1. Don’t count on yourself
We live in a world where we must trust God, but it seems to be low on everyone’s list. But Solomon, the king who wrote Proverbs, knew that trust is exactly where we must start. You must build up your trust in God.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)
Most of us have faced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. But living the life God has called us to, means unlearning that lesson. Instead, we are meant to rest in God’s understanding.
We know that He possesses all wisdom.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his path!” Romans 11:33
Trusting Him completely can be tough. So, each day we must consciously lay aside our own agenda and expectations, and surrender to His will.
What if we feel like we cannot trust Him in that way? See step 2.
2. A cry to God
Surrendering to God begins with our lips and our thoughts. We need more than a commitment to depend on Him; we need to cry out to Him with total sincerity.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
When we pray, we admit that His will is greater than ours. We show that we’re leaving our troubles, burdens and dreams in His capable hands. In fact, the Bible promises that when we reach out to Him in prayer, He hears us.
“Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. ” (Psalm 55:17)
We handed the keys of our lives to Him, and we know that He’s able to lead us.
3. Shun Evil
So much in this world can clutter our relationship with God. John, the writer of the fourth gospel, describes them as the desires of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride in our heart (1 John 2:16). In other words, our blessings can easily become our stumbling blocks when we think of them as what we deserve or what we need to be happy.
Life works best when we remember the true source of our blessings, God; and focus on the things that please Him.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun the very appearance of evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)
Often times, the only way we can live the life God wants us to live is by separating ourselves from the bad influences that drag us down. That works the best when we start pursuing something else in their place.
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
Fleeing from your evil desires that pull at us means spending a lot of time crying out to God and leaning on Him. Our Creator promises to honor our commitment to Him when we shun the very appearance of evil.
“This will bring health to your body and strength to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:8)
When we pursue Him, we find life, more abundantly. Turning from evil doing and focusing on God doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Instead, it means a serious change is necessary.
4. God First in Your Life
It’s easiest to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone to blame. In other words, we often have a “me-centric” starting place.
And when it comes to money, the struggle is even harder. But Solomon, who had quite a bit of wealth himself, knew that his money didn’t belong to him.
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your goods; then your barns will overflow, and your vats will be filled with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9–10)
If we can trust God with the first of our wealth, we’re truly showing how much we depend on Him. Handing over the first part of our paycheck takes a huge amount of faith, after all. But doing so means being God-centric.
5. Check Yourself
Let’s be honest. We aren’t so good at judging ourselves. We will go to great lengths to make excuses for our behavior, and our sins. Who needs a defense attorney when we can pretty much find a reason for any bad thing we do? The prophet Jeremiah captures this very well.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
If we’re ever going to truly trust in God and get rid of evil from our lives, we have to know exactly where we stand. We have to find an objective measure that tells us the truth. And that truth comes from our God and the scriptures.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll always like what we see and how we see it.
“My son, do not despise the God’s discipline and do not despise God’s rebuke” (Proverbs 3:11)
Sometimes it takes something bad to happen or seeing ourselves in a horrible situation before we finally admit that a change needs to happen. And the more we study our Bible, the more likely this is to happen.
“Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
When we have Scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us.
6. Listen to the Spirit
When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the church, Jesus told His disciples that this Counselor would be their spiritual guide.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
As we go through our day, the Holy Spirit guides us. This means we don’t have to go it alone or hope we’re getting it right. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and protects us.
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Spirit that lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14)
7. God’s Peace
When we face a difficult world every day, we sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him? Solomon tells us that God never takes a break or leaves us to care for ourselves:
“The LORD chasten those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:12)
In the midst of trouble, God is with us and uses those issues in our life to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective is completely different. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; but we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.
That’s exactly why we can believe in the Lord with all our hearts. God cares for us. He gives us what we need. He pours blessing after blessing upon us.
Following each of these steps is not easy. That’s why Jesus said we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Trusting God takes a wholehearted commitment continuously. But we are never alone.
Encourage Yourself: “Surely I am with you always, even to the end of the time.” Matthew 28:20 Remember to Trust God!