Believing in God is something different than believing God. We can believe in a God but not believe what God says. It’s a step of faith to believe God.
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. (Exodus 12:21-23 NIV)
Trusting God, however, requires even more. It happens when we remove all barriers to our faith and believe that God is going to do what God says He is going to do.
"Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'" Then the people bowed down and worshiped. (Exodus 12:24-27 NIV)
Sometimes trust simply takes time. We need to see God at work over a period of time before we trust that He is consistently true to His word.
The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. (Exodus 12:28 NIV)
Some of you are reading this today and saying, “Didn’t we just read these Scriptures yesterday when Pete was talking about believing?” Yes you did. But you read the rest of the post anyway because you have built a trust in me any my writing. This trust came over time. It came with consistency. So, you stuck with me. The same pattern happens with God. We put our trust in Him builds with time and consistency, as God does what God says He is going to do.
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. (Exodus 14:31 NIV)
How about you? Do you trust God? Did it take a long time for God to build that trust? Do you still need to trust God more? What would build your trust in God?
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)