“…The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in
him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower,
and my refuge, my saviour…”
2 Samuel 22:2b-3a. David knew his
God and he trusted God. God knew David; He knew David trusted Him in all things.
How about you? Do you trust God and does God know you trust Him? Everyday God
finds a new way to ask us “Do you trust Me?”
in God means we’ve laid aside our feeble attempts at trying to run our own lives
and have now turned all aspects of our lives over to Him. His abilities are far
greater than we can imagine. God is fully capable of directing our paths but we,
holding onto various portions of our own lives, might never realize the
opportunities that God’s directions would provide
because we are lacking sufficient trust in Him. With God it’s all or nothing. We
fully trust God or we don’t. God knows if your trust is deficient, He knows you
better than you know yourself.
remembers the story of how David faced down the giant Goliath, but there is a
part of that story that many never pick up on. First, before we get into that
very interesting yet little known fact, let’s get a little bit of background
into this amazing feat of courage displayed by this youngster, David.
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered
me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver
me out of the hand of this Philistine…”
1 Samuel 17:37. Was David’s remarks
based on his own
did he fully trust in the One and only living God? It was David’s trust in God
which gave him the courage to face this giant.
discover the depth of David’s trust in God.
“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the
brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his
sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”
1 Samuel 17:40. Did David, even
though fully trusting God to deliver him out of the hand of this Philistine,
actually think he would need five stones to defeat Goliath? David slew the giant
but used only one stone. So why did David, trusting fully in his God, need four
extra stones? Not part of this story is that little tidbit of fact I mentioned
earlier. Goliath had four brothers (1 Chronicles 20:4-8.) David was ready for
them all. Was David depending on his own courage, his own abilities? Not in any
way. David completely and totally trusted in God that day? David trusted God to
not only deliver him out of the hand of Goliath but also if need be out of the
hands of Goliath’s four brothers, hence the four extra stones. David knew God,
he had a personal relationship with God, and David was victorious only because
he trusted in His God to be there at that battle with him.
We all go
through battles; sometimes it seems they’re a daily occurrence. When we are
fighting against supernatural foes we must always trust in our God to defeat
those foes. No matter how much we’d like to fight our own battles, mere humans
are no match for malevolent supernatural beings. After all, we can’t even see
them, but God can and does. When we trust God to fight those battles for us, His
and our enemy’s stand no chance. If our trust in God is lacking, our ability to
stand the test of those battles will also be lacking.
we’ve been given is as fleeting as a vapor of smoke, but as short as it can be
there is a reason we were created and it isn’t to procure a wealth of treasures
here on earth before we die. We’ve been given life so we and our Creator God can
build a super relationship together, but we must place our trust and faith in
Him for that relationship to fully develop. Trust is the basis for the
relationship, and God knows this truth better than we do. Not one day will pass
in our life that God will neglect to ask us the question “Do you trust Me?”
human mind it just isn’t natural to place our full trust in someone we can’t
even see. But the born again believer knows that this trust is built on faith,
and is essential to our faith. As our faith in our Creator God grows so does our
trust in Him. That’s what God wants from us. He’s asking each of us who have
placed our faith, trust, and hope for our salvation in His only begotten Son and
Him alone, “Now, do you really trust me?” You and I must decide for ourselves if
we truly trust God. If we are inclined to place our trust in our own abilities,
in our own strengths, in picking ourselves up by own bootstraps, God knows those
inclinations. But He wants us to trust in Him and His abilities and He’s showing
us all the time how we can fully trust Him. We must see God’s works in our lives
as His works not our own.
There is a
lot more to trusting God as we live out our lives here on earth than we can even
imagine. God is our Creator and as such He wants recognition for that aspect.
“In the beginning God created the Heavens and
the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
If you don’t believe God is the Creator of all things in this universe then it’s
apparent that you do not trust Him because you don’t believe His word. Think
about it. Is there any part of God’s word that you dismiss as myth or fable or
even legend? God’s Word is truth, but if we can’t get our minds around His word
as fully true then we’ll never fully trust Him to tell us the truth.
