If you’ve been following along this month, and I hope you have, we’ve been discussing the importance of making the decision to intentionally trust God greater. This week we’ve been focusing our attention on five essential elements for trusting God. If you’ve missed them, I’d encourage you to go back and read the posts from earlier in the week.
By way of review, the first was: T-Take Him at His word. The second element was: R – Rest in His Presence. The third essential element was: U – Understand the Outcome Doesn’t Depend on Me. The fourth element to trusting God was: S – Accept That God Is Sovereign.
Today we turn our attention to the fifth essential element for intentionally trusting God: T – Testimony of Others and My Own Previous Experiences
People began to trust Jesus because of the miraculous signs they saw Him perform.
“Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him” (John 2:23).
In times when my own ability to trust wanes, I can be encouraged by others’ testimony about what God has done in their lives. I can also recall my own past experiences when God has worked in my life.
“They had power over him and won because of the blood of the Lamb and by telling what He had done for them” (Revelation 12:11 New Life Version).
So as I endeavor to trust God more quickly and completely, in the big things and the little things, I can be confident He will be true to His word, He is completely in control, He already knows the outcome, He is sovereign, and He has shown himself repeatedly good and true in others’ lives and my own.
In trusting Him, I will not be disappointed.
“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man (woman) who trusts in Him” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV)!
Likewise, just was my own trust will be encouraged by others’ testimony of what God has done in their lives, my testimony of what God has done in my life will serve to build others’ trust in Him.
“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3)
How have others’ testimonies of God’s goodness or faithfulness helped you trust God?
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