If we are struggling in our relationships with others, then we have a pretty good indication that we are also struggling in our relationship with God (recently heard something like this at a wedding).
If we are struggling in our relationship with God, we have a pretty good indication that we have a trust issue. I believe at the root of most rebellion is a trust issue. Instead of trusting God and surrendering to Him, we trust in ourselves and pursue “distractions” to fill the needs in our souls.
The distrust starts when we believe a lie that somehow God wasn’t good enough, big enough, strong enough, just enough … that He wasn’t enough.
Satan tempted Adam & Eve with the lie that God’s provision and God Himself wasn’t enough. They believed the lie and disobeyed God and ate of the one tree they weren’t to eat.
In Think Differently, Live Differently, it says,
At the root of any fearful thought is the lie that, somehow, God doesn’t love me.
As a spiritually alive being, your focus and confidence should be upon your connection to your Creator. [Confidence should be in our Creator/God.]
In the book, Freedom From Fear, it says:
As we draw closer to Christ in total obedience to Him, the enemy tries to intimidate us more than ever. And it is usually at our weakest point.
Trust is pivotal to our relationship with God. You can’t have a good and “intimate” (intimacy of souls) relationship with someone that you don’t trust, and you can’t have a personal and deep relationship with God if you are lacking trust in Him. This is why the Bible is replete with verses on trust. The following passages are a small reflection of what the Bible says regarding trust:
3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.[a]
8 He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
We can experience what it means to “abide in the Lord” when we are surrendered to Him.
We are able to surrender to Him when we are fully trusting in Him.
It is this attitude of surrender that places us in the position of being “receptive” to the Lord: to the working of His Holy Spirit in our lives, to His inspiration as we read His Word, to His “voice” as we spend time communing with Him in prayer.
It’s interesting that “rest” — the perfect and best kind comes from trust.
A worrier, one who lacks trust, is one who also struggles with being at rest.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
It’s interesting that unbelief equals unrest in the Hebrews 3:18-19 passage. In Hebrews 3:12-14, we see that a cause of our unbelief is hardness of heart due to deceitfulness of sin.
We become hardened in our hearts/souls due to deception (lies) and our own sin (sinful natures) that deceive us. Trusting in ourselves shows how fickle our god is. We, in ourselves, are easily deceived.
The opposite is so wonderfully promising! If we hold onto the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, we are become “partakers” of Christ! What is the beginning of our confidence? It is Jesus — the basis of our salvation and the hope of the Gospel!
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
It is impossible to have this hope and to have this “restfulness of soul” if you don’t have a foundation of truth. The blog post, https://graceinthemoment.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/and-the-truth-shall-set-you-free, says, “If we want to know what is absolute truth, then we need to know who God is.”
In the devotional book, Men & Women Of The Bible, it says the following concerning this:
“Today many people treat the teachings of Christ lightly. To them, faith boils down to little more than personal preference. But a faith that has no conscience or that is not anchored to the truth is a ship sailing to disaster. How would you describe the seaworthiness of your ship of faith? Can it handle the rough seas of temptation, or does it need to return to port for repairs?”
We can trust God because God is truth.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
We can trust God because He creates reality. What He says is.
Isaiah 42:5-9New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Thus says God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
7 To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
8 I am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
We can trust God because He is a good God.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.
We can trust God because He loves us unconditionally.
3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
[ Christ in Our Place ] For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
We can trust God because He works all things together for good to those who love Him.
28 And we know that all things work together for good
As we trust in God because of Who He is, we have the wonderful promise that we will be “partakers of Christ.” We will experience the joy of His presence in our lives!
Trusting in the Lord speaks of receptivity to the Lord and also of an attitude and heart that actively invites and welcomes His Presence into our lives.
God desires to be present in each and every aspect of our lives. Do we actively welcome and receive Him… as our Peace, our Joy, our Strength, our Love, our Truth, our Patience, our Righteousness?