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Who do you trust? How do you know?

I’ve been talking lately with my staff and others about how we can help others learn to discern. I’m almost always thinking about discernment in the context of discerning who we can and we who can’t trust. Last week another application became more important. It’s not that I’ve never thought of it. I have. It’s just that last week it was intense.

If, like me, you want to trust God, how do you know if you are? How do we discern this type of trustworthiness? Let me offer these thoughts. I hope you’ll add to the list by sharing your ideas in the comment section:

  • If we trust God, we are more optimistic than pessimistic.
  • We understand God has the big picture in mind and we don’t question everything that occurs.
  • The lack of understanding about what’s going on in the world does not cause us undue stress. We don’t doubt simply because we don’t understand. We choose to not worry.
  • We’re not afraid to admit our sin and to seek forgiveness. We have experienced God’s grace and mercy and we know they are as real as He is.
  • We pray regularly, seeking God’s guidance, wisdom, power, and other qualities and we listen and wait for God’s answers. We don’t just pray when we need something. Being in conversation with God is natural and important to us.
  • We regularly read God’s Word, expecting to find out more about God and His hopes and plans for us.
  • We strive to respond well to the Holy Spirit’s leading and to obey God’s Word and God’s answers to our prayers.
  • We worship the triune God for Who He is – our Authority, Advocate, Leader, Guide, Savior, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, …

So, what do you think? Based on the evidence and not your opinion, on a scale of 1-10, how much do you trust God?