Do you ever struggle to trust God?

Let me be the first to admit I struggle with trusting God completely.

Oh, we may not call it such. But when I fear, I’m not trusting God is capable of handling that situation.

When I strive, I’m not trusting His ultimate provision.

Sometimes I’m prone to believe that God will answer a friend’s prayer but not mine, which is really a lack of trust in Him when the Bible says He does not play favorites.

Difficulty trusting God has been a problem since the beginning of man, or woman, as the case may be.

If we trace back to the Garden of Eden, we see the first woman struggle to trust God. She was the mother of all humanity, a friend of God who walked and talked with Him daily in the garden. Her every need was supplied for and yet she didn’t trust Him.

She fell prey to the serpent who tempted her with the very thing she wanted but already had. She wanted to be more like God. But the thing is, she was already like God. She had been created in His image.

If Eve had trusted God, trusted that He was good, that He provided for her every need, that He loved her enough to not withhold any good gift from her, she would not have listened and believed the lies of the enemy. She would not have searched elsewhere.

How often do we search elsewhere for the things we desire?
The things we think we need?
The things He has already given us?

I have looked to people for wisdom when God promises that He will liberally give wisdom to whoever asks for it.

I have gone through independent streaks, trying to prove my strength, when He promises that He will be our strength.

I have worried about providing for my family when God promises to be my provider.

I have looked to people for acceptance when God says He loves and accepts me unconditionally, and that His love will never fail me.

There were consequences for Eve’s misplaced trust, just as there are consequences when we don’t trust God. Her mistrust and ours result in a fractured relationship with the very God who created us and loves us perfectly. Placing our faith or trust in the lies of the enemy results in emptiness for nothing he offers ever satisfies. Yet if we will trust God, He promises to meet our needs.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”
(Philippians 4:19).

The one fundamental thing that God asks from us is that we will believe. That we trust Him.

He is worthy of our trust.

Where do you need to trust Him today?

 

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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