“Trust in the Lord…” Proverbs 3:5
As I said in the last post, when it comes to trust, God wants us to take Him at His Word. But He doesn’t only say, “Because I said so.” He has given us concrete reason to trust what He says, even over trusting our own perceptions and feelings. Focus on that one, tiny, critical word, “in.” Trust in the Lord.
As technical as this might sound, there is a difference between trusting God and trusting in God. Trusting God means trusting what He says. Trusting in God means trusting who He is. We are called in Proverbs to this deep and intimate level of trust. We are called to a kind of trust that believes who God is, giving us a natural trust in what He says. In other words, we trust what God says because we know who God is.
Entire books have been written about who God is (the attributes of God). As we turn our attention to the object of our trust, I only have a blog post. I’m going to pick out just a few of those characteristics and I find them in the Lord’s prayer. Prayer is an act of trust and Jesus begins His example of prayer with a recognition of who God is.
God Is Your Father
We heard the cry coming from down the hall. We were at the hospital for one of our boys to have a scope done. He had already been through alot, but we knew it had to be done in order to see if there were internal medical reasons for his issues. When we heard the cry, our hearts sank. The scope was done and the nurses were wheeling him back to us, but he woke up on the way. He was scared and there was no good way to explain to his little mind why he had to go through this. But as his parents we knew it was necessary and it was for his good. In those moments of fatherhood God gives me glimpses of His Father-son relationship with me.
The very first words in the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father,” lead is to approach God as a child would approach their dad. We can trust in God because He is our Father. Not only that, but He is our perfect, eternal, heavenly Father, and He perfectly loves His children. As earthly fathers, we allow our children to go through things they don’t understand because we know what is best for them in this temporary world. Yet, we are often bewildered when our perfect Father allows us to endure things we don’t understand because He knows what is best for eternity. Oh, that we would give Him the trust we wish our children would give us.
God Is In Heaven
Not only is God our Father, but He is our Father in heaven. My sons aren’t even three years old yet and they already know not to worry if something breaks. In their words, “Daddy fix it.” Of course, when they get older and their stuff gets more complicated I don’t know if “Daddy fix it” or not. But, for now, they think I’m awesome simply because I’m Dad.
Now take that childhood confidence that Dad can do anything and realize that it is true of your heavenly Father. He is enthroned above all that is. His perspective is eternal and His power is unstoppable. He knows all the little details – past, present, and future – that you don’t know. When you feel confused, He is sure. When you can’t handle it, He is already handling it. You can trust your Father, who has eternal perspective.
God Is Holy
Simply put, God’s holiness means there is none like Him. No person or being can compare to Him. This is why He can refer to Himself as “I AM.” Any other person would have to use a descriptive term or name to set themselves apart from others (i.e. I am Brad). God needs no descriptive term. He is the being from which all things receive their being. He is the source. He needs no other thing. He is self-sustaining. So He needs only to say, “I AM.”
Because of this we can trust Him. After all, if God can sustain God how much more do you think He can and will sustain His people. If every molecule in the universe finds its source in God, can He not supply all that His people need? There is none like Him and, therefore, no better anchor for our trust than Him.
God’s Kingdom And Will Do Not Fail
God does not fail. Period. He commands the sea to part and it parts. He commands the demons and they must obey. With a simple statement from His mouth entire galaxies are formed. He breathes life and the dead live. He cries out, “It is finished,” and it is finished. Listen to what He said in Isaiah,
“As I have planned,
so shall it be,
and as I have purposed,
so shall it stand…For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back? – Isaiah 14:24, 27 (ESV)
Basic translation: Your Father cannot be stopped. It’s the Olympics of eternity and it’s not even a fair competition. Team God is going home with the gold. At times it seems the other teams (Satan, the world, the flesh) are pulling ahead and gaining ground, but perception is not always reality. Team God always wins. And if you are a believer in Christ you are wearing His jersey. If that does not envoke a sense of trust and confidence then nothing will.
It is as I said. Books have been written about who God is. But even if these four things were all God revealed about Himself, that would be more than enough to elicit deep trust in Him. Thanks be to God that He has shown us who He is so we can be confident as we trust in Him.