Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4.
The second step that we take in walking in newness of life is the step of learning that we can trust God. God is a sure foundation for our lives, and if we are going to learn how to walk in newness of life, we must know and believe deep in our hearts that we can always trust God. After all, our new life is completely dependent on the trustworthiness of God to change us and make us holy. Of course, we begin to know that we can trust God when we start to think about God in the right way (as we began to do in the last devotion). However, there is more to trusting God than simply acknowledging that He is real and that He is holy, even demons do that (Luke 4:34; James 2:18). Truly trusting, God, requires understanding both that God is the only person that is always worthy of our trust, and understanding why God is the only person that is always worthy of our trust. Trusting God also requires understanding that we cannot even trust ourselves as much as we trust God. Here, we will attempt to give a solid foundation for our feet to land on, as we begin to step out in faith walking in newness of life.
Often, women who have been disappointed by people that they have put their trust in, feel as though they cannot trust anyone, including God. Perhaps, you are one of those women. I use to be one of those women. If you are, then this Scripture may help you, as it once helped me: “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19). That Scripture is very interesting, is it not? In it, we read that ‘God is not a man that He should lie’– as if to say that all men lie. The Scripture also says that ‘God is not a son of man, that He should change His mind’- as if to say all men change their minds. It is probably, for these two reasons that in John 2:24-25 we read about Jesus that He“… Did not trust himself unto them, for that he knew all men, and because he needed not that anyone should bear witness concerning man; for He Himself knew what was in man.” (John 2:24-25). The Scripture from Numbers ends by asking a very good question regarding the trustworthiness of God: “Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” I personally think that that question is the only question that matters when it comes to whether or not we can trust God. We must ask ourselves, “Has God always done what He said He would do?” If the answer to that question is no (which it, emphatically, is not) then we should not trust God. However, if the answer to that question is yes (which it, emphatically, is) then, we must trust God.