Do you place more trust in people or God? This is the question that has been asked. This would or should be an easy yes or no answer.
As a Christian, I know the answer to this question is “yes”, or should in theory be yes. Sometimes though it is very difficult to really in your heart of heart believe and trust God. Especially when God has allowed things into your life that are very difficult or just plain hard.
It is only later on down the road that you can really know what or who you were trusting in to get you through that difficult time. You may have called on people, you may have prayed, and read your Bible. All of these may have brought some measure of comfort.
But when all the circumstances in your life have turned sour and the words you’re reading from your Bible become blurred due to the pain in your life. And all your friends are busy, or going through trials of your own. It is then that you will find you have to know in the deepest part of your inner being whether you believe what you have said to others.
Especially if you have casually stated that you put your faith and trust in God alone. Sometimes we can say things before we really think what it is we are saying. We may on the surface actually believe what we are saying, but our actions may say something completely and totally different.
When we say we trust God alone, and then turn to people when our circumstances are overwhelming in whatever way. We are showing by our actions that we truly trusting more in what we can see, like flesh and blood people. We may really want to put into practice what we say, but if there are people in our lives who are available to listen, available to physically help us, we may turn to those we can see (people), when we should have instead turned to God. And fully trusted God to deliver us out of whatever situation we were in, or we should have turned to God in prayer to give us the strength to live victoriously in the situation he has placed us.
When we come to the place where we are fully trusting in God alone, we will not go to people with our problems; we won’t go and borrow money from our church or friends. Instead we will believe and trust God to help us find a way to pay our debts without going into more debt.
When we turn around and look at the ever increasing obstacle’s and circumstances in our lives, we forget that God is able to more than supply our needs if we ask him to do so. And if we believe that he will do so. Rushing ahead of God,saying we trust him, we forget that to trust him also means to obey what he has said in his word. And he has called on us to be good stewards of what he has given us, when we must borrow in order to meet our needs; we are not being good stewards. Instead we are saying that God is not able to supply all of our needs and we are trusting in people to meet our needs instead of believing and trusting God to meet our needs.
God is able to meet our needs, to bring peace and contentment to our lives, but we have to be able to fully trust him. Just saying we trust God, does not make it so. Our actions will tell on us.
If we make mention to others that we are fully trusting in God alone, and then we prove the opposite by going to people with our problems and needs we are no more than liars. or hypocritical at the very least.
I do believe and trust in God, but my actions have not always matched what I have said. Not because I don’t believe God, but because sometimes having faith is not easy, especially when the circumstances of life are vividly painful, or not easy.
It can be easy to trust God for the little things in life, but it is much harder to believe and trust God when God allows things into your life that make no sense whatsoever. It is when God allows the hard things into your life that you have to remember that God is still in control.
There are reasons that God allows things into our life, whether or not we will fully comprehend or understand the why of everything in this life is debatable. God may allow us to understand some things, but he may not.
But regardless of whether we fully understand why, if we say we trust God more than people, we need to put that into practice. When we don’t and when we turn to people when we should have turned to God, it makes our faith look weak. We also give occasion for unbelievers to say people are to be trusted more so than God, which isn’t true. Although at times we may turn to people out of anger towards God.
When we are angry towards God for any reason, whether we feel justified or not we make poor choices and we cause others to not learn to trust God, when God allows things into their lives that are hard.
Trusting God more than people, do I personally trust God more than people? I’d say yes, but my actions have not always matched what I know in my heart is true.
I believe God uses other people to help us sometimes when our faith is weak, but I also believe we can be used by God to help others learn to better trust God. When we not only give praise to God for his blessings and provisions but also when we do not tell others of our needs.
When we tell people of our needs such as a need to pay a bill or that we have some other material need, we are telling those who have no faith or trust in God, that the God we serve is not able to provide for or meet our needs. It is a bad testimony.
We should however turn to God and pray for what we need, and look for examples of others who have turned to God instead of people; this will help us to increase our faith, and may help others to see that God can be trusted when circumstances are overwhelming to us with our limitations.
Trusting God for me has at times been very hard, and sometimes I still have a problem with trusting God. It can be easier to try to trust people because you can see people, you cannot see God. You have to believe God on faith alone. Trust is something that can be hard to learn, whether your placing your trust in people or God.
It is better to trust in God, and you can. If your trust is wavering or weak instead of only turning to those you can see around you look in the Bible for those who believed God, and placed their trust in God. And God delivered them. Then look around for people who are thanking God for his provision and blessings, this will increase your faith and trust, as it has mine.
Looking at circumstances is a good way to place your trust in material items you can see or in people who will fail. God never fails, he doesn’t always agree that what we want or desire is best, and it is when God says no, that our trust is strengthened the most, if we choose to listen to God instead of turning to a person, who can never care for us as much as God himself can. Later on down the road God may show us why he said no, but even if he doesn’t we have to believe that the one who loved us enough to die for us, cares enough so we can trust him.
God knows when our faith is weak, and he knows when we need encouragement, and that is why he has given us many examples of others who have trusted him, even when it was not easy to do so. We can look for examples in the Bible; we can look for examples in history, and in the lives of mature Christians around us.
Trusting God is not always easy, and sometimes I fail greatly in this area. Trusting people is not easy, and not wise. But sometimes I have trusted more in people than in God.
This is an area that needs much work in my life; this is true I believe of the majority of professing Christians. Faith such as George Muller had, does not in my opinion come easily of overnight. It takes time, but God is faithful, he does not change nor does he waver, even though we may waver in our trust.
To fully and completely trust God means that you learn to place your hand and life in the hand of God, then when the storms of life come, you hold on tight.
He’ll never let you go, and he’ll not let you fall. But if you want to try to fight the obstacles
in your life alone or in your own wisdom and might then he’ll watch you as you try, waiting for you to learn that the battle you’re trying to fight is not yours.
When you turn to him, he’ll carry you through the battle you thought was lost. He has already paid the cost. We just have to remember that when God has said he will meet all our needs according to his riches in heaven he will do so. Then when circumstances and life are out of our control, we have to remember who it is we can fully trust to carry us through to the other side of the circumstance.
Saying I trust God, and putting that trust into action are too very different things, as I am sure is true for most people if they were truthful to themselves. It is unwise to trust in people, it is wise to trust in God. But it is at times easy to “think” we can trust in what we can see more than in the God who cared enough to die. Trust is earned, and trust is learned, and God has through his payment for us more than earned our trust, if we can only learn to fully accept.