“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust” – Psalm 7:1
The more we know someone the more likely we are to trust that person. The more we spend time with God in meditation and reading the Bible, the more we will know about Him. I have learned that He listens to me, He answers my prayers and He helps me when we ask Him and He keeps His promises and He disciplines me when I need it.
I trust Him with my life because I know that he wants only the best for me. He Himself declared, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
I trust God because of what He has done. He has demonstrated His love for us through Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus died for our sins and reconciled us to God and now we don’t have to worry about anything. God will take care of us just as He took care of His Son while He was here on earth. Peter encourages us to, “therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
When we let go and let God, we are releasing ourselves from constantly worrying about the future and things we have no control over. By letting go and letting God, we are showing Him that we trust Him to do what He has promised to do and that is to take care of us. “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)
So when it comes to faith we need to walk the walk. To walk with God is to follow His ways, to surrender to Him, to do as He commands and to follow His example. As Christians, it is expected of us. “And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) It means that we should give Him lordship over our lives and that we should move forward in faith. Abraham walked with God and when God told him to pack up his belongings and move to a strange land, Abraham went forward in faith. Noah was a righteous man who walked with God. Enoch walked with God. By faith the disciples followed Jesus when He called them and by faith they stayed with Him when the others no longer walked with him. Their reason for staying with Him was, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)
By faith they continued to walk in Him—sharing the importance of Jesus death on the cross, the promise of salvation and the good news of His resurrection. By faith they trusted God to see them through the many tribulations they faced during their ministry. They were steadfast despite adversity because they were walking in faith and had dedicated their lives to Jesus. “But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2:20-21)
Jesus had warned them that they would be persecuted, put in prisons, brought before kings and rulers for His name’s sake. He warned that parents, brothers, relatives and friends would betray them and that some of them would be put to death. “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.” (Luke 21:12-17) But, Jesus also had this assurance for His disciples, “But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21:18-19) As long as we walk by faith we will never be lost or alone. God is with us.