A devotional is an in-depth Bible study. A typical devotional should take you anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Download and print a PDF version of this devotional for yourself, or use it with a friend to create an engaging discussion.
This Bible Study was inspired by the Believe: A Fascinating Journey from the “Believe” series.
- What is the biggest area you have a hard time trusting God with? (future, finances, career, relationships, etc)
- Why is that area hard for you to trust him with?
Evaluate where you put your trust
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
- Real faith is trusting that God will reward your decisions to be faithful to Him and when you seek Him.
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV
- When we try to control our futures we decide to put our trust in ourselves.
- Who or what do you put your trust in? And what is the result?
- Do you relate more to the “bush in the wastelands” or the “tree planted by the water”? Why?
Give Up the Illusion of Control
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:30-34 NIV
- Worry is based on trying to control things you really don’t have control over.
- God’s answer is to trust when you seek God and His Kingdom first, your needs will be met. You may not get everything you want but you will be taken care of.
- What are the things you want to control and are filling you with worry?
- How can you choose to seek God instead of worry about those things?
Trust God by Choosing to Be Unselfish instead of Selfish
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
- When you love God you will trust God because love always trusts.
- In what ways do you need to repent in loving God by trusting Him?
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Luke 9:23-25 NIV
- Following God means you say “No” to what you want and “Yes” to what God wants for your life.
- If your life is focusing on what you want you will end up losing it, but if you give it up you will save it (Give up control).
- What areas of your life have you been unwilling to give up? What are the areas you know you should, but have decided not to because of your fear?
- How can you choose to be unselfish in your life instead of selfish?
- Decide to give God control of your life and allow him to lead you to become who you are destined to be.