Jeremiah 17:5-6 Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. (Read v5-10 for full passage)
I love being a dad and one of my memorable experiences with my kids was teaching them how to swim. On one particular holiday, my wife and I took our 3 kids down to the resort swimming pool and one by one encouraged them to jump off the ledge into the water and into our arms. It was a lesson of trust that for 2 of the 3 kids created a lot of tension for them.
Trust has a tension to it. I call it the ‘What if’ factor. What if it doesn’t work? What if I sink? What if God doesn’t meet my expectations? What if I marry the wrong person? Too many people live by their ‘what ifs‘ rather than by what God’s Word says. However, you’ll never live by what God says, until you trust who God is.
The biggest wrestle of my walk with God has been learning to trust in him and not in myself or anyone else as my primary source. The reason why is because I didn’t know if I could trust his character. However, God has taken me on a journey to teach me to trust in him and all that I have seen of God teaches me I can trust him with all that I haven’t seen in my future.
The default of the human heart is distrust. We find it difficult to trust ourselves, let alone others. Why? Jeremiah 17:9 says, ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?’ There’s a popular song by recording artist, Sting, with the lyrics, “Let your soul be your pilot, let your soul guide you home.” Baloney! Apart from Christ, our default position is distrust, deception and disobedience. If our hearts were basically good, we wouldn’t have needed a Saviour to save and deliver us from our sin.
Trusting God requires a heart transformation. God searches the heart and tests the mind and gives us a new heart. God uses a variety of surgical instruments to transform us, most commonly circumstances. Every life circumstance is about learning to trust in God. God uses our circumstances to teach us how to relate to him in such a way that we fully trust his nature at work on our behalf. Trust is relational, not circumstantial.
Your relationship with God will determine your revelation of God. Walking with God is a progressive journey of revelation. The greater your revelation of Gods character, the greater your level of trust. Trusting God is easier, the greater your affections for God’s presence increases. Abiding in God’s presence brings trust because God is trustworthy. Trust isn’t something I cultivate, it’s already built into God’s very nature. God is faith personified, its his nature to believe. The more I abide in him (Jn 15:1-11) the more trust becomes my lifestyle.
God blesses those who trust in him and curses those who trust in the flesh. Trusting in the flesh results in a barren life but trusting in God results in a fruitful and abundant life. The more we learn to trust in who God is, the more we will live by what he speaks into our lives.