A lot of Christians struggle with trusting God. I do. It’s one of my biggest struggles. I struggle to trust God when circumstances seem to spin out of control. I struggle to trust Him when I don’t understand His purpose or plan.
As I read through scripture, I’ve noticed over and over again that God has a pretty good track record when it comes to trust–well, actually–He has a perfect track record.
He always keeps His promises. Every. Single. One.
Then I had another thought.
Can God trust me?
I have been so busy trying to decide whether or not I could trust God, I hadn’t thought about whether or not God could trust me.
Life is full of tests. I believe that God tests us to see if we will be found trustworthy.
God gives us tests through people, circumstances, and responsibilities in our lives. He is watching to see if we will be faithful with what we have been given.
So I thought about it and here are a few of my tests of trust.
The Wife Test
God gave me a wonderful husband. Am I cherishing and honoring him according to what God’s Word instructs?
Ephesians 5:22 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”
Proverbs 31:11 says, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
The Mom Test
God gave me a precious daughter. Am I pouring into her life and doing everything I can to point her toward Christ?
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “You shall teach them (His commands) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
The Job Test
What about my job? Do I give my best every day to my students and my other work responsibilities?
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
The People Test
Am I loving the people God has placed in my life?
John 15:12-13 says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
The Stuff Test
Money and possessions are tests. Am I using these things for God’s glory? Am I storing up treasures on earth or in heaven?
Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
God wants me to use everything I have been given for His glory. Can I be trusted with what I have been given?
I’d say if anyone should have trust issues, it should be God having trust issues with me. I need to be worrying more about my trust track record than God’s.
What are some of your trust tests? How are you doing? Are you passing your tests?
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10
Can God trust me? Can God trust you? That’s the “trust” issue we should be dealing with.