[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″]Knowing God builds our trust and faith in Him. Because let’s face it, it is very difficult to develop strong confidence in someone you don’t know, or don’t know if they will actually do what they say they will do. So, the more intimately you come to know the Lord Jesus through the Bible, God’s Word, the more you will discover that you can trust him.[/x_custom_headline]
For example, every believer deals with times of attack and affliction caused by the devil. And when you are going through difficult times your faith, your trust in the Lord in other words, is often put to the test. So what do you do then? Well, at this point, when your trust in the Lord is being placed on trial so to speak, you need to find a promise in the Bible that you can stand on. A promise that you can trust and rely on, that fits your particular situation.
As an example of this, here is a verse that you must come to know well.
[x_blockquote cite=”Proverbs 18:10 KJV” type=”left”]“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”[/x_blockquote]
There are two specific times when Christians come under attack: when they are living right, and when they are living wrong. However, when you are doing wrong, you lose all confidence in the Lord and His rescuing power. So, since we are using this an example, let’s just say that you are living right and are being bombarded by the devil because of it. Now what?
Well, now you run to the Lord for safety and protection when you face the challenges of life, instead of running to someone or something else.
You see, when you know the Lord more intimately, your confidence in what He says begins to grow substantially. So then when you are under pressure, and you read a verse like the one above, then you also know that it isn’t just a bunch of hot air, but that the Name of Jesus is a strong tower that you can run to as your refuge and be in safety.
[x_blockquote cite=”Psalm 143:8 KJV” type=”left”]“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”[/x_blockquote]
The Psalmist started the day with God! By doing this he was developing in his knowledge of God, and he was able to trust that God would fulfill what He promised He would.
Sadly, many people don’t start their day off with the Lord. In fact, many Christians spend little or no time at all with the Lord or reading their Bible, which means their knowledge of the Lord and His Word is very limited. Then when trouble comes, they have insufficient faith in God’s promises to overcome.
In the long run, nothing good ever takes place in the lives of those people who refuse to develop their trust in God. Their end result is always bad. However, those who trust the Lord become like a fruitful tree planted by rivers of living water that are continually being fruitful even during the difficult seasons of life (see Jeremiah 17:7-8).
Without that trust in God, nothing will change in your life, and you will become limited to your own wisdom and resources to pull you through. But that creates such a miserable life, since we already know that if our own ideas where good enough to solve all of our problems they would already be solved.
In fact, if you want a live a life of being constantly down in the dumps, just put all of your confidence in your own means to see you through, and never develop trust in God. Talk about a gloomy, depressed life, that is it! Because every Christian who has not learned how to truly trust God, quickly becomes the poster child for the bummed out life.
[x_blockquote cite=”Proverbs 16:20 KJV” type=”left”]“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”[/x_blockquote]
It is those who have developed their trust in God and His Word who are truly happy people. Because you cannot be happy without faith in God and His Word!