Joshua and Caleb said “Do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them” (Numbers 14:9).
That kind of “God-is-with-us-we-will-win” trust is essential in our relationships with God. How can we develop a deeper trust in God?
The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
First, we must decide to trust God (vs. 5).
These verses begin with a command. God calls us to a complete trust – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” The heart is the center of the mind, will and emotions. It’s not just a feeling. Trusting God is more than giving intellectual agreement the right views about God. The Bible tells us to trust God with all that we are – with all our feelings, our thoughts and our decisions.
This trust involves refusing to follow our own ideas on life. We are commanded not to “lean on our own understanding.” We must decide that we don’t need to know how everything will turn out before we trust God. We must decide to trust him no matter what may happen.
Our trust will make us devoted to God (vs. 6).
The command goes on to tell us to “acknowledge him all our ways.” In other words, we need to relate all of our lives to God. When we acknowledge God in all we do, then we will make a practice of pleasing him. Too often we settle for acting like saints at church and scoundrels at home, school or work. We cannot cover up a week of rotten attitudes and conversations with an hour or two of religious activities on Sunday.
The trust God calls for from us involves pleasing him in every area of our lives. When we decide to trust God with all we are, we will be devoted to pleasing him in every area of our lives.
God will give us direction when we trust him completely (vs. 6).
The command is followed by a promise. There is a reward for obeying God’s order. The Lord “will make your paths straight.”
The trust God calls for from us involves living a life that goes against the norm of our society. When we decide to trust God with all we are, when we are devoted to pleasing him in every area of our lives, then he gives us the grace to see and to walk the “straight paths.”
Trust is absolutely necessary in your relationship with God. You could even say that it’s all or nothing. Either you trust him with everything or you don’t really trust him at all.
Is there an area of your life where you aren’t trusting God? Do you have any reservations or limits to your trust in God? Are you keeping an eye open for a backdoor or escape hatch if things don’t turn out as well as you would like? Are you ready to go anywhere, at anytime, with anyone, at any cost for Jesus? Can you invite Jesus to join you in all your activities?
Reflect on this question for a few moments: Will I face the future with Joshua’s “God-is-with-us-we-will win” trust?