I recently heard this question posed. It got me thinking, what would I fill in that blank. As I reflected back upon my life, I realized at different times, I would have given different answers. Are you like me, and have various reasons for not trusting God fully? Or, have you always struggled with the same one? In talking and counseling people, and analyzing my own behavior, I have come up with this list of common blank fillers. It is by no means exhaustive.
PRIDEFUL- We falsely believe we can do an excellent job ourselves and have no need to involve God. We value our skills and abilities too highly and God not highly enough. However, 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore, humble yourselves (demote, lower yourself in your own estimation) under the mighty hand of God, that in due time, He may exalt you”. Proverbs 16:18 continues to admonish us that, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”.
DAMAGED- We falsely believe that because of our past choices, sins, and trials; we are not worthy of God’s time and effort. We feel we are beyond the grace of God. The truth is, we are all damaged and broken by sin. It is by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus, that any of us are able to enjoy forgiveness of our sins and relationship with God. Romans 5:8 lovingly reminds us that, ” God shows His great love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Psalms 34:18 further explains, “The Lord is close to the broke hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.
BUSY- We falsely believe that we do not have time to come to God, or wait for His response. We fail to realize, how little the things of this world matter in the scope of eternity. We over value what we do, and under value who we know. Matthew 11:28 gently invites us to, “Come Unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden (are burdened), and I will give you rest (a deep spiritual peace)”. Psalm 62:5 points us to our hope in every situation of this life, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him”.
FEARFUL – We falsely allow fear to keep us from letting go and giving God control. The what ifs of life take our focus off of what is assured. We allow circumstances to appear bigger than God. Isaiah 41:13 alleviates our fear with these words, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you”. Matthew 6:26 paints a beautiful picture of God’s care for us, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
SELF-SUFFICIENT- We falsely believe we have no need for anybody but ourselves. I believe this appears in two ways. Sometimes, we see our problems as too small to involve God. Other times our problems seem large, but we choose to rely on ourselves, and “pull ourselves up by the bootstraps” and keep going. Yet, 2 Corinthians 3:5 clearly speaks to our self-sufficiency, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God”. Psalm 62:7, continues, “My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.”
INDECISIVE – We falsely believe we can put our trust in God, then take it back and handle it ourselves. We go back and forth, over and over, in a vicious cycle. If I had to be honest, this is what I most often struggle with. James 1:6-7 speaks to those who struggle like me, “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” Isaiah 26:3 tenderly whispers, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
INSIGNIFICANT- We falsely believe our problems do not matter to God. We do not value ourselves, therefore, incorrectly believe God could not value us either. Matthew 18:12-14 explains our value to God through a parable, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”
Ephesians 3:12 tells us that as a child of God we are significant and can approach Him at any time, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence”.
FAITHLESS- We have little faith that God can help us. We often make God too small. The truth is, God is not like you or I. God is all powerful, all knowing, and all present. He can work miracles that by human perspective seem impossible. We serve and worship a BIG God. He is capable and worthy of our faith. Matthew 21:21-22 explains to us , “Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
The truth is, nothing should fill in that blank. Instead, it should read, “I completely trust God”. That is what our Heavenly Father wants for us. He wants us to trust and rely on Him for everything we need. Joshua 1:9 beautifully illustrates His presence with us through all of life’s ups and downs, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”