When life turns upside down, and you have nowhere to turn BUT GOD, sometimes trusting Him may be easier. However, as the dust settles and we are left to live with painful circumstances which leave us tired and overwhelmed, trusting God might get harder. How will you continue to trust God in the unexpected?
But Why Trust God?
“Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness—this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all. This is the kind of faith that can be developed and displayed only in the midst of difficult circumstances. This is the kind of faith that cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.”
Without a doubt, putting our trust in God is the best decision one could ever make. When we learn to put our assurance in God, we find a peace which transcends all understanding. Click here to read about, “Finding Faith, Hope, and Love in the Unexpected”.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
However, the best way to answer “Why trust God?” is to jump in and give it a try. Find out what difference it will it make in your life.
How to Trust God: Five Steps
1. Choose Trust
We must decide upfront to believe God will take care of us. To know He has our best interest in mind. Do not wait for a feeling of confidence. We must call out to the Lord even when it makes no sense. Never make it contingent on the outcome.
In “Finding Faith Hope and Love” I share with you some unbearable statements I needed to voice where my child was concerned before my trust was entirely put in God.
“I will trust you, God, if healing comes, if illness remains, and even if death occurs.” Click here to read the entire post.
Choosing trust isn’t always a one-time decision. All too often I find myself with hands clenched tight and a stomach twisting and turning. Then the feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious quickly wash over me, and I immediately know it is time to go back and choose to trust God all over again.
We don’t necessarily need to struggle with the decision to trust God; we merely need to remind ourselves we have already chosen it.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
2. Draw Closer to God
Getting to know God must be a priority. After all, isn’t it easier to put your trust in the people you know? Trust is the foundation of all good relationships.
However, it takes an investment of time. It is no different with God; we must spend time talking, learning about him, and listening for his voice to form a trusting relationship.
This year I am using the prayer acronym T.R.U.S.T. to help me remember to daily trust in God. For free printable worksheets click here.
3. Cry Out to God
God has huge shoulders! We can go to him with anything. It may feel disrespectful to cry out to God, and yet the Bible invites us to do so.
In God’s 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, powerful, and full of grace. He can absorb any emotion we might have. Expressing our frustrations and pain to him is not wrong. Although we want to be careful, we aren’t grumbling about him.
“O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8
4. Remember What God Has Done
Take the time to remember what God has done in your life and the lives of those around you. How did he show up for you in the past? It will help you to know God is with you and for you.
Try journaling, so you have something to look back at and see how faithful God has been. I start mine with “I will remember”……… and list out all the things I can think of where God has helped.
In Psalms 77, Asaph wrestles and cries out to God and then turns to remember how God has helped him in the past. In the end, he then turns to trust God in the unexpected.
5. Let Go of Your Grip
To fully trust God we need to relinquish control and allow God to have it all. Letting go of your grip can be the hardest part! Many times we will need to do this over and over again.
Don’t misunderstand giving it all to God doesn’t indicate we will do nothing. But it means we let God have it and He calls the shots. We trust Him and are obedient to what he asks of us. Sometimes he merely needs us to move over so he can work.
A visual I often use to help me release my grip is a Moses Basket. It might help you too. Whatever I am struggling to release is put in the basket and sent floating down the river as the brave Momma did with her precious baby, Moses. Click here to read, “The Best Thing to do When Life Is Difficult”.
We must release our grip!
Letting go is tough, especially when it is someone you love. But when we are holding on, we aren’t trusting God 100%. Remember – God is amid your circumstances. Show him your trust by letting go and allowing him to have it all.
Trusting the Lord isn’t always easy!
If you are created strong and courageous, this might work against you in the area of trusting God first. Be aware and remember –
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.
When the unexpected hits, we may jump in with full trust. But then as we settle into our “new normal,” it is easy to let our trust slip away. Do you ever do this? Although, we may never understand or like the difficult circumstances in our lives. We don’t have to let that keep us from trusting a loving God. Our Lord has our best interest in mind. As I often say,
“I don’t like this God, but if this is what it takes for your will to be done, I am all in.” “I Trust You, God.”
How do you continue to trust God in the unexpected?
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