When it comes to trusting God, do you say the words that all Christians are supposed to say – “I trust God in all things.” But then you glance down and notice your fingers clenched tight and your knuckles turning white, and you realize you do not rely on anyone, let alone God whom you can’t see. How does one trust God in all circumstances?
In life, we have all faced situations that are completely unexpected and out of our control. These experiences are a great training ground to learn to depend on God, in all things. If we can learn to put our assurance in God, we can find that peace that transcends all understanding.
It starts with a relationship
Who do you put your trust in? Aren’t they the people you know? We need to make sure getting to know God is a priority. Friendship takes time; it takes a commitment to the relationship. It is about talking, listening, and learning about the other person.
But how does one trust God in all things especially when life is hard?
Cry out to God
God has huge shoulders! We can go to him with anything. It may feel irreverent to cry out to God, and yet the Bible invites us to do so. In Gods word, we see many examples of people lamenting to God. The Psalms are full of David crying out to the Lord. Then in Luke 10:40, Martha asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?” “Tell her to help me!” Even Jesus in the garden asked, “Let this cup pass from me” in Matthew 26:39.
Be brutally honest with God. God is big enough, powerful enough and gracious enough to absorb any emotion we might have, including our anger or compassionate complaining. Expressing our grievances to him is okay we just do not want to grumble about him. Of course, it won’t solve our unanswered prayer, but it will drive us to God where we can find peace.
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8
Remember all that God has done before to help
It is so important to keep a record of what God has done in your life and the lives of those around you. It will benefit you to remember that God is with you and for you. Try journaling, so you have something to look back at and see how faithful God is. I start mine with
“I will remember”……… and list out all the things I can think of where God has helped.
One must choose to trust God
We must decide to believe God will take care of us up front.We do not wait for a feeling of confidence. We must call out to trust Him even when it makes no sense.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I remember back to a conversation with a wise friend who helped me understand how to put this into practice. My child had been diagnosed with a serious illness one that could very well result in death. My wise friend kindly pointed out the best way to get through this was to embrace the unexpected news and fully put my trust in, God.
I thought to myself doesn’t he know I do trust God! But he went on to explain a different kind of faith, one that I never had fully allowed myself to experience.
He stated, “I would need to make a decision upfront, was I going to be in 100 percent in trusting God and relying on my faith or not?” “Would I continue to rely on God even when the results were not what I wanted?”
I went home that night and cried out to God, remembering all that he had done so far, and then…..
I said it aloud, “I Will Trust You, God!”
I would love to say it was a one-time decision and I never have to go back and work through the steps. But when things whirl out of control as they do I have to remind myself I already made this decision to put my trust in the Lord with my child. I often hear myself saying,
“I don’t like this God, but if this is what it takes I am all in.”
Our assurance in God applies not just to the big things or when prayers are not answered. It also applies to our everyday circumstances. It is easy to struggle in the places where we see a little wiggle room or think we have some control. In reality, we know we have no real control, and this thinking just keeps us stuck in a place of fear, worry, and anxiety.
An excellent example of the steps above can be found in Psalm 77. Asaph wrestles and cries out to God and then turns to remembering how God has helped him in the past. In the end, he then turns to trusting God.
I encourage you to learn how to trust God in all circumstances.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3: 5-6