by Frank King
The Bible is filled with wonderful promises from God. And I believe everybody in his right mind wants to see God's promises fulfilled in his or her life. But let's be honest-- learning to trust God is not the easiest thing in the world to do.
For instance, in chapter 5 of the Book of Luke, the Bible talks about a time when Peter and other fishermen had fished all night and caught nothing. After the disappointing night, they proceeded to wash their nets. Then Jesus comes along and tells Peter to go out into the deep of the waters and let down his net for a catch (verse 4).
Say what! "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net," Peter replied (verse 5).
Peter's response is significant because he was a fisherman. He knew how to fish. You see, if I had said the same words to the Lord they would mean nothing because I don't know how to fish. I have never caught a fish in my life. But Peter said he and his fishing buddies had fished the waters all night long and had caught nothing.
A real challenge here is that the Lord was advising Peter in an area in which Peter was very knowledgeable. That can be a tough one for us because we may think we know it all. But as for Peter, though the circumstances suggested that what the Lord was asking him to do would avail nothing, Peter obeyed the Lord and let down his net.
And the Bible says when Peter and the others let down their nets, the catch was so big that their nets broke (verse 6)! The point here is that when we make it a habit to trust God, He blesses us for that. So from this biblical account, let me quickly share three things that are necessary, if we are to learn how to trust in God:
First, we must invite Christ into our lives to be our personal Savior. When we accept Him as our Savior, He helps us to successfully live the Christian life. Without Him, success in this area is not possible.
We must spend time with the Lord daily. The more time we spend with a person, the better we get to know him or her, and the stronger the bond of trust becomes. Our relationship with the Lord works the same way.
We must put the Word of God into action. The Lord spoke with Peter in person, but to us, primarily, the Bible is how God speaks to us. And the only way we can learn to trust in God is to obey what He says so we can experience His faithfulness.
Oh, one more thing: No one in the Bible has ever gone wrong by trusting in the Lord.
Copyright 2011 by Frank King. All rights reserved.
Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching. Website: http://www.efrankking.com