GET ACQUAINTED: Who do you trust more than anyone? Why?
SCRIPTURE: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 and selected)
GET IT: What do you think David meant when he said, “… I shall not want?” What does trust have to do with it?
OBSERVATION: On Sunday we were reminded that David didn’t place his trust in someone who is a stranger to him. He placed it in someone who had proven Himself trustworthy. That’s why he could say, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Of course, he was speaking about the Shepherd who represents Christ our Savior. Point being, we can’t trust someone we don’t know, and that’s the secret of learning to trust God. When someone says, “Trust me,” we have one of two reactions. Either we can say, “Yes, I’ll trust you,” or we can say, “Why should I?” Trusting God naturally happens when we have a personal and meaningful relationship with Him. That’s what Psalm 23 is all about.
The main reason we should trust God is that He is worthy of our trust. Unlike men, He never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 ; Psalm 89:34 ). Unlike men, He has the power to bring to pass what He has planned and purposed to do. Isaiah 14:24 tells us, “The LORD (Jehovah) Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’” Furthermore, His plans are perfect, holy, and righteous, and “He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His holy purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ). If we endeavor to know God through His Word, we will see that He is worthy of our trust, and our trust in Him will grow daily. To know Him is to trust Him.
We can learn to trust God as we see how He has proven Himself to be trustworthy in our lives and the lives of others. In 1 Kings 8:56 we read, “Praise be to the LORD, (Jehovah) who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.” The record of God’s promises is there in His Word for all to see, as is the record of their fulfillment. Historical documents verify those events and speak of God’s faithfulness to His people. Every Christian can give personal testimony to God’s trustworthiness as we see His work in our lives, fulfilling His promises to save our souls and use us for His purposes. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ) and comfort us with the peace that passes all understanding as we run the race He has planned out for us. (Philippians 4:6-7 ; Hebrews 12:1 ). The more we experience His grace, faithfulness, and goodness, the more we trust Him. (Psalm 100:5 ; Isaiah 25:1 ).
A third reason to trust God is that we really have no sensible alternative. Should we trust in ourselves or in others who are sinful, unpredictable, unreliable, have limited wisdom, and who frequently make bad choices and decisions swayed by emotion? Or do we trust in the all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful, gracious, merciful, loving God who has good intentions for us? The choice should be obvious, but we fail to trust God because we don’t know Him. As already stated, we cannot hope to trust in someone who is, essentially a stranger to us. But that is easily remedied. God has not made Himself difficult to find or to know. All we need to know about God, He has graciously made available to us in the Bible, His Holy Word to His people. To know God is to trust Him.
Adapted from gotquestions.org
GET IT: What stresses you out these days? Is it easy or difficult for you to trust God with it? If it’s easy, why? If it’s difficult, why? What promise(s) in the Bible in relation to trusting God with your stress brings you comfort?
DIG DEEPER: What are the “real needs” that we all have? Americans often confuse “real needs” with “greed.” What are some examples we see of this? What “real need” do you currently have?
APPLY/PRAYER: How can we pray for you about this need? What else can we do to help?