Is God Really Trustworthy? Do You Really Trust God?

trust God, God is trustworthy, God is faithful, worry, fear, faith, trust in GodOkay, the first question is not the real issue, is it? The real question is, Do you really trust God? Do the two go together? Absolutely.

Most of us want to trust God for the “fix”–the answer that we’ve asked Him for. Claim the promise. Right? So we confess it, we act on it, and we nail it down! God said it, that’s that! Yes, I really trust God. And we wait to see the fix.

What Happens When…

Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right! Do you really trust God? Maybe….

Is God really trustworthy? Yes! What if? What if the fix doesn’t happen? Unemployment stretches on. Children don’t return. You don’t get well. Is God still trustworthy?

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

That verse in Proverbs says to trust in the Lord with all your heart–not a part, not halfway, but all. Lean not to your own understanding. Don’t try to figure it out on your own. Refrain from dictating to God when or how something should happen. God is God; you are not. That’s where the problem lies with the “trust” issue.

In all your ways–that means all–acknowledge Him. Make His name known; put Him first; make Him “boss.” And He will (not maybe) direct your paths. It doesn’t say God will answer the way you want, but He will direct, lead, or prod you in the right direction, the “path” He has laid out for you (even if you don’t have a clue what to do). Another translation says He will make your way smooth. He will make your way bearable.

Trusting God Is a Challenge

Trusting God is a challenge for me. I bet it is for you, too. It’s easy to trust God for ___________ but when it comes to _______________. We’ll both just fill in the blanks, okay? God knows what our most difficult issues are.

Let’s test our “trust quotient.” How do you know if you’re trusting God? Here are four possible ways:

Real Trust Means:

1. No timetable

2. No fixes

3. No worry

4. No control (of mine)

Here’s another way of looking at it:

The ABC’s of Trusting:

1. A sking God’s help (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:1)

2. B elieving God is in control (Jeremiah 32:17, NLT)

3. C onfessing God’s faithfulness (Psalm 89:8, NLT; Deuteronomy 32:4, NLT)

4. L eaving the answer to God (even if He decides not to “fix” the problem). (Psalm 31:14, NLT; Romans 11:33, NLT).

Wait a minute! It’s that last one that tests us the most, would you agree? That’s the one that doesn’t fit our “alphabet order.” Because believing that God is trustworthy is believing that God will never act any other way than what will ultimately bring good. He is God; He is faithful; and He is good. And no lack of trust in Him will ever change the character of God.

The question is not, “Is God really trustworthy?” The question is, “Do you really trust God?” Only you–and God–can answer that. But there is a sweetness in the relationship when your faltering steps of faith turn to quiet rest and total dependence on One who will never disappoint you, never fail you, and who is always, 100% faithful.

  • This post first appeared in 2012.

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12 Responses to “Is God Really Trustworthy? Do You Really Trust God?”

  1. Coralie - Queensland, Australia on February 21st, 2012 9:14 pm

    How I have realised over the years that “leaning on our own understanding” makes us lopsided. It is a difficult journey to walk leaning to one side – every bone and muscle aches from the the burden of not being able to get out of our own way and trusting God to do it His way which is the best way and the only way. I do know too that God does test us in any given situation when we say we will trust HIm. He never tempts us, but I have known His testing for which I am grateful. Whether I grow from times of waiting and trusting is up to me. Thank you Rebecca for your encouragement and equipping aids.

  2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on February 23rd, 2012 2:45 pm

    And thanks for your comments, Coralie! God is so faithful to bring us through it all when we lean on Him and trust Him!

  3. Jeanne on February 24th, 2012 7:37 am

    You have made a difference today in my life. Thank you for this entry. I am thrilled that we have a God who is so patient with us!

  4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on February 25th, 2012 4:00 pm

    Thank you, Jeanne, for adding your words. Isn’t it wonderful that God’s mercies are new every day? Indeed, what a patient God!

  5. wendy on March 24th, 2012 4:15 am

    Amen! This has been the test I am facing now and I am trying with everything in me to trust GOD no matter what the outcome of my current situation will be. I keep telling myslef it is in GOD’s hands and whatever decision he makes will be ok with me and I know it will be the best decision for all of us. It’s a peaceful and a relieving realization knowing that I do not have to carry such a heavy burden on my own and that is enough for me to be able to “Let Go And Let GOD”

  6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 25th, 2012 4:01 pm

    I appreciate your comments, Wendy. It is a hard test to wait on God in difficult situations, but truly peaceful knowing He is always in control and is trustworthy at all times.

  7. Sihle on August 15th, 2013 10:28 am

    Glory be to God,wow Sister m Blessed now by your words,I am now going to trust God with all my soul and I wont even doubt him a little bit Amen!

  8. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 17th, 2013 1:08 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Sihle.

  9. Kourtney on December 18th, 2013 2:27 pm

    Some days are easier than others concerning the trust placed in God. It is a constant effort on my part because I am a worrier. I have had breakthroughs and are still waiting for breakthroughs and for me, it is not easy though I proclaim trust with my mind, my heart screams for proof. Proof that God does care and that God does listen, and that God has provided a way though I have yet to see my crooked way made straight. This is why I am not God. Times like these remind me that I need God. Only Jesus can be the lamp that shines through so much darkness. Help me God, help us all who trust you. Meet us where we are weak and give us strength to endure.

  10. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 18th, 2013 4:18 pm

    Kourtney, Jesus truly is that lamp we all need. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Andy on May 5th, 2015 11:30 pm

    I feel God has let me down. I lost my job over a year ago. We’re broke. I always thanked God for my job. I was a faithful giver and still am. I’ve prayed daily, multiple times, for guidance and help for over a year. I have prayed about several decisions and felt His direction only to get scammed. Why ask for guidance if this is what He provides. It seems He is MIA. I’m told God is in control. Is He really in control of our day to day lives. I’m told He lets things happen, but He could change it if He wants to. Sounds like a cop out. I do know God is the creater, holy and righteous. I accepted Jesus, God’s only Son, long ago. I’ve had plenty of struggles before. But I’m having real trust issues day to day. Any suggest other than you just need more faith?

  12. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 6th, 2015 7:04 pm

    Andy, thanks for sharing your heart and for your honesty. God cares, too, even when it seems like He is distant. He can handle our disappointments, our doubts, and our discouragement. I am sorry for the situations you have encountered. I cannot tell you what God is up to; His plans for each of us is unique. But one thing is universal. He loves each of us the same, and wants nothing more than to have our complete heart–in good times and bad. Not easy to do, this trust thing. If we look at circumstances alone, we would all throw in the towel. But just as in a marriage, that relationship with Jesus must be for better or worse. Some things will never be righted this side of heaven. He cares, and yes, He is still in control. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. And He wants to conform us to His image. He is far wiser than me, so I would never pretend to understand His reasoning. I wouldn’t tell you that you need more faith. But I can tell you that after walking with Jesus for over 5 decades, there is one thing I have learned–through times of deep depression, unemployment, loss, and chronic ailments, I can honestly say, God is faithful. When you hold onto Jesus, no matter what, you will find that kind of joy and peace that passes all understanding. Yes, it’s an act of the will, but also of the heart. Jesus will restore to you, in time, “what the locust has eaten.” But it’s up to you to refuse to listen to doubt and anything that says contrary to God’s Word. His Word is true, whether or not we are experiencing its fullness at the moment. Search out His promises, and camp there. Just let Him know He has your heart, no matter what. You are in our prayers, as is anyone who has left a comment.

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