All of us are on a journey with the Lord. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are born into a new life (John 3:16). But we don’t know all we need to know, we don’t possess all the maturity we need to possess, and we are not yet fully capable of walking in the callings God has for us in the years ahead.
So while every Christian trusts God to some degree, there will be moments along our journey where God will invite us to trust him more. Here are 3 instances where this often happens.
1. If God Is Allowing You to Finally Confront Your Greatest Fear, This Is a Sign He’s Asking You to Trust Him More
Fear always attacks where your faith is weakest. Fear isn’t going to come full throttle right at your strong points. It’s going to examine your life and attach itself to the place where you are most vulnerable.
This is why we all struggle with different fears, because we all have different weaknesses. Eventually God will lead all of us to confront these fears. For example:
- If you fear being alone and never getting married, perhaps God will allow you to reach an age where you always thought you would have been married by then. You always had the fear of being alone, but now that you have reached this certain point in your life, God is now making it impossible for you to overlook this fear any longer.
- If you fear being betrayed, perhaps God will allow this fear to get so bad that it is ruining a very good relationship you are in. Before you had this relationship you really cared about, you could deny this fear. But now since this fear of betrayal is obviously messing your relationship up, you are no longer able to run from this issue.
- If you fear people having a negative opinion of you, perhaps God will allow you to be put into a situation where you are forced to go against the crowd.
In each of these types of situations, God will bring you face to face with your deepest fear in order to increase your trust in him. This seems to be what Jesus did with the young rich man in Mark 10:17-31. What Jesus said to this young man was not a command he said to all of us. Rather, Jesus identified this man’s unique fear and directly confronted it. In Mark 10:21-22 he said:
‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
Remember, fear attacks where your faith is weakest. Jesus said to this individual man, “You lack one thing . . . .” Jesus confronted his biggest fear because it was where his faith was weakest. You may have a different fear. But whatever that fear is, Jesus will eventually confront it with you. And when he does, it’s his invitation for you to trust him more.
2. If You Have Been Struggling with Worry, This Is a Sign God Is Preparing You to Trust Him More
Worry is like water. If there is any weakness, any crack, any opening that it can pass through, water always finds a way to that exact location. Worry does the same. It rolls over every sealed spot until it finds a little opening, it then settles right there, seeping its way deeper and deeper into our minds and hearts.
When the leak is small, it’s easy to ignore. But eventually, before you know it, if you don’t seal that opening, no matter how small the crack is, you will be completely saturated with worry. Like water, that worry will just keep pouring in through that little crack until you fix it.
Notice how Jesus gave multiple examples of how people commonly worry. In Matthew 6:31, he said, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?” The anxiety was the issue, but Jesus pointed out that the anxiety could find it’s way into your life through multiple openings.
So if you are beginning to be convicted about the sin of worrying, this is a clear sign God is inviting you to trust him more (Matthew 6:32-33).
3. If You Know You Are About to Be Attacked By an Enemy, This Is a Sign God Will Require More Trust from You Soon
Sometimes an enemy attacks you out of nowhere. But at other times, you can see in advance that war is coming.
This is what happened in the life of Joshua. After Moses died, God called upon Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. It was clear that this meant Joshua and the people would have many battles to fight in the coming months and years ahead. Thus, God prepared Joshua before the battles by saying, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9).
Likewise, perhaps God is showing you that you too will have to fight some battles in the near future. For example:
- Perhaps you are dating someone who is dragging you away from Christ. God is showing you that you need to break up, but it won’t be easy. This person is going to do everything in their power to convince you to stay.
- Perhaps your boss has been walking closer and closer to the ethical line and you know he’s about to ask you to cross it with him.
- Perhaps God is calling you to start a ministry, a business, or an organization to fight some injustice in society. You know many will oppose you.
These are instances where you know you could avoid the battle if you just turned from God’s calling. Never do that. God is asking you to trust him more. As Psalm 9:9-10 states:
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
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