God that there will always be air to breath, or do we? First we must have faith
that God will always supply our needs, and air, water, and food are all
essential to those needs. Take one of those three elements away from us and we
die. Does God supply our needs or do we supply our own needs. Do we believe air,
water, and our food supply are just magically tossed before us? Do we trust in
ourselves to supply food for our families, or is our trust in God as our needs
are met every single day? Is it merely our self-effort that gives us our hope
that tomorrow there will be food on the table, water to drink, air to breathe?
and I lived ten years on the coast of Oregon and many times we would take a trip
to the south coast town of Brookings to shop at our favorite department store.
On every trip we crossed a bridge, the “Thomas Creek Bridge” which is promoted
as the tallest bridge in Oregon. The bridge was built at a height of 345 feet,
and it spans a vast ravine. Each time we crossed that bridge my thoughts went to
the engineer who designed and built it. Each time I had to place my life and
that of my family in the hands of someone I didn’t know, someone who might have
been drunk or on drugs when he designed that bridge. Who was this guy? I know
he’s an engineer but I also know he’s just a man – a fallible man and with
problems of his own which could have affected his judgments and his math. So, do
those who cross that bridge everyday or once a week trust man that it will
remain in place, or should those folks be trusting God that that bridge is safe?
You see how God works? Every day He finds a new way to ask the question “Do you
trust Me?” I can add to that question these words, “Or do you trust man?” Do you
trust the Creator or the creation, the Potter or the clay, who do you trust?
aspect of our lives has God fully involved. Those who don’t acknowledge God or
believe He even exists aren’t going to admit they trust Him. But whether they
trust Him or not, He’s fully involved in supplying their needs just as He does
with those who love Him and trust Him. No one on planet earth can survive
without God. Those who are perishing wouldn’t agree with me as they, for the
most part, believe we evolved from pond scum therefore there is no God and we
are all responsible for our own existence. In their minds, everything we see,
everything we can touch, smell, and enjoy with all our senses came from nothing.
It all just happened one day billions of years ago. There’s an old song I used
to listen to when I was younger but I never really paid attention to the words.
These words were a part of that song “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing” those
words mean so much more to me now than they ever did when I was a young man.
Trusting in God means we don’t believe every theory man throws at us. Man will
always attempt to usurp the authority and omnipotence of God. But God, everyday
finds a new way to ask the same question “Do you trust Me?”
give of yourself or your resources God is involved. He asks you to trust Him and
He will return your efforts or your resources to you many times over. How can He
do that? He’s God. An old pastor I used to listen to on the radio once said “You
can’t out give God” no matter what God places on your heart to do for others
when you follow through with God’s will it means you trust Him. God will bless
your faithfulness. Don’t think so? Try Him.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open
you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be
room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10. What’s God saying? You got it. “Do you trust Me?” In
other words, if you trust God enough to bless others with a portion of what He’s
blessed you with He promises to pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be
room enough to receive it. Being a good steward with God’s property simply means
you trust God.
trust Me?” These are God’s words spoken to believers in Christ. But God is
asking a similar question of all those who reject Him, “Won’t you trust Me?”
He’s not giving up on even one soul. When God gains their trust He gains another
child. When we say “Yes Lord, I trust You” we admit we are a child of God. We
must trust God that His Word is true and that He did enter His creation and
become a man, the man Jesus the Christ. That He did die on a cross to save His
creation. Only a perfect God could have accomplished this for His rebellious
creation, and all He asks of each rebellious child is “Do you trust Me?”
You, God” is easy to say, but do you really trust Him? To trust in God fully we
must turn our lives over to Him, completely. That means whether or not we are
financially secure, whether we are in good health or not, whether we are being
persecuted and mistreated for our faith. In all things we must trust God. We
might, as Christians, be living in a very comfortable environment where we’ve
become very content in our surroundings and nothing seems to be able to
penetrate our perfect peace. Nevertheless He still asks “Do you trust Me?” Why?
Because tomorrow a tornado or flood might wipe away everything we hold dear.
question I’ve posed throughout this commentary is God’s question to each of you
and it really takes some thought. Don’t say “Yes God I trust You” if you still
hold to some form of unbelief or you hold onto certain aspects of your life that
God really wouldn’t want any part of (sin). We can only answer that question
truthfully if we study it and allow it permeate our souls. Do I trust You, God?
I hope the answer is yes, but remember God knows the truth no matter how you
answer that question.
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