DO YOU T-R-U-S-T IN GOD? (by Janine Mick Wills)
Do you T-R-U-S-T in God? I know! I ask that a lot, but our trust (faith) in God is paramount to our entire life.
Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as:
- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence
- confident expectation of something; hope
- confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit
Let’s take the acrostic T-R-U-S-T and see if you trust in God.
T – Thank God for Everything in Your Life
Testimonies are usually based on the great and wonderful things God has done for a person, but how many times have you heard someone thank Him for one more day of life? Or a tiny sparrow on a snow-covered back porch? (1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.)
What about the trial you are going through right now? Are you thankful for it? (James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.) God is still good even when things around us are not. How quickly we forget Romans 8:28 (And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose). This, of course, ties in with Romans 8:29, which says we are to conform to the image of Christ.
James 1:17 tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” God only gives good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:9-11 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?).
Your heavenly Father, Who loves you and knows what is best, has a plan for your life. The more we thank Him for EVERYTHING, the more we will trust Him.
R – Rest in God
I have a question for you mothers. Do your babies sleep better away from home or in their own beds? Their own beds, of course. That is where they are most comfortable. They have a certain relationship with the people and surroundings of their home that allows them to sleep peaceable there. Your relationship with your heavenly God should exhibit a rest far above any earthly rest.
Can call out, “Abba, Father”? Abba is a Syriac word, which intimates filial (obedient) affection, respect, and parental tenderness. It is found only three times in the Word of God. The first was when Christ prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). Was there ever a time when He desired a closer or more obedient relationship with His heavenly Father? Abba is also mentioned in Galatians 4:6 (And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father). You can only experience this through the Holy Spirit of God. You must be His child. Lastly, Abba is used in Romans 8:15 (For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father).
God does not want you to return to your pre-salvation bondage. That only brings fear. When you learn to completely trust in Him, you too can cry out, “Abba, Father,” or “Daddy, I’m here, waiting to trust in You and be obedient.”
U – Understand the Will of God
At first glance, you might say that being a wife and/or mother is God’s will for your life. This may be true, but there is much more to being in God’s will than that. Take the following verses for example.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
There are many other Scriptures that map out God’s will for your life, but if we started working on just these, think of the happiness and blessings that could be ours!
S – Strive for the Mastery
I’ve heard people say they want to charge hell with a squirt gun. That is not my desire. If I am to fight Satan, the world, and/or my flesh, I want more ammunition than a squirt gun!
Ephesians chapter six tells us to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Not only that, we are commanded to put on the whole armor of God. (Loins girt about with truth; breastplate of righteousness; feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; shield of faith; helmet of salvation; sword of the Spirit) How often do we march forward with a piece of armor missing but still expect victory in our lives? (See HOW TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL.)
If you are a Christian, you are in the Lord’s army. You are no less a soldier if you choose not to wear the whole armor of God. You are only an unprepared soldier!
T – Talk to and Learn about the Lord
This is called faith. We will only trust something to the degree that we have faith in it. If you do not have faith in a chair’s ability to support you, you will not sit on it. If your faith in God is weak, you will not trust Him (Romans 14:23 Whatsoever is not of faith is sin). Trust and faith go hand-in-glove.
Consider Romans 10:17 (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God) and Philippians 4:6, 7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus). Here we learn to trust God in all things through faith that comes from His Word.
No one needs to tell you if your prayer life and personal devotions with the Lord are what they should be. You already know. If they are not, you need to admit your shortcomings to the Lord, recommit your efforts, and strive to do better.
Matthew 14:36 And (the crowds) besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” Because these people had faith in the Lord Jesus, He healed them.
Do you have that kind of faith? Do you trust in God with all your being? In Acts 17:28 Paul said, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Can you repeat Paul’s words and mean them? If you can’t, start reading and studying God’s Word and pray God will increase your faith. Then the windows of heaven will open as you once again put your trust in Him.