Trust issues

Trust:

Firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.

Trust is a vital component of any kind relationship, but many of us struggle to trust others because we have been let down so many times in the past.

It is very difficult to have successful relationships with people without trust, and the same goes for our relationship with God.

Even more so for our relationship with God because we can’t actually see him.

But we walk by faith, not by sight, we walk by completely trusting in God’s word and his power to manifest his word in our lives.

1 Kings 18:22-28; 36-39

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 

28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.

36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,[f] prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. 

37 O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”

38 Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”

After such a mighty demonstration of Gods power, you would think Elijah would be feeling invincible with God on his side. But in the very next chapter, he actually ended up on the run because Jezebel threatened to kill him…

Elijah believed in God to send fire down from heaven, yet he did not think that this same God would be capable of protecting him from Jezebel.

We sometimes do the same, trusting in God for some things but then taking other matters into our own hands without consulting him. In doing so we are limiting God’s power in our lives. It’s like telling God ‘’I’m believing in you for x and y…but don’t worry about z because I’ve got that’’.

Why do we let our limited selves get in the way of a limitless God?

Well, it’s easy to trust God when everything is going smoothly and your prayers are being answered one after the next. But when it’s been weeks, months, even years of waiting on the Lord to come through, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to continue trusting in him.

This is when we may take the situation into our own hands and try to make things happen for ourselves because it seems as though God is sleeping on the job.

But during these difficult moments we need to cast our minds back to all the times when God came through for us. The same God that brought you through the last time is the same God that is going to bring you through this time around. There is no situation or circumstance that is too great for him.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

But we have to remember that God’s promises do not come with a time limit. And if we say we completely trust God then we have to have the patience to wait on him. We want to see the promises of God manifested in our lives right now and we get discouraged and frustrated because things are not changing fast enough.

But our journey with God is a lifelong process

God wants the best for us and it is in his best interest

Ephesians 1:19 (NKJV)

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Amen!

Written by the amazing Bernie. 💕

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