Trusting the LORD is an action — an action of faith.
The Bible exhorts us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7).
When I am trusting the LORD, I am ‘Walking By Faith’. Yet at times, trusting and walking by faith are mysteries to me.
It should be no marvel that we would struggle with understanding the ways of the LORD, whose name is Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Yahuwah Elohim is our Maker, the Creator of ALL things, and many things He does are “great and too marvelous for people to understand; His wonders are without number!” (Job 9:10).
Furthermore, the ways of our Maker are mysteries to the ‘natural’ man. The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit of Yahuwah (1Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, trusting in Yahuwah [the LORD] is a spiritual action that is totally mysterious to our ‘natural’ way of thinking.
One great attribute of Yahuwah is His generosity! Anyone who desires to know Him can know Him, just by asking! Yahuwah is not stingy in any way! He encourages us:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all men liberally [bountifully], and upbraids not [reproaches not]; and it shall be given him! (James 1:5).
Walk By Faith, Not By Sight
This simple, yet profound, action of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is an action of faith — an action of living our lives based on His written Word.
Trusting Yahuwah means we will seek to learn to avoid letting our senses (our feelings or intellect) determine our actions. It means we will try to avoid descending into the pride of ‘leaning on our own understanding’. Trusting in our ‘own understanding’ means we consistently decide to pursue our own will, rather than conform to God’s written Word!
But trusting Yahuwah means we will keep our heart focused on the unseen, eternal realm of God’s kingdom, and seek to live our life according to the principles and standards of God’s Word (2Corinthians 4:17-18).
Walking by faith begins with a solid commitment to learn to live according to God’s Word. That means we will want to learn to trust Father’s Word completely, and trust His great love for us. Walking by faith means that we choose to believe God will enable us by His grace to obey His will, so that He can lead us “in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).
Walking by faith means our actions will begin to be in agreement with Yahuwah’s written Word – the Bible! This means we can immediately dismiss any thought that would encourage us to violate God’s Word! Anything we discern to be the voice of God, will always be in agreement with the Scriptures!
If we desire to live a life that is pleasing to Yahuwah, then we will learn to ‘Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight’. We will begin to obey His written Word, and resolve to follow the guidance that is according to His Word. Our heart will delight in walking by faith because we know it is the only way to please Father: Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6a).
As a child of Yahuwah Elohim, there will definitely be times when we need to determine to trust in the great goodness of Yahuwah and His loving care for us, and firmly believe in the Trust-Worthiness of His Word:
Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those that fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You, in the sight of the sons of men! (Psalms 31:19).
So let’s look at some tips for helping us learn to walk by faith and to begin to trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all our heart.
Here are four tips that have helped me:
Tip #1: Know His Name
Remember, trusting Yahuwah is a mystery to the ‘natural’ man. But as we become more spiritually-minded, we begin to understand that walking by faith is simply trusting the written Words of Yahuwah [the Bible], and behaving according to those Words (Romans 8:6).
Those who believe in Yahuwah [the LORD] and in His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], begin to understand that trusting Him starts out with knowing the meaning of His Name (Psalm 9:10).
When we begin to learn about Yahuwah, and learn what His Name means, then we begin to know His character! This is essential! It is His eternal character that makes our heart want to trust Him. Notice what He said:
And Yahuwah [the LORD] descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the NAME of Yahuwah [the LORD]. And Yahuwah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahuwah, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:5-7)
As this Scripture passage teaches us, Yahuwah is as He has described Himself:
God’s character remains constant and everlasting! And just as we easily trust those whose character is honest and good and reliable, in the same way, we can trust Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], our Maker, with all our heart!
As His Name reveals, Yahuwah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, the merciful and compassionate God, is completely Trust-Worthy!
Your Lovingkindness Is Excellent!
How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness (abundance) of Your house; and You shall make them drink of the river of Your pleasures. (Psalms 36:7-8)
As the above passage shows us, Yahuwah’s children want to trust Him, because they know that His lovingkindness is excellent and enduring!
When we begin to know Father, learning about His character [His goodness and kindness], and what He is really like, then trusting Yahuwah becomes easy.
Yahuwah is good and faithful and full of compassion! He wants what is truly good for us. His heart’s desire is for our well-being!
Tip #2: Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways
The following Scripture is a gold mine for us, as we become more spiritually-minded:
Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
These verses give us clear instructions on how to trust Yahuwah with all our heart!
One vital way to trust Him, is by simply acknowledging Him in all our ways!
When we acknowledge Yahuwah in all our ways, thanking Him, and proclaiming with our words that we want His guidance and direction in all our ways, then He promises to [He wants to] direct our path.
The above passage from Proverbs teaches us a major way of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is to obey this simple direction of acknowledging Him in all our ways.
