How to Trust God
1. Luke asked on Sunday, “How would you feel if God asked you personally to be His priest?” Imagine that scenario. How would it make you feel?
2. It can be hard to trust God. It’s not just an issue for young, immature Christians, either. Everyone at some point struggles to trust God. Can you think of times you’ve found it hard to trust God—either His plans, His power, or His love for you?
Let’s spend some time remembering all the reasons we can trust God. Read the following 4 reasons and circle the ones that resonate most with you.
1. God knows you better than you know yourself.
Psalm 139:1-6 (English Standard Version)
1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
2. God’s wisdom is greater than your own.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
3. God’s love is greater than your worst sin.
Romans 5:6-8 (New Century Version)
6 When we were unable to help ourselves, at the right time, Christ died for us, although we were living against God. 7 Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die. 8 But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
4. God’s power is greater than you can possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (New Century Version)
20 With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. 21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.
If you could have a talk with God, which of these 4 reasons would you most like to hear Him say?
1) “I know you inside and out,”
2) “I know all things and have all wisdom,”
3) “I know you at your worst and I love you anyways,” or
4) “I can do so much more in you and through you than you can even imagine.”
God’s greatness (i.e. His wisdom, power, etc.) can almost be off-putting. It can create fear and reverence, and at the same time create distance. How could we ever draw near to One so great?! But it’s His love, revealed in Jesus Christ, that draws us close. In Jesus, we see Him vulnerable, weakened, human. How can the love of Jesus help you to draw near to God today?
BRINGING IT HOME
What is something you can take from today’s study that will encourage you or call you higher?
Luke reminded us on Sunday that we are a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9). That means it’s in our spiritual DNA to help others draw near to God. It’s our purpose. Who are you praying for and reaching out to this week?