The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.- Isaiah 26:3 NASB
I still do struggle with trusting God periodically, especially during trying times. The word, “Trust”, seems too abstract to me on how to really apply it effectually. Proverbs 3:5-6 taught that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways submit to Him, and he will make our paths straight. The question is how to really trust God with ALL our heart? As emotional beings, our heart can be deceitful for we can easily swayed by capriciousness of being human; even if we get our feelings under control, our mind can still wander. Hence it has been my million-dollar question on how to really trust God under stress?
Until I found the answer in Isaiah 26:3, God will keep me in perfect peace if my mind is stayed on Him, because I trust in Him. I sum up TRUST as:
Reliance (on God)
Human strength fails because we have limited capacity, there is only so much we can do, but with the Holy Spirit living in us, we can be empowered and to persevere under testings.
Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
That is why we need to rely on God totally, only then can we pull through trials, trusting God to do what we can’t. And in any relationship, trust takes time to build, likewise with God. We can build a stronger trust in a never-failing God by:
(a) Recalling what He has done before and claiming what He can do for you now
(b) Recounting your blessings and be thankful
(c) Reminding yourself of His Love and how faithful He has been
(d) Remembering that God is Sovereign over everything on earth and is still in control
(e) Rejecting negative thoughts for what we worry about usually do not happen
(f) Resisting temptation of the flesh to manipulate things your way
(g) Refocusing on the goodness of God
(h) Relying fully on the Word of God and its living power
(I) Resting in quiet confidence that God will bring it to pass
These building blocks not only strengthen your trust in God, you will also find perfect peace in Him when you keep your mind steadfast to Him in trust.