We acknowledge Him by thanking Him for His abundant mercies. We acknowledge Him by committing our way to Him each day. This is a total relief and release for us! We can stop trying to figure out what to do to make things turn out well and good.
In order to trust Yahuwah all we have to do is obey His Words; and more specifically, obey these simple directions to acknowledge Him in all our ways!
I began doing this simple action of acknowledging Yahuwah in all my ways when I first became a Believer.
Now, everyday I say something like this to Yahuwah, my heavenly Father:
To acknowledge Yahuwah, asking Him in prayer for His help and guidance, is one clear and definite action of trusting the LORD.
When I acknowledge Him everyday, and even throughout the day, by asking His help in all I do, then I can rest [and trust] in His initiative, in His intervention, and in His enabling grace, to guide me.
When I do this simple action, I am trusting Him with all my heart! And, I’ve learned that Father is interested in ALL I do, so I talk to Him about the smallest of details!
As a result, I have noticed that my inner-most being is refreshed, energized, and confident of Yahuwah’s lovingkindness to lead me “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).
Tip #3: God’s Word is Talking to You
We may study and know in our minds what God’s Word says, but to truly trust Yahuwah we must read/study the Scriptures, and then act upon what God’s Word says.
As we are studying the Word, our time of reading the Word offers the Holy Spirit opportunities to speak to us. By reading/studying the Bible, we become more open to hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, and knowing His guidance.
The more we read and study Yahuwah’s Word, the more we are taking in His truth into our minds and heart. Taking in and then acting on the truth of Yahuwah’s Word enables us to trust His guidance.
You see, Father God is really speaking to us and guiding us all the time, through His written Word! His Word is truth (John 17:17), and His Word is His primary way to guide us.
If you wish you could trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart, all you need to do is begin to read the Scriptures for yourself, and then do what it says!
Notice what Charles Spurgeon said on this subject:
As Charles Spurgeon said, studying/reading the Scriptures is a way of hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. This has happened to me many times. Studying/reading the Scriptures increases our personal understanding of Father’s Ways, which will always be a means of building up our faith and our obedience to Father.
Tip #4: Constant Practice of Walking By Faith
The heavenly Father has given to every one of His children the ‘measure of faith’ that fits our abilities:
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
When we exercise the measure of faith that Yahuwah has given us, then our faith is strengthened. But I believe God wants us to grow up to maturity, and seek to increase the measure of faith He has given us. To do that we must practice walking by faith.
Learning to ‘walk by faith’ is a risky endeavour. Yet that is the nature of walking by faith! It is risky because we are not sure. We continue to ask ourselves, “Am I hearing the Holy Spirit’s direction for me, or am I just listening to my own thoughts and desires?” Sometimes we will not know until after we have made a decision!
When we call upon Yahuwah for His guidance, His protection, His wisdom, then BY Faith we trust His Word and His character that He will answer, no matter how silent the answer may seem to be. Many times, it is only with hindsight that we begin to know and understand that Father did guide us by the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice, and He did answer our prayers!
At the time of our prayers, we may have thought that all we heard in answer was silence. But with our constant practice of walking by faith, trusting the Holy Spirit to give us the direction we need, we begin to mature, and can confidently discern God’s guidance.
Then little by little, we begin to discern the ‘meatier’ things of God’s Word and ways, as He tells us in Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
The important thing to remember is that Father’s guidance for us will not contradict or violate His written Word! The Holy Spirit’s still, small voice will give us a convicting direction that will always be in harmony with the written Word of God!
All of us would like to be at the same maturity level as Moses, to whom God talked to ‘face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend’ (Exodus 33:11a). But remember, Moses was 80 years old before he was ready to begin his ministry!
Conclusion – 4 Greats Along With The 4 Tips
Trusting Yahuwah with all our heart takes 4 Greats:
- Great Patience
- Great Determination
- Great Devotion
- Great Sacrifice
Trusting Yahuwah is a process that requires cultivating our patience, our determination, our devotion, and our willingness to sacrifice our own will for His will.
But this process takes time. It does not happen overnight. It takes time to mature and gain the discernment needed to recognize God’s direction. But if our patience, determination, devotion, and willingness to sacrifice is great, then little by little, we will be able to TRUST Father’s great love for us, just as He has told us in His Word.
That is why it is so important that we read/study Yahuwah’s Word, the Bible — that we saturate ourselves in His Word, so that we can know what He has said, so that we can know that He will answer our prayers, just as He has promised. Our faith is strengthened when we know the Scriptures, and thus our trust in our heavenly Father grows stronger, because we learn that He means what He says!
So let’s remember these 4 tips:
- Know His Name
- Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways
- God’s Word is Talking to You
- Constant Practice of Walking By Faith
By God’s mercy and grace, these tips will help us to become more spiritually-minded, and help us to trust the LORD with all our heart!
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