salvation, we don’t have to freak out about pandemics or any crisis. Perhaps, in this relationship we have with God, the trust we give Him give Him the most satisfaction as His children. “We trust You God…above all else.” Amen!