Have you ever asked yourself the question:
How do I know I can trust God?
I have. In fact, to be completely honest, I’ve actually been asking myself this question a lot lately. Major changes are coming up in my life (a lot sooner than I would like!), and the closer they get, the more that doubt, worry, and fear seem to invade my heart. I find myself seeking the simple assurance that I can trust Him.
Maybe you are asking yourself the same question today or maybe there is an area of your life where you are struggling to have the assurance that you can trust God. If that’s you, then I want to share a couple things to remind us that, yes, we can trust Him!
Trust is based on the character of God.
That’s a pretty solid foundation! God asks that we base our trust on His character – who He is as God. Just as we trust the people in our lives based on their character, and expect them to trust us based on ours, God wants us to trust Him for the same exact reason.
But if you and I are to trust God based on His character, then we have to know His character. Because unless we know God’s character, we will struggle to trust Him. How easy is it for you to trust a complete stranger? I know it’s definitely something I find difficult to do!
That’s why God left us His Word – so we can learn His character.
He’s not expecting us to put our trust in a complete stranger. He has given us the Bible so that He doesn’t have to be a complete stranger.
Homemade apple pie has been one of my favorite desserts lately. Yum! If I were to arrive at your house right now with a fresh-baked apple pie in hand, nicely covered in clear, plastic wrap, and ask you, “What do you see?” You would probably jump up and down and excitedly exclaim, “Apple pie!” I’m sure you would not answer my question by saying, “Umm, plastic wrap?” In fact, you probably wouldn’t even notice the plastic wrap! (Who notices plastic wrap when apple pie is staring them in the face?) You would be way too focused on looking through the plastic wrap at the delicious apple pie inside!
That is exactly what God desires you and me to do with His Word. He doesn’t want us to just look at the Bible (aka plastic wrap), but to look through the Bible. Why? So that we can see Him (aka apple pie). He wants us to be focused, not on seeing the Bible, but on seeing the Person of the Bible.
You and I get the awesome privilege of seeing who our God is through the looking-glass of His Word. I don’t know about you, but that fills me with a sense of awe! God has given us a front row seat to observe how He’s worked in the lives of real-life people.
The Bible is packed full of stories and situations that reveal His character!
- The story of Abraham reveals God is faithful to keep His promises. (Gen. 17, Gen. 21:2)
- The story of Joseph reveals that God uses all circumstances of life, even the negative ones, to accomplish His purpose. (Gen. 50:20)
- The story of Rahab reveals God is merciful. (Jos. 6:25, Heb. 11:31)
- The story of Nebuchadnezzar reveals God is sovereign. (Dan. 2-4)
- The story of Paul reveals that God has the power to transform lives. (Acts 9)
And the list could go on! Through these stories and the many others of the Bible, we can come to know the character of our God. It’s put on glorious display throughout the pages of His Word.
I love what C.H. Spurgeon said:
“If you wish to know God, you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by his Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.”
God’s Word is the key to knowing Him. And knowing Him, His character, is the key to trusting Him.
And here is what’s awesome:
When we choose to trust God based on what we know about Him, He gives the assurance our heart is seeking.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
Assurance comes, not by hope in a circumstance, but by hope in the character of God.
To wrap up, I’d like to share this quote by Elisabeth Elliot:
“My faith is to rest not in the outcome I think God should work out for me, my faith rests in who God is. The quietness of my heart is the fruit of an absolute confidence in God.”
Making it personal.
Are you struggling to know if you can trust God in a certain area of your life today? If so, I hope you will take some time to meditate on the character of your God!
- Do you have a favorite Bible story? What does it reveal to you about the character of God?
- How has knowing a specific characteristic of God helped YOU to trust Him more?