Do you believe in God but struggle to trust His ways?
Do you wonder if God truly cares about you?
Many people believe in God or a divine power. Many people profess Christianity. But how many exercise Biblical faith?
In my personal experience, it hasn’t been difficult to believe in God. It hasn’t been difficult for me to understand and accept the gospel.
What has been difficult, fully trusting God. It’s a bit silly really, to know He is the creator of the universe and yet still question His power and character. Yet, here I am, in my flesh, wondering at times if I can truly trust Him.
How do I trust God? By holding on to His promises. By focusing on His truths and not my circumstances. By staying in His word and trusting that I know His words are true. Circumstances are ever changing, but He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
3 Biblical Reminders On Trusting God
How can God love me and allow this to happen?
When our eyes are focused on our circumstances, it’s easy to waver in faith. Life earthside is filled with challenges, pain, heartache. Yes, it’s also filled with amazing things, but we tend to notice the hard more than the good.
It’s easy to get caught up in the feel-good prosperity gospel. If you truly trust God, if you truly surrender, your life will be great. However, the Bible doesn’t tell us life will be easy if we trust God.
In fact, it says quite the opposite:
“I have told you these things, so in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
What the Bible does say, is that we can have peace and joy when we trust in Him. He offers us peace which passes all understanding. When we trust God, even in hard circumstances, we can be at peace.
Keeping in the Word helps us to stay focused on Biblical truths and promises. Staying in prayer helps us keep our eyes on Him and not our circumstances. If you’re wondering why you should trust God, here are 3 Biblical reminders about why we can trust Him:
#1: You Are A Child Of God
God, the creator of the universe, calls you His child. Your existence isn’t accidental. Your purpose isn’t random. You are His child.
If you’re a parent, this brings a whole new meaning. Even in our imperfect, fallen state, the love we have for our children is immeasurable. We want what is best for them. We want to protect them. We would lay our lives down for them.
How much more amazing then, that God in His perfection, loves you as His child? Children can trust imperfect parents. What reason do we have to not trust our perfect, all seeing, all knowing God?
“I will be a father to you, And you shall be my sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:18
#2: God Knows You By Name
It’s amazing that God created us. It’s amazing that He sent Jesus to redeem us. But how amazing that through redemption we have a personal relationship with God!
Certainly, salvation alone is an amazing thing. However, there’s something awe inspiring about serving the true God who knows us. How is it possible to struggle trusting God when despite the countless humans past and present, He still cares enough to know us personally?
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine. – Isaiah 43:1
#3: God Fights For You
When a loved one dies, when you’re facing a severe or chronic illness, when life simply wears you down, it can be easy to think you’re alone in your struggle. Even a person with great faith isn’t immune from wondering where God is in the midst of struggle.
In those moments, it’s important to focus on what we know to be true: God fights for us. His ways aren’t always our ways. His timing isn’t always what we expect. However, He is fighting for us.
God does not leave nor forsake His children. In our fallen world it can feel that way, but He is always with us.
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. – Exodus 14:14
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2
The second verse above from Isaiah, is a true picture of our walk with God here on earth. It doesn’t say we won’t have deep waters to pass through nor will we be exempt from fire, but that God is there alongside protecting and fighting for us.
When Trusting God Feels Too Hard
If your life is anything like mine, no matter how much you know about God, there are hard moments which bring you to your knees. When you’re brought to your knees, you find your only choice is to trust in Him.
But what happens after the crises when the dust settles? When you’re just okay enough to step up off your knees?
How do you keep trusting God when the questions and doubts pop up?
Trusting God isn’t a onetime choice. Yes, the choice to accept salvation may be a onetime choice, but ongoing full trust in Him can be difficult. I trust the gospel and what it means for my salvation. I trust that God holds my life in His hands. But do I trust each moment of my life to Him?
Do I trust that loss and pain can be a part of His plan? Do I trust that He can truly make beauty from ashes?
As my life continues and I’m able to look back, I see His hand in each circumstance. And yet, when new circumstances come, I can fall into doubt. However, in each moment of doubt I can see the common denominator is an attempt to do things in my own power. I can see that I have my eyes on my circumstances and not on Him.
When trusting God feels too hard it’s always the result of me not keep my eyes on Biblical truths. When trusting God feels too hard, it’s always a time where I’ve tried to find answers, rational and solutions rather than remaining in fellowship with Him.
When it feels too hard, I need to seek Him even me. When it feels too hard I need to remember I serve the God and creator of the universe. The God who hung the stars holds my life. If I seek Him, the trust will come.
Are you struggling to trust Him in the midst of a seemingly unbearable season? Be sure to read How Do You Find Faith When You Feel Lost?