“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalm 20:7 (KJV)
Many people will say “just trust God,” instead of listening to what you are really going through. While it is true we must trust Him, when you are overwhelmed by your circumstances, this can seem impossible. So today, I would like you to think about truly laying your problems down at the feet of Jesus in a new way. But before I outline the three simple steps toward this goal, I would like to share a story with you.

As a person who is blind, I use a guide dog. When I first got him, I found it hard to trust an animal to lead me around safely. Instead of relaxing my arm to feel the dog’s signals, I would hold it stiff with fear. Most of us follow this same example when it comes to a relationship with God. We are very reluctant to trust Him at first, and so we build our relationships with Him gradually.

In order to help you come to trust in God more quickly and easily, I want to share these three steps with you. The word “saw” will help you remember them.

The s stands for the word “seek”. In order to trust God in a way that honors Him, we must truly seek Him. Searching for Him means to make Him the first priority in your life. When you hear bad news of any kind, filter that news through His word. Seeking Him also means spending time with Him. Too often, we give God a laundry list of things we want Him to do for us, without asking for His will. The wiser choice is to talk with God, and see what He would like you to do first.

Thirdly, seeking means listening. True prayer is a dialogue between you and God. This dialogue shouldn’t be self-conscious; it should be just as intimate as a conversation between you and a close friend. Jesus called God “our Father” in the Lord’s Prayer, and this name symbolizes the warm and loving relationship you are meant to have with God.

The letter a stands for anticipation. We must expect God to move in our everyday affairs. God often moves in quiet and subtle ways, so we need to be sensitive to His Spirit in our lives.
Nobody likes the word “wait”, but waiting on God is not like waiting for the bus. In other words, it is not a passive, thumb-twiddling kind of waiting. We must follow God’s word while we anticipate God’s answers to our prayers. For example, the Word tells us to be thankful as well as being constant in prayer. Check out what you believe God may be saying within His Word, and then move out step by step.

I would like to conclude by finishing the story about my guide dog. I learned to trust him, but not before talking to an instructor. She asked me if I had ever been water skiing. When I said yes she said, “Let the dog pull you up just like the boat would.”

Today I say this to you, my friend: Let God pull you up and out of that overwhelming situation. Remember that with God, all things are possible!