Many are those who use their faith and take possession of great things including salvation but yet they don’t hold on to trust, especially when going through trials and tribulations. The Bible teaches us in Hebrews 10:35 not to cast away our confidence. It’s a command God is giving us because He knows that many people do it.
Now more than ever as things are going in the opposite direction of what we want, what must we do? Trust God! Especially in these current times that we are experiencing loss, people dying unexpectedly, some who were good, young, etc. We must trust even in these situations. If we lack trust, we won’t see the work that God wants to do in and through our lives and we won’t finish our race.
When we trust in God, we have the confidence to go through situations both good and bad. We must also have faith to take possession of great things but we must also have faith to lose. This is what trust is all about and trusting God is a decision we must choose to make daily.
Remember, God is a strategist. He may make moves that we don’t understand but yet we must trust Him. He allowed Joseph to be a slave and become a prisoner even though he was without sin but yet God used Joseph to save the nation (see Genesis 37-50). He also allowed Daniel to be thrown into the lions den but because of his trust in God, Daniel overcame (see Daniel 6).
The truth is that tribulations occur to teach us how to trust in Him more. However, we also have to learn from the nation of Israel. They didn’t trust in God when they needed to and as a result, they failed to attain His promises (see Exodus 14:31). God led them through the path of the wilderness for a reason, He chose that. He chooses everything because He knows everything! He doesn’t deliver us from problems for us to die in the desert.
“God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” (Exodus 13:17).
God knew what would happen if he let them take the easy route. For this reason, we must stop with the “whys”, because God sees the future and we don’t. He always sees beyond and that’s why we must be careful with our murmurings. God will not force us to do anything but we must be mindful of the fact that there are consequences when we choose to disobey Him.
We cannot behave like the people of Israel. God always showed them signs that He was with them, provided the manna for them, etc. but yet they didn’t enter the promise land; only Joshua and Caleb (see Numbers 14:30). Why? Because they had a different spirit. We choose whether we will complain, murmur, doubt, etc. The choice is always ours.
Unfortunately, the greatest sin many in the church are committing is the sin of unbelief. Unbelief is related to lack of trust because we show that we don’t trust in God’s plan, His ways, etc. even though it is written that His ways are far higher than ours (see Isaiah 55:8-9).
In order to remain in the faith until the end no matter the circumstance we must trust God. He always knows what is better and best for us.