We have to remember God’s promise does not mean that if we trust Him we will escape loss or suffering. It means that God Himself will never leave us no matter what we face. We need to constantly voice our trust in Him frequently. This simple act of faith will keep us walking along straight paths with Him.
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.” Psalm 9:10
Forsaken! Forgotten! Abandoned! These are the feelings so many believers encounter from time to time, especially during periods of increased pain, bad reports from the doctors, friends who don’t understand, and family who seems to suffer from helplessness and myriad of things. These feelings are real, and they seem to overwhelm us like an ocean’s waves, rising and receding in some form of unearthly, unmetered tempo.
There are two keys unlocking the door to security and assurance even during the seasons of attack: Knowing God and Trusting God.
Knowing God is more than merely acknowledging His existence—it’s a very personal knowledge and pursuit of an intimate relationship through prayer and time in God’s Word. Knowing God is learning His character and understanding who He is and the depth of His love and faithfulness toward us.
Trusting God is more than merely acknowledging that He is in control—nearly everyone will tell you, “God is in control.” But, knowing God is in control by laying down our desires and allowing His plan and purpose to be developed and fulfilled in us is the form of trust to which the Psalmist is referring.
When we seek the Lord, we begin to understand the character of God and His unfailing love in a deeper way. When we seek the Lord, we begin to understand that our lives are secure in His most capable hands regardless of how we feel. When we seek the Lord, we learn to rest in the assurance that we will never be forsaken, forgotten, or abandoned.