There is a significant difference between ‘trusting in God’ and ‘relying on God’. To trust in God means to have a solid conviction in God, in His ability and Integrity.
To trust in God means to have a solid conviction in God based on an understanding of His track record that He is a well-proved help in time of need.
It is very important as Christians that we not only believe in God, our belief in God must be with a strong/solid conviction. God can be trusted.
Trusting someone/something depends on two indices:
Trust cannot be established when the personality to be trusted cannot profer a solution to the area of need. For trust to be established, the ability of that person must have been vetted; does He/She have a track record of being able to do that which we want Him to do?
For example: If a man promises you a house, what gives you the confidence that you can trust in Him is if You know He has the money to buy one or build one at least. You first have to weigh His ability with that which He has said then it gives you some level of confidence that you can trust in Him to do that Which he has said or promised based on His ability.
Eph.3.20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Are you in a seemingly hopeless situation? God can
Are you in a critical situation where you know that only divine intervention can rescue you? God can be trusted.
Are you in need of healing? God can be trusted.
When it seems all hope is lost, God can still be trusted.
Ps.46.1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The second indices that determine if someone can be trusted are His/Her Integrity.
Integrity talks about honesty, probity, the quality or condition of being complete; pure. He/She must have a track record of being honest enough. Integrity also talks about uprightness – The state of being moral, honorable, and honest.
Someone can have the ability to profer solution to a problem but He might not have a good track record of honesty, and this will cause you to doubt, He/She has the ability but doesn’t have integrity enough to validate His/Her Promise.
God is a well-proved help in time of need. He has never failed those who genuinely trust in Him. Your situation is too small a reason for Him to start failing now.
All through scriptures, we can read about the victories of people who placed their trust in God. The only reason why Israel will lose any battle even though they were identified as God’s people, is because of their disobedience and rebellion against Him. Never has it been written that God assured Israel of victory, they obeyed and served God but still lost the battle.
They were most feared by other nations till today because of their many victories. Nobody in their right mind will want to go to battle with Israel then because of the ability and integrity of their God. But defeat is always inevitable when they refuse to obey God and work in keeping with His instructions.
God can be trusted
All through scriptures, we can also read accounts of when God stood for those who trust in Him in a very mysterious way, one of which is the story of the Israelites when they were standing in front of the red sea with no other way to escape from their enemies. Just by the breath of God’s nostril (Exodus 15:8), the sea parted, they went into the midst of the red sea, and their enemies were subdued. The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and the story of Daniel in the lion’s den also teach us How God rose to help those who trust and rely on Him.
Num.23.19 – God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall he not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall he not make it good?
You can rely on God.
To rely on God means to depend on God. It means to have such concrete confidence in God that you are not considering other options as a plan B. It is possible to trust someone and not rely on that person. A man can be trusted when he has the ability and integrity to rise to help someone in a time of need, but the person who trusts in that person can begin to consider other options when he sees someone else with much better ability and integrity. Imagine if a rich man promises you a house and another man who is more wealthy than the first person promises you a house also and although both of them have a track record of being honest enough to validate their promises, you will still find yourself trusting the second rich man who is wealthier than the first.
You can bank on God. You can rely on God.
1. God is not just able, He is more than able (see Ephesians 3:20). Any and every man or spirit no matter their abilities, cannot be compared with the might of God. God is more than able to do that which we ask or think, that’s why He is God. Our situations whatsoever can’t and don’t scare Him.
2. God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent (Num. 23:19). In any and every man is the tendency to lie. No man can boast that He/She has never lied before. Someone can promise you that he will rise for you in time of need, a situation may arise in that man’s life that will no longer allow for that man to be able to fulfill that which he has promised you. We must have this in our consciousness that every man will only be able to meet your need when has enough to cater first to His own need. He may not have a track record of being dishonest, but situations may arise and you will be disappointed.
God is not a man that He should lie to. He cannot lie. All through scripture, it has never been accounted that God lied.
Isa.55.10 – For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Isa.55.11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Nothing can cause God to lie, He is the almighty God, the sovereign controller. If He promised you something, it may not look like it now that He will bring it to pass, be rest assured if He has said it, He will do it.
Your situation might be like that of Abraham when He was over a hundred years and God had already promised Him a Son. The situation seems hopeless, but God came through for them even though they were already very old.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t just trust in God that He can save them, they relied on God not looking for another alternative for their deliverance, and God came through for them. God wants us to rely on Him.
Are you a student, you claim to trust in God, and yet after preparing for an examination you go to the exam hall still looking for means to copy answers. It’s because we don’t believe in, trust in, or rely on God.
When God told Elijah that he should hide by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to sustain Him with food. It sounds illogical to the human mind, but as Elijah obeyed, the ravens came and sustained Him with food – bread and meat (1 Kings 17:6).
God is a shield for those who trust in Him. We can and should depend on God.
“It is those who trust God amid trials that are eligible to triumph.” – Bishop David Oyedepo.
Ps.121.1 – I will lift my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Ps.121.2 – My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Ps.20.7 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Rely on God.
Stand in this faith.
Are you yet to accept Jesus Christ into your life? Say this short prayer; Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, please I ask that you forgive my sins, I surrender my life to you, save me, heal me, deliver me and use me for Your glory and cause all things to work together for my good. I am free from the bondage of fear! Amen.
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