Trust God

Part 6 in the Honoring God During Divorce series.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust blindly. Respect I give liberally because God created us all in His image (Gen. 1:27) and for His purpose (Jer. 29:11, Eph. 2:10). But trust...I can be a bit stingy with it. You have to earn that.

I think we do a disservice to ourselves and new believers when we assert that faith is all we need. Whatever the struggle, the answer is more faith. I find that response insulting to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), and Who determines how much faith each person receives (Rom. 12:3).

What we need is to learn to trust God. When we face persecution, have done our best, walked in integrity – and we don’t get the desired result(s). In fact, things have gone completely sideways. It hurts and makes no sense. The answer is to trust God.

Morris (2016) explains that “faith is a noun. It is something you have or possess...” It’s the gift that Jesus gave us. Trust is a verb and “is a willful choice, a deliberate action, and can only grow out of your faith.”

So, how do we learn to trust God? According to God, we learn to trust Him by experience.

God repeatedly declares that His people “will know that I am God.” The Amplified Bible translates the Hebrew word know as “recognize, understand, and be acquainted with.” The Greek word is translated as “perceive, have knowledge of, get acquainted by experience, and thoroughly by ever-increasing experience.”