How Spending Time at the Foot of the Cross Helps Us Trust God
Do you trust easily?
For many, it all depends on the extent to which they’ve been disappointed and betrayed in the past.
Trust is defined as confident reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, and promise of a person or thing.
Trust relies on consistent reliability!
Many of you shared Proverbs 3:5–6 as your favorite verses.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
In light of Solomon’s advice, I asked myself a couple of questions:
Is trust simply something we think or feel, or is trust something to be acted on . . . something we do?
And if it’s something we do, what is the best way to . . . “trust in the Lord with all [our hearts]?
People will let us down . . . they may even betray us.
But God is always faithful. He’s always trustworthy.
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.Psalm 36:5
Those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.Psalm 9:10 (NASB)
Both David and his son, Solomon, share this truth . . . if we want to know God well enough to know that we can trust Him, we need to SEEK Him.
SEEKing helps us KNOW and KNOWing leads to TRUST.
TRUST gives us the desire to follow God’s will and say with confidence that His will is best.
Brennan Manning wrote in The Ragamuffin Gospel:
The conversion from mistrust to trust is wrought at the foot of the cross. “Upon Calvary of Christ’s death the saints meditate, contemplate, and experience their Lord.” (St. Francis DeSales) There is an essential connection between experiencing God, loving God, and trusting God. You will trust God only as much as you love Him. And you will love Him to the extent you have touched Him, rather that He has touched you.
Spend time this week at the Foot of the Cross—sit in the Word, pour your heart out in prayer, and ask the Lord to help you KNOW Him well enough to fully TRUST His love. SEEK!
With God’s help, you and I can walk in faith-filled obedience . . . not perfectly but intentionally. Because He promises that we can trust Him and that when we SEEK Him with all our hearts, He will show us what path to take.
A Prayer To SEEK and TRUST the Lord
at the Foot of the Cross
Father, I humbly come to the foot of the cross to focus my heart and mind on Jesus, my Savior. Thank you for the love that brought Him to earth to live among us. Thank you for the love that brought Him to the cross. Thank you for the love that gives me life through His resurrection. Thank you for revealing the power of that love to me through Your Spirit.
Lord, I believe in my heart and mind that I can trust Your love . . . that I can trust You. But I admit, that people, even people who follow You, have hurt and betrayed me making it harder for me to act in faith. Please help me. Your Word says that when I SEEK You, You will guide me. You will never abandon me. You will fill me with Your love. “Lord, I believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) Help me follow Your will and actively live in ways that show I trust and love You.
I do love You, Lord. I give You my heart, my life, my all. I pray all this in Jesus’ precious name Amen.
Watchman Nee wrote:
Because the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, I have received forgiveness of sins; because the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, I have received new life; because the Lord Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of the Father, I have received the outpoured Spirit. All is because of Him; nothing is because of me.
All because of Jesus.
At the foot of the cross, we find that we can trust His perfect forever unfailing love.
May the Lord bless you as you spend time at the foot of the cross . . . may He increase your ability to trust Him and show you the path for your life.
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All because of Jesus . . . Amen, Deb, and have a blessed Holy Week!
May your week be blessed as well, Martha!
We must surrender and put our full trust in the Lord.
Amen! May God strengthen us and give us everything we need to completely surrender to His grace, mercy, and love.
Wishing on you Deb our Lord’s great blessings. This blog couldn’t have been timelier. The Lord have been keeping His finger on this subject in my life for a very long time. Reading your message felt like looking in the mirror and I just kept saying – she knows what I feel, what I’ve been struggling with. I know I love Jesus, yet it feels so many times thaf I don’t feel it. God showed me so many times that I/we matter to Him, yet when the trial comes, I have the tendency panickly grabbing the wheel from His hands.
While I never found a church that I could trully trust, and practically all of my friends who came in my life in faith, betrayed my trust…..God took over my teaching, grooming – just as the Lord said it in Ezekiel 16:
“8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.”
Thank you for the reminder Deb, blessings for sharing ????????
Oh Deb, how beautifully explained. I have spent the week prior to the resurrection in tears But He did and I have given Him my heart, my hope, my trust, and my love and devotion. He is all I have ever needed and I wish I had learned this sooner. I lay at the foot of the cross and sob because He loves me!!!
His love is overwhelming, isn’t it, Marilyn? God bless you!