Did you know that TRUSTING IN GOD in all circumstances is the third most emphasized character trait in the New Testament, behind the qualities of love and humility? This certainly implies that we all struggle with loving, being humble, and wanting to be in control of situations so that we have no need to trust anyone or anything.
Some opposites of trust are worry, fear, anxiety, frustration, and even panic over not being able to fix, change, or control whatever is weighing on our minds. I love reading Scripture with the question in mind: “What does God tell me to PUT OFF, so that in its place I can PUT ON trust?” It’s the way of thinking around my home these days.
Here’s what I found.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
PUT OFF: my own reasoning and trusting in myself
PUT ON: trusting in the Lord
Jeremiah 32:27 “…I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
PUT OFF: doubting
PUT ON: confidence in God
Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
PUT OFF: dwelling in my own fears, being along, being consumed with my situation
PUT ON: dwelling in His Word, His truths, His character, communing with Him all day long, digging in deep and seeing the truth of Him being our shelter.
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
PUT OFF: fear, being overwhelmed, worry
PUT ON: confidence in knowing God is with me and He will personally strengthen , help, and uphold me.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
PUT OFF: being terrified, discouragement, feeling alone
PUT ON: strength and courage, directly available through Holy Spirit, knowing God is with me at all times, and will equip me for whatever the situation needs
Matthew 6:25,33 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things….But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
PUT OFF: worry about life and needs being met
PUT ON: trust in God for my provisions and seek Him for my priorities so that my responses line up with Scripture
Join me tomorrow as we continue talking about putting off worry and putting on trust. I will be sharing a time of personal crisis when the Lord revealed His sovereignty and peace.
Do you have a testimony of putting off worry and putting on trust you would like to share?