If you have lived long in the Christian life, you know that trusting God can be difficult at times. We don’t like to admit it, let alone say it because it sounds so unchristian, but it’s true. Trusting God is hard.
That can be true for several reasons. Sometimes God doesn’t show up – at least not in discernable ways. Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers in ways we can identify. Sometimes the Christian life isn’t as easily explained as we would like it to be. Sometimes we suffer for long periods of time – and maybe never see a change in our circumstances.
There are just things in the Christian life that we cannot explain – things that seem so wrong and it nails us right in our trust.
Yet we’re told to trust God both explicitly (Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 37:5 etc.) and implicitly (Psalm 46:10, Matthew 6:25 etc.). It’s all over the Bible. You can’t escape the fact that what God wants from us is to trust Him completely, in every circumstance of life.
The trouble with trusting God is that – well it takes trust. And when you don’t have it, it’s hard to get it.
When you’re dealing with trust-busting issues, it’s hard, if not next to impossible to summon up enough trust to just make it through the day. What God is asking us to do is not easy. In fact we can’t do it on our own. It takes more strength than we have.
So what to do?
I’m not sure that I have all of the answers. I’ve been working on this trust thing a long time and it’s still not that clear. But here are a few things to think about when you’ve lost your trust.
Tell God. Tell Him that you’ve lost your trust in Him. Tell Him that you don’t trust Him. It’s Ok – He already knows so there’s no point in acting like it isn’t so.
After that, and it may take a long time after that, tell Him that you can’t trust Him in your own strength and ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust Him. To teach you what it means to trust in spite of your lack of faith.
That will lead you to the Word of God. Read some passages about trusting God and God’s faithfulness and see what the Spirit reveals to you.
Then pray. Pray for the situation you are in. Pray for God to change you. Pray for faith to trust Him even if nothing ever changes. Pray that God will somehow use your pain and suffering even if you never understand how.
Then resolve to trust Him. Just to stubbornly, pigheadedly, tenaciously, trust Him.
It won’t be easy. In fact, at times you’ll wonder if you’ve totally lost your faith. You will probably still struggle with God. And sometimes you will doubt Him. That’s part of the Christian battle.
But God won’t give up on you and He doesn’t want you to give up on Him.
Remember that you aren’t going through anything that other Christians before you haven’t gone through and Christians after you won’t go through. That probably won’t make it any easier for you, but it does mean that God isn’t just picking on you.
So keep working on the trust thing because we’re walking by faith not by sight. And someday . . .
Stay in the Word