Why does the Lord so often tell us to trust Him? Because He knows that if we don’t stand firm in our faith, the devil and his cohorts will be able to rob us of the victories and blessings that He has in store for us. God longs to empower us to live above our circumstances in difficult times, but He requires our cooperation. We cooperate with Him by making a quality decision to trust Him, and to resist all fear and doubt.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good.” ~ Psalm 37:3
Another way we can cooperate with His plan for our victory is to “do good,” as this verse says. When we are going through a trial, the devil would like nothing better than to see us “stuck” in our problems. He doesn’t want us to move forward, but to keep our focus on our problems and ourselves. God’s antidote to that faulty strategy is to reach out to others, knowing that as we do, we will be energized and revived in ways that will keep us moving along the path of victory the Lord has mapped out for us.
The second half of this verse tells us to “feed on His faithfulness”. God shows us that when we’re in a difficult place and we’re tempted to despair, we need to feed on His promises. Whether we need healing, finances, the restoration of a relationship, or anything else, there are scriptural promises that we can pray and stand on, trusting Him to be faithful to His Word. As one wise man has rightly said, “God’s promises will give you hope in hopeless situations”.