Developing Trust in God

“Just trust God” is a phrase Believers often use to encourage themselves and others during turbulent times. While these words are powerful and true, people who haven’t learned how to trust God may view them as merely another religious cliché. It is important to understand how to develop trust in God so that you won’t continue feeling helpless during stressful situations. Trusting God is basically allowing yourself to be “putty in His hands.” It is casting your care on Him completely, and setting your will to not worry or be concerned about a situation, knowing that once you give it to Him, it is taken care of.

Trusting God is the catalyst by which we get results in every area of our lives. It is impossible to experience true success in life without trusting God. Though it may be difficult at times, it is necessary. I remember a time when I was getting ready to teach on trusting God. I began to ask God for wisdom and for His definition of trust.

God explained to me that trusting Him is similar to following directions to reach a certain destination. When you really need to get somewhere, and someone who has already made the trip gives you directions, you simply follow the directions given, believing the individual knows how to get there. Even if you get lost, perhaps because you misunderstood something or missed a turn, you can call that person to clarify the directions so you can get back on track. Similarly, when you miss it or make a mistake on your Christian journey, call on God for directions. He has given us the directions we need to arrive at the appointed destination He has chosen for us. They are located in His written Word. He will direct you to make sure you get back on the right path.

To develop complete trust in our Heavenly Father, however, we must cultivate our relationship with Him every day. We develop our trust in others by spending time with them. Likewise, we learn to trust God the same way. We must meditate on the Word of God daily by reading the scriptures and repeating them over in our minds until revelation knowledge comes. In addition, spending time with God regularly in prayer is another way to develop a consciousness of His presence and voice, both of which help to develop trust.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Think about this for a moment. When we receive directions from someone else, do we decide to simply get on the road and figure out a way, ignoring the directions given to us? That would be foolish. But we often do this to God when we rely on our own experiences and understanding rather than trusting what He has said in His Word.

When we decide to trust our feelings, educations, perceptions or our own ways of doing things, we basically say to God, “I don’t trust your way.” This is pride. On the other hand, when we choose to trust God and His Word, as an act of our will, no matter what it may look like in the natural, we demonstrate humility through our trust in His directions. By making the Word our final authority and making a quality decision to place our faith in God at all costs, we will experience His best in every situation. Decide today to place your trust in Him only.

— Creflo A. Dollar