Our Generation’s Greatest Challenge
Trust is a foreign concept to our generation. Today’s culture is not a trusting one. In fact, we are taught not to trust any institution or system whether religious, government or education.
Because our generation has allowed the culture to affect their relationship with God, it has become our greatest challenge and we must learn to trust God.
James Dobson said, “Faith in God is like believing a man can walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope while pushing a wheelbarrow. Trust in God is like getting into the wheelbarrow!” To believe God can do something miraculous is one thing, to risk his willingness to do it in your life is another.
Trust is the highest level of faith.
5 Trust Principles found in Proverbs 3: 5-7
Principle #1 Trust is a matter of the heart. We must learn how to trust in the Lord with all our heart, with our emotions, our appetites, our purchases, our relationships and our salvation. Trust in the Lord with your emotion, desire, affection and need.
Principle#2 Lean not unto thine own understanding. James Kok said, “Faith is the capacity to trust God while not being able to make sense out of everything.” Don’t make decisions based on what you think you understand. When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away your ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
Principle #3 Put God first. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. In every area of your life, put God first, first in marriage, in finances, in family, in your spiritual life, and in your emotions. The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find he is.
Principle #4 Don’t be a wise guy. Be not wise in thine own eyes. Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought. Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall. Oswald Chambers said, “the great stumbling block in the way of some people being disciples is that they are gifted, so gifted that they won’t trust God.”
Principle #5 The Obedience Test. Fear the Lord and depart from evil. Victor Raymond Edmond said, “To trust and obey God is the substance of the whole matter of living for God.”
Proverbs 3: 8-10 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall they barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.