“Do You Trust God?”
Do You Trust God?
This morning, and for the next three Sundays, we will talk about a key to Christian living. We are going to talk about trusting God. We’re going to really look at some penetrating questions. Can we trust God? Do we trust God? When we’re through looking at that, next week we’re going to turn the tables around and ask another question. And if you think the first one makes you sweat bullets, how about this one: Can God trust me? Does He trust me? Have I proven to be a trustworthy person? Can He give me what He wants to, knowing that I am trustworthy? Or am I one of those people who are trustworthy in some areas, but not in other areas. We’ll wrap up the sermon series by taking “the Trust Test.”
But we will begin this whole thing by thinking for a few moments about Proverbs 3:1-10. You have it in your bulletin.
3:1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. 9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Did you notice that there were no exceptions? He didn’t say that we were to partially obey our Lord’s teachings and instructions. He didn’t say with most of our heart we were to trust in Him, and that we were sometimes supposed to let Him lead us. No exceptions. He says, “I want you to understand that trust is a total affair in your heart and in mine.”
Now as all this unfolds we are going to see how this applies to stewardship. I think these verses tell us this:
1. God is trustworthy.
2. God has entrusted (placed within our care) the possessions, opportunities, talents, and time that we now have.
3. We are trustees/renters of everything God has given us.
Now, before we take a look at us, let’s take a look at God. Here is why God is trustworthy.
1. God’s Care is Constant.
When it comes to trusting God, you can rest assured that He gives you and me constant care. I love Hebrews 13:5,6: “…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” That’s a great promise. George Beverly Shea, the singer who partnered with Billy Graham for so many years, was sharing that he had many requests for songs to be sung at crusades. And he said the strangest request he ever got was when somebody handed him a slip of paper one time, and wanted him to sing a song entitled “God’s grip don’t slip.” Now, I want tell you that’s really bad grammar, but it’s marvelous theology. God’s grip don’t slip. God constantly cares for us, and because of that Peter can tell us that we are to cast all of our anxieties, all of our worries upon Jesus.
2. God’s Gifts are Generous.
God not only constantly cares for us; but He is generous in His provisions to us. He has blessed us with gifts, and talents — all kinds of blessings. God gives us everything, EVERYTHING good in our lives. Whatever you are thinking of right now that you recognize as a good thing in your life, if it is truly good, it came from God. And on this All Saints Day, we note how He has given us, and all who have gone before us, the Gift of Life. For God has given us the gift of knowing that we are saved by Grace, through Faith, on account of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
I would like to think at this point I have made the case that God is trustworthy. We can and should trust Him. I suppose now we’re going to have to ask ourselves some questions. Ask yourself: Do I trust God? Where do I place my faith? Where do I place my confidence?
Now, I know it’s easy to say, “I trust God.” It’s easy to say, “Oh, yes. I trust God completely.” But: Do you REALLY trust God? Do you trust Him in everything? Or do you trust in Him for some things? Do you trust Him in big things and not in small things? Or do you trust Him in small things but with big things, with the big things you kind of want to take control? This is an incredible question. It’s not an easy thing to do.
SO how do we trust? How do we fix this? Well first of all we need to note that this not something we do on our own. We do this by the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit and at His gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, prodding. But I am sure as we sit here we need the Holy Spirit to convince us of our need to be more trusting when it comes to God.
1. Trusting in Adversity.
Look at what David said in Psalm 56:4, “For in God I trust, I will not be afraid.” And in Psalm 34, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and He delivered me from all of my fears.” The Bible repeatedly says we are to trust God. But too often, we do not trust Him. We trust ourselves. And that gets us into trouble. It did for David. Too often we seem to want to say, “Now God, if I do this, are you going to do your part?” It’s almost like, “God, you just don’t understand all the problems I’ve got in my marriage.” “If I surrender this financial issue to you, God, I’m not sure you understand how bad the finances are.” “I’m not really sure, God, you understand how deep the problems go.”
It’s so simple. I think this is why our Lord said, “We have to have the faith of a child.” The simplicity, the willingness to be vulnerable, just to say, “yes” to God and trust Him. Even in adversity, even when we don’t have the answers. Even if we have to say like the Psalmist, “I trust in the Lord, and Lord, I give you my fears.” That’s not a conflict. Remember the dude who asked Jesus to cast a demon out of his kid, and Jesus said, “Don’t you believe?” And the dude said back, “I do believe, help my unbelief.”
2. Trusting God as our Source.
Another problem we have is it is a human tendency to trust in God’s instruments of provision rather than in God Himself. We trust the job instead of realizing that God is the provider of the job. We trust our health instead of realizing that God is the provider of our health. In Proverbs 18:10, 11, there is an interesting contrast between people who trust in God, and people who trust in themselves or their possessions. Listen very carefully. Here’s what He says: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Beautiful picture. Now, listen to what He says: “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, and they imagine it to be an unscalable wall.” What’s He saying? Very simple. He’s saying that those who trust in the Lord when they have an issue or need, they immediately go to Him. And He is their trust. But those who have possessions, they make them a fortified city, and they look at that fortified city and say, “It’s an unscalable wall. I cannot be touched. I’ll hide behind it.”
What’s your unscalable wall today? What do you trust in that God gave you instead of trusting in God? Is it your college degree? Is it your savings account or stock portfolio? Is it your job? Is it your health? It’s so easy for us to trust all of these other things, and not make God the source and platform of our trust. It’s like the fellow who said, “God, it just seems like I cannot lean on you like I want.” And God says to him, “It’s because you’ve never put your total weight on me. You’re still using your own strength. You’re still using your own muscles. Relax.”
The Bible makes it very clear. God is our Creator. God is our Supplier. God is our Redeemer, as He sent His Son Jesus to die and rise for us. God gives us faith, forgiveness, and eternal life. God is Trustworthy. We walk out of this building today knowing, God, we should trust You.