“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5
Circumstances are ever changing. At times, life seems to be wonderful. Other times, life’s trials seem never ending.
Regardless of our circumstances, we’re to fully trust God. But the verse doesn’t stop with trusting God, it also reminds us not to lean onto our own understanding. Why? Because our understanding isn’t perfect.
Our understanding is influenced by our circumstances. It’s often focused on earthly things and not focused on eternity. Our understanding isn’t perfect, but God’s ways are.
When we’re having trouble trusting God with our whole hearts, focusing on His character can help us trust Him regardless of how our life is going.
Focusing On God’s Characteristics
If we focus on our circumstances our faith will constantly waver. If we focus on God’s character and what He’s done for us, we can maintain faith regardless of our circumstances.
Here are 5 characteristics of God we need to remember:
#1: God Loves Us
As moms, we hope our children recognize we love them even when they don’t understand our ways. In a similar way, we should trust that God loves us even when our circumstances are challenging because He knows what’s best for us. When things are good, we can know God is providing because of His love for us.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. – Psalm 36:7
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
Motherhood can feel thankless at times. In all of it, there’s one who loves and cares for us perfectly.
#2: He Pursues Us
God’s love is perfect action. Is there a better example of love than pursing someone? God doesn’t just love us, He wants to fellowship with us. He wants us to draw near to Him.
Even when we fall short, God pursues us. Even when things are difficult, He draws us near to Him.
For the Son of man has come to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” – Jeremiah 31:3
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4
No matter where you feel you’re falling short, God still desires to be in fellowship with you. Even when the distractions of motherhood abound, He will pursue you.
#3: God Is Sovereign
Is He really in control of what happens in my life right now? If we lean on our own understanding and focus on our circumstances, we might begin to question God’s sovereignty. However, if we focus on His promises, we can trust that He is in control.
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. – Psalm 103:19
Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. – Deuteronomy 4:39
When we remember that God loves us and He is sovereign, we can trust that no matter the circumstances He is in control. We can trust that He only allows what is beneficial for us. As moms, this can give us extra peace. We can’t control everything in our children’s lives, we can’t protect them from everything, but we can trust that God is in control of all.
#4: He Cares About Our Emotions
God isn’t just a powerful being in the sky detached from the people below. God genuinely loves us which means He cares about us. You need read only a few psalms to see that God hears His people, big feelings and all.
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
Jesus wept. – John 11:35
Jesus walked the earth. He knows sorrow. Jesus knows heartbreak. He knows what it feels like to be rejected. Jesus wept and knows what it is to feel the need to do so. Sure, we shouldn’t allow our feelings and emotions to distract us from truth, but we do serve God who cares for us and our emotions.
Feeling weary in motherhood? In your work? Your marriage? Take those feelings to God, He cares.
#5: God Satisfies
We can seek satisfaction in our accomplishments as parents or in our marriages. We can seek satisfaction in a host of worldly things. However, we can only find true satisfaction in God.
Why is this important to remember? If we rely on our parenting success or our spouse to fully satisfy us, we will end up unsatisfied. It’s also unfair to our children or spouse to expect them to fill what only God can fulfill.
Because God’s character is perfect and His love unending, only He can truly satisfy. What’s so amazing about this, God wants us to find satisfaction in Him. It isn’t unattainable to find perfect peace and satisfaction in God. His love, his sovereignty, His grace and His empathy mean He wants us to seek Him.
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9
But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14
Read The Bible To Learn About God’s Character
I could write a much longer list about God’s character. He’s perfect. He’s love. The best way to learn about His character is to stay in the Word. Read more about Him. Learn about His promises, both already fulfilled and yet to come. Read about how He loved, corrected, protected, forgave, etc., Abraham, David, Paul and how He’ll do the same for you.
Motherhood is a mix of joy and hardships. When we put our trust fully in God we can focus on the joy and withstand the hardships.
Looking for ways to learn more about God during the busyness of motherhood? Be sure to read 8 Tips For Growing Your Faith During Everyday Motherhood.