I’m a worrier. I’ll admit it. When faced with a problem or uncertainty, I will keep myself awake at night analyzing every detail… especially when I have no control over the issue. Why do I do this to myself? Why can’t I just trust God like I’m supposed to?
My husband and I are in the process of selling our home and buying a new one. Everything… and I mean everything is up in the air and out of our control. We found a buyer and our “dream” home, but anything can fall through at a moment’s notice. That’s a scary place to be for a worrier like myself!
Learning to trust God is an essential part of the Christian faith; and in theory, it makes complete sense. The Creator of the universe is on our side and ready and willing to be there for us and meet our needs. (And as Creator, He is certainly capable of handling anything life throws our way!) But in practice, trusting in the Lord is easier said than done.
So as I sit here today writing this post, I’m writing mostly for myself. I need to be reminded of all the reasons why I need to trust God through this uneasy (and stressful) time of my life.
God’s knows all and understands all. He sees what I can’t see. My understanding of the world is flawed. When I only see part of the picture; He sees the whole picture. And for that reason, I can trust that He knows what’s best for my life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
God always acts on the behalf of those who place their trust in Him.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:5 (ESV)
God causes EVERYTHING to work together for our good… even the not so good stuff. God never promised a life without trials. In fact, the Bible pretty much guarantees them. But God does promises to be with us through them and to use them for good. I can’t tell you how many times I looked back at my past trials in awe of how God used them in my life.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Worrying never amounts to anything… ever.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? – Matthew 6:27 (NLT)
God promises to take care of our needs.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)
God has great plans for our lives.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 (NLT)
God is faithful. Trust in Him always leads to a strong and fruitful life.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)
God loves us and deeply cares for us. As our heavenly Father, He desires the best for our lives.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
So when things are up in the air or when circumstances seem beyond our ability to handle, trust in God is essential. I’ve heard it said that God will never give us more than we handle, but I must admit that I disagree with that statement. While the Bible does tell us that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13), it never promises that we won’t have to endure circumstances that are beyond our own ability to cope with. Many of us can attest to the fact that we have had to endure a circumstance that we couldn’t handle on our own – a circumstance that caused us to reach a point where all we could do was look up and trust Him.
If every life circumstance was easy enough for us to handle on our own, we would never learn to fully trust God.
Striving to trust God means seeking first His Kingdom and continuing to live for Him alone in spite of our difficulties. When things are up in their air and you feel out of control, remember that He is in control and will work everything out for your good. He knows all, sees all, and can be trusted to be faithful.
Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. – Psalm 112:1, 6-8 (NLT)