Entrusting/Trusting God in All Things
Peter 2:23 (NIV)
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
What does it mean to trust God?
To trust God means that we believe in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be contrary.
How does trusting God bring confidence? Trusting God brings confidence in the Christian life because it allows us to see God’s true character. It also causes us to realize the greatness of his love for us. Very often, God fails to do things for us because we do not permit him to do so. We want to plan for ourselves. We want things to be done in the way that seems best to our limited wisdom.
Furthermore, trusting in God means total obedience. It means working and walking with God to produce godly results. As Christians, we cannot sit down and fold our hands and expect things to work themselves out. Rather, we need to pray unceasingly. We must be obedient workers, because our attempts to trust him who is able to accomplish all things according to his will and plan for our lives will amount to nothing if we are not willing to obey.
There is a different between trusting God and entrusting in God. Entrust implies committing with trust and confidence. In the verse mentioned above, the Apostle Peter tells us that when Jesus experienced suffering, He entrusted Himself to God. Entrusting in God is something we do because we believe. Entrusting is more than just believing; entrust is an active trust, not passive. It requires a change in one’s behavior not in one’s thinking. So for us Christians, “entrust” in God must follow our “trust” in God; to put simply, trust in God is the first step, and entrust in God in the next step in our faith.
For Christians, trusting in God means believing in him, having confidence in him, and obeying him. When you entrust yourself to God, you will submit, surrender, and yield yourself to him so that what you believe God can and will do will happen. To trust God in all things is to live actively a victorious life and a life of discipleship.