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29th April 2022


Responding to God

God moves powerfully when His people respond to Him with H.O.T. FAITH.
We have looked at some ways we can aid our hearing & listening as well as what it means to obey.
The third component of H.O.T. FAITH. is trust.
Today we will therefore explore a little more about TRUSTING THE LORD.


Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4 NCV


Trust is a strong reliance, confidence & faith in the strength, ability & reliability of someone or something.
We can trust in the Lord because he is ever faithful, true & totally reliable.
We can always trust His integrity, character & ability. God is never found wanting or lacking.
He is wholly trustworthy (Psalm 33:4).

Trust involves us willingly embracing & accepting uncertainty & vulnerability.
We are often asked to trust the Lord even when we don’t know or understand everything.
That is why trust in the Lord is a heart exercise & activity. Our hearts can take us places our heads just cannot go.
Trusting God means acknowledging & accepting that His ways & will are more important & better than our will & ways (Isaiah 55:9).
Trust in God is humble dependence on His goodness & grace to see us through – whatever we might be experiencing or encountering.
It does not mean abandoning our intellects or understanding but it does mean not relying or leaning solely upon them!!!
True trust in God is faith holding firm in even the darkest of places (eg Joseph in prison, Jesus in the garden & upon the cross, the apostle Paul in his many troubles & trials).
We could note many more examples of this kind of trust in the Scriptures.

Trusting God starts in our hearts & it keeps our hearts still & at peace in his presence.
Trust always looks up to the Lord rather than getting overwhelmed by looking all around at what is happening before us (Psalm 121:1-2).
It seizes upon the Word & promises of God & refuses to let go until they are fulfilled.
Trust is faith engaging & persisting to achieve a specific goal or purpose.
It centres on the Lord & his will, way & word rather than the circumstantial evidence.
In faith it embraces & holds out for the unseen (Hebrews 11:1).

Jesus exhorts & encourages His disciples to trust Him & to trust God.
He asks us to do the same – each & every day.
Trust & obey as it is the ONLY way to lasting peace & complete joy.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I trusting God right now?
  • Do I readily surrender my desire to know everything before trusting the Lord?
  • Meditate on the trustworthiness of the Lord.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your great faithfulness,
That you are trustworthy in all your ways.
Jesus keep us close to & trusting You each day.
Holy Spirit help us to persist with faith,
To keep looking up unto the Lord.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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