If we aren’t careful, we can get down a road in life that makes it hard for us to trust ourselves. How often do we do what we don’t want to do, and resist doing what we know we should do while coming to the realization that if we did what we should do instead of doing what we shouldn’t do, the outcome of what we did would would be the right thing? Now say that a few times over and over, LOL
How often do we tire of the anger, the meanness, and hating others around us? How often do we tire of our simple lack of self control? When we get to this place in life we start losing trust in ourselves.
The key to trusting ourselves is to learn to trust God. To recognize that this is our bad nature that can be healed by God’s love and wisdom.
Romans 7:21-25 (TNIV, This is the Apostle Paul talking)
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
As Christians, we often throw around the whole “trusting God” thing. But how does it really look in our lives when we do? Trusting God means applying His wisdom to our lives even though we may not understand it (we call this obeying). It means that we are confident in him even though we can’t see Him with our eyes.
When we apply His wisdom and see the positive outcome, it takes us a step closer to a full trusting relationship. As we develop this relationship of trust with Him……we gain confidence and the scales start to lift from our eyes. We can truly see His footprints and His presence in our lives.
Here are some examples from Scripture:
Genesis 6:14 (TNIV, Noah obeyed what God wanted him to do)
So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
This is Jesus talking in this next verse. How many of us pray for our enemies or those who have hurt us in some way, better yet, of those of us who do….what has been the outcome?
Matthew 5:43-45 (TNIV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
1 Peter 1:8 (TNIV)
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”
Psalms 33:21 (TNIV)
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
May you learn to trust God, indeed, may you learn to trust Jesus and simply do what you should do. May you learn to trust in yourself.