Trusting God Is A Big Risk
The biggest risk. But the BEST RISK.
It’s not surprising that people do believe in God yet many don’t trust Him. Who is God that we trust everything anyway? More than 2,000 years ago, people chose to trust in these things:
All of these brought people to mundane iniquity (Isaiah 59:4) and fruit of lies (Hosea 10:13). But did you know that there’s someone, who lived before Christ came, risked in trusting God?
Have you met Hezekiah? I mean, meeting him in your Bible. His life was not ordinary just like yours and mine today. He was a King (and you know it’s not an easy profession) at 25 years old, young and pressured. As he faced battles, TRUST was truly a learning process. But what did it took Hezekiah to fully trust GOD? The Bible says, he learned through the following guidelines (which we can learn too):
1. Learning to trust His work (2 Kings 18:3)
”He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.”
- David was an example of how God works. What kind of work did God performed to David and what kind of trust did he gave to God’s work? – 2 Samuel 22:3
”my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.”
- Hezekiah faced violence as a King like David, and so are we today. We face the violence of our enemy each day and he is Satan.
- God’s proven work to David made Hezekiah to do the right things (2 Kings 18:4). David even said it in Psalm 56:3-4
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
2. Learning to trust His word (2 Kings 18:6)
”For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.”
- Clave means to stay and to stick strongly against odds
- Hezekiah trusted God’s word and obeyed. Obedience in God’s word requires two responses from us: first is listening correctly and secondly, doing it correctly (Psalm 119: 41 to 48).
“for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”
- When we trust His word, He will not forsake us (Psalm 9:10)
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
3. Learning to trust His will (2 Kings 18:7)
“And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth…”
- The Lord was with Hezekiah and he prospered because he trusted in God’s will.
- Even if King Hezekiah had the opportunity to fight back when Rabshakeh tried to confuse the people and said painful words to him and to God (read more in 2 Kings 18:19-22) , he and his people remained silent (read more in 2 Kings 18:36).
- How did he trusted God’s will? He sought the man of God, the prophet Isaiah (2 Kings 19:6) and he prayed to God as a sign of committing and relying everything in His will (2 Kings 19:15-19).
“And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.”
- He trusted that God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31), not in his own way, just same as Paul didn’t trust in his capabilities (2 Cor.1:9 to 10).
”As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he
is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
It may sound boring to you but the truth is, we will not grow if we don’t stretch. The same way applies in our Christian life. We should learn to stretch and increase our trust in God like King Hezekiah did. God’s favor comes when we trust Him wholly, without reservations and doubts. His rescue arrives when we stop doing our own ways. His blessings overflow when we put our FULL confidence in Him.
Believe His works, His word, and His will. We are in the best hands with God.
P.S. I’m glad to have met Hezekiah. Hope you are, too.
- God Can Be Trusted (christianlifehacker.wordpress.com)
- What About the Goodness of God (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)
- In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Psalm 56:4 (freelancingallday.wordpress.com)