Learning to Trust God

“Then the word of the Lord came to him, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you’ ”
(1 Kings 17:8-9).

Elijah lived in volatile times, and faced threatening situations. God moved Him around from place to place, so it was hard to enjoy any real security. But Elijah experienced a growing trust in God’s care for him. He preached a message that did not sit well with Israel’s leaders. They sometimes sought to put him to death. But Elijah pressed on, confident in God’s ability to deliver him from any situation.

Trusting God does not take place over night. God moves us around sometimes to deepen our trust in Him. Time and time again, God proved His faithfulness to Elijah by delivering him in his hour of need. Elijah’s faith slipped on occasion, as does ours. But with each new faith experience, we grow in our trust in God and in His ability to take care of all of our needs.

How to Develop a Deeper Trust in God

1. Do not fear solitude.
Most people draw their strength from the crowd. They go with the flow and hope for the best. God took Elijah through the rigors of hardship, which included many lonely hours. But solitude offers some benefits that we could not discover in a crowd.

While alone, we tend to reflect deeper on what’s important in life. It’s when we’re alone that we recognize we’re not alone. We forget about God sometimes in a crowd, but not when we’re alone. Take some time in lonely hours to pray, and ask God to form godly qualities in you. Give God some quality time by praying, worshipping, and reading His Word.

2. Trust God even though you face setbacks.
Elijah triumphed on Mount Carmel, but ran when threatened by evil Jezebel. We, too, will face setbacks when we follow God. But do not despair. God will not forget His promises to uphold you in your hour of need. And you will learn to trust Him more each day.

3. Live your life before God.
When Paul charged young Timothy to preach the Word, he did so “in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). We always know when others have walked into the room, but we forget that we live in the presence of God.

True character comes from God working in our hearts, and we display that character in private and public. It doesn’t make a difference whether we’re singing in church or hiking in Death Valley. We know we live in the presence of God.

Ask God to form Christ’s character in you (Galatians 4:19). Ask Him to strengthen your character qualities, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, compassion, and humility (Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:12).

When we walk in God’s presence and live our lives before Him, we need not fear loneliness. We know that God does His best work in us when He has our full attention.

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