“You will have moments of weakness that test your faith and commitment. Because we are not perfect chances are you will give in to the weakness a time or two. Your flesh will decide to take the path of least resistance and the world will be your guide. I’m so thankful that in these moments God’s mercy and grace are abounding and generous! However, please understand that there are consequences to your sin and disobedience.
The Bible mentions time and again stories of godly people who failed to trust God in moments of hardship. Abraham claimed his wife as his sister more than once out of fear. Moses struck the rock in Numbers 20 in disobedience and, as a result, was not able to enter into the promised land. We’ve all been there, but we’ve all also experienced the results of not trusting God.
Proverbs 11:28 speaks to the consequences of trusting in riches (and other things) instead of God. The verse says that when we do this we will fall. No doubt that trusting in the world leads to failure. Furthermore, Proverbs 28:26 says that those who are wise enough to trust in Him will be kept safe, as opposed to those who trust in themselves. Here the correlation is that when we decide to trust God there is a safety that guards us. How encouraging is that! Such a blessing to know we have God on our side through thick and thin.
Today’s devotional wasn’t meant to be a fear tactic, but a wise warning to the inevitable consequences of trusting in yourself or the world. I’ve found that to be true and you probably have too, but my prayer is that we don’t have to face those consequences again. This is a reminder to keep your trust in God through the good, the bad, and the ugly. You will always regret not trusting Him, but you will never regret having done so.
The Benefits of Trusting God
The benefits of trusting God are immeasurable. While the Bible is filled with stories of those who didn’t trust God, it is also packed with stories of those who did! Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den and came out alive, prompting the king to worship God. David faced Goliath and conquered the giant. Esther came before the king, even though it could have resulted in death, and saved a nation. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked into the blazing furnace and came out without a single singed hair. Trusting in God has that kind of power—a kind of power that isn’t just reserved for those in the Bible, but a power that still lives today for you and me. A power that bends the knees of kings to worship, conquers giants, saves nations, and protects individuals.
Psalm 9:10 testifies to this power. For those who put their trust in God, He does not forsake them. This means that God will be with you in the trust journey and that’s a promise you can take to the bank. He will not give up, turn on, or go back on you or His word. He will protect, defend, and honor you.
Maybe right now you’re facing a situation that calls out all the trust you can muster. The enemy may whisper lies into your ear to tempt you away from what is good and right. However, you must stand firm. Trust God’s process. The benefits of doing this will outshine what you can see this side of Heaven, but mostly, God will be on your side. Go with that knowledge as you make your decision to follow God and trust Him.
How to Muster the Trust
What if finding a way to trust God in the unforeseen challenges is more difficult than it sounds? This is likely at times, to be honest. And when that happens you will have to gather everything inside of you to muster the trust. It may not be easy, but it will be necessary for staying on track.
In Psalm 56:3 God says that when you are afraid you must put your trust in Him. There is no other option in Who to trust and there is no other way through the fear. Plain and simple, it is trust you must muster when the flesh fights to tap out when the going gets too tough.
Furthermore, Romans 15:13 states that you will be filled with peace BECAUSE you trusted in God. No claims that the peace comes before trusting, only after. Which means when you’re searching for peace in the midst of your struggle the only way to find it is if you put your trust in God!
How do you muster the trust when you’re afraid? Just do it! I know it sounds too easy, but it can be done. As I said on day one, I constantly tell myself over and again, in times of struggle to “trust in God’s process.” I’ll say it until all I can do is believe it. I’ll also speak verses that apply to the situation over myself as there is no weapon stronger to fight the enemy than the Word of God and the name of Jesus.
My prayer now as I write this is that you’ll find trust in God and His process. When it gets tough—and it will—come back to speaking Scripture over yourself. Turn to God in your fear. Call out to Him when the trust is fading. When you do that, when you seek to put your trust in Him, He will give you peace. He will honor that and not forsake you. There is nothing stronger than the words and promises of our Almighty God.”
~ Victoria 💛