17th August 2023
Brittany Yesudasan offers
How to Trust God, Even in Difficult Times
Life is not predictable.
There are ups and downs along the way. Many of us want to trust God.
When times are good, it can feel easier. But when times feel difficult, it is even more important to trust God. God's unchanging character can give us a firm foundation when things feel unsteady and uncertain.
Life can be going along smoothly for a season. Your job is satisfying. Your friends and family are enjoyable. Your goals, finances, health and outlook seem bright.
Then, all of a sudden, life throws a curveball. Someone you know gets sick. You lose your job. A friend or family member betrays you. The things you felt secure in all of a sudden feel shaky and uncertain.
How do you trust that God is good in these circumstances?
How do you trust Him when you do not understand what is happening?
When you cannot see a resolution?
These are valid questions, and God wants to help you navigate them.
To trust is to believe in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of something.
So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability and His strength.
The Bible says that God cannot lie. That He always keeps His promises. That He loves you and has good in store for you. Trusting in Him means believing what He says about Himself, about the world and about you is true.
Trusting God is more than a feeling;
it's a choice to have faith in what He says even when your feelings or circumstances would have you believe something different.
Your feelings and circumstances matter and are very much worth paying attention to. God cares about them both. But those things alone are not reliable enough to base your life on.
They can change at any moment, even in an instant. God, on the other hand, does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and therefore is worthy of your trust.
Trusting God is not about ignoring your feelings or reality.
It is not pretending that everything is OK when it isn't. Trusting God is living a life of belief in and obedience to God even when it's difficult.
Now that you know what it means to trust God, how exactly can you do that in your everyday life?
If you trust someone, you feel comfortable being honest with them about anything. God is much more reliable than even your most trustworthy friend. When things feel difficult, He doesn't ask you to keep those feelings to yourself.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7, New International Version)
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. (Psalm 56:8, New Living Translation)
Because God loves you, you can show your trust in Him by talking about all your feelings and circumstances with Him - the good and hard - through prayer.
Don't let your emotions rule your life; bring them to God so He can help you address them.
He is not disappointed or frustrated by your struggles, doubts or pain. He cares about you, and you can trust Him with those things.
When you trust, you go to God and His word when life is hard.
You also act on obedience (doing what God says in His Word) and trust that He will ultimately take care of the rest.
In trust, you do not look for security in other things; you look to God to hold you securely in difficult circumstances. You won't do this perfectly, but God is kind and patient with you while you learn to trust Him.
"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," He said to them.
Jesus Himself felt overwhelmed by what was before Him, and He went straight to His Father.
He cares for your hurts. He pays attention. How comforting it is to know that the God of the universe is also paying attention to you.
Knowing that God is for you will strengthen your trust in Him during times of hardship and the unknown.
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