The Decision to Trust in God.

Trust in God. 

Three little words that mean so much. 

Over the past few years, I've walked through a season in my life that brought me to my knees before God like no other time before. To be honest that is why I started this blog. I needed a place to put down all that I was learning about God and how I was drawing closer to Him as I walked through that dark season. 

We all have to make that decision to trust God. 



The benefits of trusting in God. God is our shield. God is our reward.



It's easy to trust God when life is good. When our days are bright and promising, it's seems simple almost to trust God with everything. 

You're blessed with a steady, sufficient income, no troubles, loving husband and kids, and wonderful, supportive family and friends......

Oh but when life is hard, when you're hit time after time with different events or tragedies that barely let you up for air let alone truly think; trusting God is harder. 

Or at least for me it is.  I have to dig deeper into my relationship with God and into God's word. I have to seek harder after God. I have to work more at laying my life: the good and the bad, at Jesus' feet. 


Trusting in God is a conscious decision everyone must make. 

Last night during our family devotion time, we were reading about Abram in Genesis chapter 15. 

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." Genesis 15:1

God being my shield and that equating to an exceedingly great reward stuck with me. I've never thought about it like that before.  

This is a great reminder to not just me, but all of us that God is our shield- our protector. As I let that thought linger in my heart, it brings peace to my soul. 

A few verses down in Genesis chapter 15, God talks to Abram. 


Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be. "  Genesis 15:5
Abram and his wife didn't have any kids yet and God was promising him a great heritage. I wonder if Abram ever had trouble trusting God in that area. If you continue to read in Genesis you'll see that it was hard for Abram's wife to trust God on the promise because she let her maid servant sleep with her husband, Abram. 

I'm thinking CRAZY!! But she must have been hurting deeply and troubled by the fact she did not have any offspring. Desperate people do desperate things. If she had only dug deep and trusted God, then she wouldn't have the consequences of that decision. 

I believe being content knowing that God has you and will take care of you during those hard seasons in life bring a peace and rest of its own. 

Let's go back to Abram. In Genesis 15:6...

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6

God told Abram he would have a massive number of descendants. Abram chose to trust God and believe in God's promises, even though he and his wife had no children yet. 

And because Abram chose to believe God; God accounted it to him for righteousness. Abram's trust in God, Abram's faith made God count him as pure, sinless and holy before Himself. God did not evaluate Abram as righteous because everything he did, but on his faith in God's ability. 

As we each go through times in life that require us to make a decision to trust God; remember that God is your shield, your exceedingly great reward! 

Be encouraged! 

Blessings, 

Starla J. 





6 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Starla! I, too, am very familiar with those difficult times and I have questioned even God's existence before! So, I totally get it. You have made some great points here - we must consciously CHOOSE to trust Him. When we get desperate, we choose things that are out of God's will and then suffer the consequences for them. I'm looking forward to reading the other posts in this series!

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    1. Thank you Aimee! I appreciate your kind words. I'm so excited to have you join me!!

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  2. Our shield and exceedingly great reward...letting that settle in my spirit this morning. How wonderful!!

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    1. It's a wonderful, comforting concept. Thank you Chrissy for joining me.

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  3. Wow, Starla, thank you for sharing your heart. I needed to hear this: God is my shield, my very great reward. This is so timely as I focus this year on God being ENOUGH for me. I look forward to journeying with you as you learn more about God's goodness and faithfulness. Hugs!

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  4. I've been in the same place of overwhelming despair for several months. The battle has raged for me mostly in my mind. I've ridden the wave of depression and anxiety and disappointment. But God faithfully rescued me and revealed me that my hope was in my desire and the outcome I wanted, not in Him. Since then I have chosen to follow is lead and trust that the outcome, whatever it is, will be for my best. He is the reward! God bless you!

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