As I have grown in my own faith these past 30 plus years, I have always heard the question "How can I fully trust God as the bible says I should?" "How can I trust God without the proof he even exists?" That is not only a great question, but a simple one to answer once a proper understanding of faith is given.
Psa 1: 1-3 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and In his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. "
Building trust in God requires us as believers to:
1.) Gain increased knowledge of the object or subject of your trust.
Pro 2: 1-5 "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commands with the behold; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou crest after knowledge, and lifttest Up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. "
In the case of God we must learn all we can about what desires from us by pulling apart the Word of God commonly known as the Bible. Studying the Word like we were in school about to take an important test. This is how we practice the presence of God daily. In doing so we develop a trusting bond. We learn what he wants so that he can trust us and in turn we will trust him.
The Word of God supplies us with all the knowledge we will ever need to both understand God and prove his Will in our lives. The Holy Spirit was sent to us to open our understanding through meditating upon his Word until it becomes part of our internal lives.
How does one Meditate scripture to the point that the Words of God become incarnated into the heart and soul ?
The first thing to keep in mind is that reading is not meditating but reading gains Meditation, study is not meditation but study advances meditation, memorization is not meditation but it enhances your meditation. Meditating God's word is the giving of your spiritual self over to the Holy Spirit in order that he reveals the hidden manna under the chapter being read, studied, or remembered.
Pro 1: 5-7 "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wisdom counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. "
The Second Thing to keep in mind is to remember that whenever Jesus taught, he taught completely, he never jumped around from one subject to another until the first thought was completed. Take any Chapter in John for instance and meditate upon the Chapter until the thought he was conveying is revealed to your inner man.
Pro 3: 5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways know him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, And depart from evil. "
2.) Really listening to the one we desire to trust.
Learning all we can about God does not do any good if we do not practice Listening to his inner voice. This is how we gain not only direction in our lives but familiarity with his presence. Because if we do not recognize his voice then Satan can easily deceive us.
Listening requires that we meditate Day and Night, so we must learn to measure in order to learn his voice within us and discern it from a counterfeit voice. God will never speak apart from his word, God always speaks in full agreement to his written word. You will never hear God say something that his word does not teach because his word has been contracted to his church and signed with the blood of Jesus.
3.) Being Honest with yourself and with God about how you feel about what he wants and what you need. Bearing your feelings to him in prayer because he already knows about it anyway. Honesty while not always easy is the best way to develop a trusting relationship with God.
Psa 6: 1-10 To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. "O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak : O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed . : But thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. With my groaning ; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. The LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Let all mine enemies be accused and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. "
David touched God's heart because he was honest about who he was before God!
4.) Take action on what you learn, do not just acquire knowledge alone it is completely useless without action to qualify its importance to your life! Action brings fulfillment like no other form of trust can.
Rom 8: 13-14 "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they Are the sons of God. "
It takes ACTION in order to live the Christian life, constant action on our part to fulfill God's trust in us and our trust of him!
5.) Agreement on the best course of action should be a normal thing in your daily walk with God. It is difficult reason with someone unless you are on the same page as they are. We must first agree with his will before we can gain a working knowledge of his will, this requires faith based in understanding.
Like anything in life trust requires that we agree with the word of God on how to live our life before God, without agreement there can be no fulfillment of trust in any relationship.
Romans 10:17 tells us just how Faith is reproduced in the earth and from what source it happens. The Word of God (The Scriptures) brings faith out of our hearts as we speak to ourselves the word of God. As we hear it again and again it manifests the desires of our hearts within the parameters of the will of God.
"So then faith comes by hearing , and hearing by the word of God ."
Part of our understanding about God must include the fact that beneath the world we see is an unseen world where the physical realm's evidences are proved by the spiritual real to be real, all of science is the outward evidence of the spiritual truth that proves it true , No theory of Man that can not be proved by its counterpart in God's realm is true.
God framed the worlds with spiritual substance from his mouth, so the universe is first spiritual structure then physical manifestation. It is its spiritual structure that holds it together, keeping it from flying apart!
Heb 11: 1
" Now (Present tense) faith is
the substance of things held for, the evidence of things not seen."
Heb 11: 3
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God , so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
Always remember that there are two kinds of faith, one faith is natural every day belief in what we do, sitting in a chair, walking down the street. Natural faith is an assumption that what is now will always be as it was before, but God's pure Faith goes one step further, his faith faiths absolute proof of what we ask him to do because it is the structure of what we hope for.
Natural faith in the world does not do so well under changing circumstances, it becomes doubtful and unsure of itself. But the God kind of faith that is placed within us at the new birth adapts to change because it comes from God's nature, a God who knows everything before it happens.
Real faith, present tense (Now) faith from God, provides proof that the evidences we do see in the physical realm are real and will come forth as promised. God never says what his faith can not produce, therefore his promises in Christ are yes and Amen!
God's faith just like natural human faith requires an action to produce results, no matter how much faith we think we have, if we never act upon his instructions then no results will happen, like planting a garden, if you keep the seed in your pocket And never put it in the ground it can not grow!
2 Peter 1: 5 "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;" "Understand that the idea of God is built around our lives by adding those things that are evidences of His presence.
God requires us to know things, his faith in us is not a blind belief, like man's religion is, but one of purity and knowledge. The proof being manifest through our actions. We are a living epistle written in the heart, known and read by all men because we act like he acted while he was here, that's what Christlike means.
The Church has failed miserably before the world, we act like other men who copied other men instead of being his written word in our hearts, revealing the proof of God into the world!
1 John 5: 4 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."
Gods Faith does not work under wavering, doubtful conditions, it cancels out belief in anything that can not be seen, felt or smelled with the five physical senses. Sometimes even natural faith is confused and unsure under changing conditions because it operates best in repeatable conditions.
When you have confidence in someone's word to you, you never doubt the outcome because you own the proof internally, you trust emphatically that what they say is what will happen because you have experienced them personally. The longer you experience God's word and act upon it, the deeper the proof becomes, depth in God is revealed as your faith grows to surround your life.
John 1: 1 tells us about the beginnng of faith, it came through God who is the Word that releases faith into our circumstances. It is because of this fact that we can trust that faith can overcome the world!
" In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."