Trust is the foundation of all relationship. Without trust, promises mean nothing.
When God gave us His promises, He didn't ask for our approval. He gave them because it's good for us. What we need to do is to accept it and to trust Him completely. However, if you don't trust Him, His promises mean nothing to you. Before you can trust someone, you need to know him/her personally. Similarly, if you don't know God personally, you cannot trust Him.
One example, Malachi 3:10 said, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. “
Those who know God personally will see this promise as a promise of hope. We believe that God always provides and will never fail us; therefore, we wouldn't stop giving our offering and tithings to the church in times of financial hardships. However, those who don't know God personally may misunderstand this verse as an excuse to challenge God; giving offerings and tithings to the church with an expectation to receive abundant blessings in return. When we don't get what we believe we deserve, we become angry and blame God.
Our personal relationship with The Living God should be the focus. To trust in His promises means to trust Him. Knowing Him personally enables us to trust Him both when things are bad and when things are good. As Christians, we continue to live in hope because of His promises. Hebrew 6:18 reassures us that God can't break his promises or go back on His Words.
So, let's focus our attention on him. Let's start by accepting Jesus as the holder of all authority we need in our life. Let's build a relationship with Him and His people. Only then, His promises can become real and its power manifested in our life. Jesus is the Guarantor, trusting in His name is the key to unlock all the promises of God in our life.
Written by: Samuel Sutanto