Recently, I was thinking about something that I have been praying about for quite a while and was having difficulty understanding why it was taking God so long to at least acknowledge that He heard my request…
Why do we find it so difficult to trust God?
This morning, I stepped into the shower without fear. I believed that the water would be both clean and warm. I never worried that the water was contaminated, never worried that the water would cause me disease or physical harm, and never worried that the temperature would be so hot that it would scald or burn my skin. I simply trusted that the water would serve its purpose and warmly cleanse my body— as it does every day.
When I jumped into my minivan to travel to the cafe where I am writing these thoughts, I did not even think twice about whether the tires supporting the van would safely get me here. I simply trusted they would fulfill their purpose and keep me safe— as they always have.
A few years ago we learned my youngest son is very allergic to peanuts. While I diligently read every single food product label before giving him anything at all to eat, I can’t help but recognize the fact that I place a great deal of trust in the companies that manufacture those product labels. I trust that they are diligent in acknowledging every single ingredient that they include inside that packaging.
When I put money into the bank that I have chosen to service my accounts, I trust that the bank will keep it’s commitment to keep my money safe and sound until I chose to withdraw it or use it. The bank has never stolen any money from me, nor has it given me any reason not to trust it’s promises to remain morally upright. I simply trust them.
So, again, why is it so difficult to trust God?
My wise friend recently shared a very simple but incredibly true statement: Learning to trust God is a journey.
Trusting God is not something that happens overnight. God is so very intentional with how He guides us and teaches us to trust Him. It doesn’t take me very long to think of the many ways in which God has proven His faithfulness and sovereignty in my life. Sometimes God has intervened in big, memorable ways— other times He has knocked on my heart in more subtle and quiet ways. But, the part to really make mention of, is the fact that I can not think of one single time that I have called on God and He has not answered. Sure, the answer might not have come as quickly as I wanted. And, sure, the answer may not have been exactly the solution I was seeking. But, God has always, always been faithful to answer me when I call on His name.
1 John 5:13-15
My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.
It really boils down to you and me. Are we willing to make the choice to pursue a life devoted to trusting in God and His perfect ways— to acknowledge both the subtle answers to prayer, as well as the big, memorable ways in which God’s presence is made known in our lives? As we choose to find the unique ways in which God speaks to us, I believe we will truly embark on a trust in God that is so much more than intentional— but instinctive.