(Part 3) March 22, 2020 Sunday Sermon:
What It Means To Trust God
By Pastor Robbie Casas
3. To trust God is to remove our trust in ourselves.
This is probably one of the hardest things to do because no matter how low a person thinks of himself he will always find himself trusting in his own abilities and way of understanding things to one degree or another. Truth of the matter is, man really thinks much of himself. That is why God gives us verses like Prov 3:5, 7a, “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding… 7 Be not wise in your own eyes….” This is also the reason why many times we are brought down by our circumstances –
we are often not willing to go beyond our “own understanding”; we trust more in what we see with our physical eyes than with the eyes of faith.
It is this innate tendency to trust much in ourselves regardless of our personal perceptions of ourselves that makes us foolish and stubborn at times, not willing to hear or heed counsel or rebuke. But let us be warned by Scripture verse like Prov 12:1 (“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”) and Prov 26:12 (“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”).
4. To trust God is to remove our reliance on men or any other possible source of help.
Look at David’s boast, his object of reliance in Ps 20:7: “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.” To boast in something is to trust in that thing. This is why Paul exclaimed in Gal 6:14, “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” No wonder he exhorts us 1Cor 1:31 “… ‘LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.’”
This is not to mean that we are to look at men or the resources that God gives to us with paranoid suspicion. Nor does it mean that we are not to have any reliance on others. God created man as a social being who needs others and who is needed by others. This is also one of the purposes of being part of a local church family. This is what makes the “one another” passages make sense.
All I am saying is that our ultimate reliance and trust must be in God and God alone. Think of it this way: if we are able to trust Him for the greatest need we will ever have – the need to be saved from our sins and from both the temporal and eternal consequences of sin, can we not trust Him for all things less? (Cf. Rom 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”)
5. To trust God is to trust in His Word and His promises.
God’s Word is the expression of who He is and the revelation of what He wills. So to be able to trust Him, we need to know Him as He has revealed Himself in His Word and be familiar with His promises and His purposes.
This means that we are to constantly expose ourselves to the Scriptures, be diligent in committing to our hearts His word, and willingly live out His truths. Ps 119:160 tells us, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (NKJV). Jesus, in His high priestly prayer in Jn 17:17 prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
So, if God’s Word is truth, then what He says is trustworthy – worthy to stand on and believe in. Recall Num 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Paul reminds us of the certainty and trustworthiness of God’s promises because of Christ in 2Cor 1:20: “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
THEREFORE TO TRUST IN GOD WE MUST DELIBERATELY CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS IN HIS WORD REGARDLESS OF THE IMPOSSIBILITY OR DIFFICULTY OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.