Trusting God for Our Prosperity

Trusting someone can be a frightening thing. When we become accustomed to being self-reliant and in control of our own affairs, the very thought of relinquishing that control to someone else is scary.  In our quest for prosperity, we can trust in ourselves and risk making a mistake, trust in others who could disappoint us, or trust God.  Many people have a narrow view of prosperity applying only to money, and the phrase “In God We Trust” comes to mind. But He wants us to experience prosperity in all areas of our lives.

The idea of trusting in God’s grace certainly extends to our finances, but that’s only one part of our lives. Grace-based prosperity results from trusting Him in everything and in all situations, good or bad. We can see examples of a lack of trust in the Old Testament when the Israelites murmured and complained against Him when He sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt. They didn’t have the vision or wisdom to see that God was answering their prayers by working through His servant.

Trust makes us vulnerable, and requires the courage to lower our defenses, step out from behind our protective walls, and open ourselves up to accept help. In the desert, God asked His people for their trust in the face of danger. Their courage failed them because they refused to trust Him. “When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt”(Exodus 13:17, AMP).

Most of them died in the desert without reaching their prosperous land of milk and honey. God wants to lead us to our promised land, but when we refuse to believe His promises, we short-circuit His plans for us. His will is for us to experience prosperity in our marriage, our family life, our health, our relationships, and our finances. We will definitely face challenges in life, but letting God guide us guarantees success.

God wants overflowing abundance in our lives, but when we try to grab some of it through our own efforts, we block those blessings. We must trust Him enough to rest in Him and let Him handle the details. The blessings will materialize.

Trust and belief go hand in hand, and Hebrews 3:12-19 goes so far as to call unbelief evil. These scriptures advise us to trust and believe Him when we hear Him speaking to us, and not harden our hearts the way the Israelites hardened theirs when God spoke to them in the wilderness. It was no coincidence they didn’t make it to their promised land.

It’s normal to feel a twinge of fear sometimes, but God doesn’t want fear to stop us from moving forward to accept what He has for us. We can learn from what happened in the desert. “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world”(Hebrews 4:2, 3).

Some of what He calls us to do will be out of our comfort zone. We may find ourselves in a “wilderness” situation in our lives. If so, we can trust God to safely lead us out.  

— Creflo Dollar