Week 3/Day 1: Trust

You say, “I believe that Jesus rose from the dead.” Good. But merely believing that Jesus rose from the dead is not enough. You need to put your trust in him. You can believe that a certain person would make a great spouse, but that’s not enough to make that person your husband or wife. You must go beyond the intellectual to volitional — you must put your trust in that person by saying “I do.” The same is true concerning your relationship with God. Trusting him is not just a decision of the head but one of the heart. As someone once said, “The distance between heaven and hell is about eighteen inches — the distance between the head and the heart.”

—Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

Week 3: Bible Memory Verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Day 1: Trust — Why It’s Important

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Carol says:

I discovered after a very long time, that if I don’t trust God — who He says He is, His promises, His Word, and His Way — I live a life of fear and anxiety.

If I don’t trust God, I will not obey Him. Nor can I love Him.

When I didn’t trust God, my life was just a mess.

Stacy says:

I get a bit turned around when it comes to trust. I’ve always had a tendency to trust to the extreme, even when someone hurt me. Trusting those who have a pattern of hurting me leaves me weighing the risk… counting the costs. And that’s just it. Trusting God is risky business leaving me with the same question. Is it worth the risk? Faith is the willingness to take a risk in building a relationship with a God you don’t see, doing things you can never imagine.

Why is trust important? Because the people and things we find trustworthy are where we go when we need help. Jesus said: In this world you will have trouble (John 16:33). By experience we know His statement is true. We know there are times we need help. When we need people to come through for us.

trust1.a. assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something b. one in which confidence is placed

—Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

Trust — assured reliance — absolutely, positively knowing someone or something is reliable. We can depend on them. They won’t lead us astray. They are trustworthy. Deciding where to place our trust is primarily based on our own personal history with someone. How well do we know them? Have they hurt us in the past, physically or emotionally? If our past experience has been good, we will trust them. If we just met the person and have nothing to base our decision on, we will be more wary and not likely to place much trust in them. If the person is someone who has hurt us in the past — forget it — we have learned our lesson and will not trust them.

Trust takes time. Take a moment to consider a person in your life you know you can trust. How long have you known them? How much time have you spent with them? Why do you trust them?

The same principle applies to our relationship with God. Spending time with Him in prayer and His Word, learning to recognize His voice, testing what He tells us through experience, these are the ways we come to trust God.

Besides personal experience, the accounts of other people can be beneficial in determining whether to trust someone or thing. When it comes to trusting God, Scripture gives us a long-term record of His past dealings with people. Testimonies of other Believers, those we know and trust, open us up to new facets of God’s faithfulness we might not have imagined before. Hearing the authentic stories of those we trust can encourage us to take steps of faith we might not otherwise be willing to risk.

But ultimately, trust in God is built through our willingness to place our lives in His hands. We discover for ourselves if He is trustworthy by relying on His character, ability, strength, and truth. We will look at these aspects of God as we study and learn to trust Him. Is God’s way reliable? Should we do the things He asks when it doesn’t make any sense to us? Can we depend on Him?

We live in a broken world, full of broken people. Nothing is trustworthy. Everyone will disappoint you at one time or another. The ground we stand on, build our houses on, is not trustworthy. Mud-slides, sink-holes, earthquakes take lives and destroy homes. The world we live in is not safe and the people we live with are unpredictable.

Is God trustworthy?

From experience, we can tell you: YES!

But don’t take our word for it — take a step of faith and trust for yourself.

Talk It Out

Talk it over with yourself:

Have you or someone you know had a bad experience that you considered to be God’s fault? How did that make you or your friend feel about God?

Talk it over with God:

Ask God to help you know him better and be able to recognize His presence in your life.

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. —Psalm 9:10 NIV

Exercise Your Faith

Gratitude:

Think of two people you have placed your trust in through the years. Write it in your journal. Give thanks for these two people.

Scripture Memory:

_________________ in the Lord with all your ________________, and do not

________________ on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Vocabulary to Revive

For Week 3/Day 1 go to Vocabulary to Revive page and read Name. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find the list of pages in the dark blue box.

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