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If you’ve ever thought, “will God really come through for me?”, you’re not alone. Find out why we can trust the Lord, what it really means to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and how to put trusting into practice daily.
He’s answered them all. Every. Single. Prayer. And 99% have been answered “my way,” or even better than I could have imagined.
But that mysterious 1%. The prayers that I pray for years, over and over, followed by what feels like silence. The answers I search so desparately for, but can’t find.
How can I trust God in these moments?
My human brain wants God to be figure-outable. My quest to answer perplexing questions is my futile attempt to understand God and put Him in a box.
But that’s not the God of the Bible.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,– Isaiah 55:8-9
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Do you struggle to trust God when you can’t figure Him out or understand His plan?
Especially in these moments, we must trust Him. But how?
First, let’s get clear on why He’s worthy of our trust.
Why we can trust God
Before we discuss how to trust God, we need to know why (which really is the heart of the matter).
It boils down to this: I can trust God because He’s proven Himself to me.
When you trust someone in your everyday life, what do you base that trust on? The fact that they’ve treated you well and shown you honesty over and over. They’ve earned your trust.
It’s similar with God. So, how does God prove His trustworthiness to us?
- Through His character qualities in the Bible. When you study, you learn the character of God and how He cares for His people. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 103:8).
- Through His care for you in your life. Looking back on your life to this point, can you count the ways God has shown care for you? Taking time to reflect will help you see that God is worthy of your trust.
- Through the cross. If nothing else, the cross is more than enough proof that God has earned your trust. He will was willing to die so you might live. There is no greater love!
“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?”– C.S. Lewis
What does it mean to trust in the Lord?
Now that we know who God is and that we can trust Him, let’s look at what that means from a Biblical standpoint. Let’s study the context of Proverbs 3, where we are admonished to “trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
My son, do not forget my teaching,– Proverbs 3:1-8
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
The chapter begins with encouragement to remember God’s teachings – a major theme of the entire book of Proverbs.
This is a big part of trusting – knowing what God says, believing it to be true, and obeying Him (even when we don’t get it).
When we take God at His word, we acknowledge that He knows better than us. We stop trying to “figure Him out” and start accepting that He’s got it all figured out.
How to Trust in the Lord, Step-by-Step
Now that we know God is trustworthy, and that trusting means taking God at His word, let’s talk about some practical ways we can demonstrate our trust every. single. day.
1. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty
The foundation of trust is knowing. With God, it’s knowing His BIG-ness. That He is utterly in control of all things. And that He knows so much better than us.
When we begin to understand this, we take the first step toward genuine trust.
Think about how children trust their parents. They don’t need to know how the parents do everything – they simply rest in the knowledge of that they are bigger, stronger, wiser.
Action Step: Say this prayer, “Dear Lord, You are high above all. There is none like You. Forgive me when I lose sight of your amazing power. I know Your ways are so much higher than mine, and I can never understand You. Today I acknowledge that You know better than me. Help me to submit to Your wisdom.”
2. Look for God’s goodness
After understanding God’s sovereignty, we must also believe in His goodness. Not only is He in control, He exercises that control for good.
If you don’t quite believe that God is good, you will have a hard time trusting Him fully.
Joseph is a perfect example of trusting God’s goodness. While no one would describe the circumstances of his life as “good,” Joseph never lost faith in God’s goodness. He knew that God worked even bad situations for His ultimate good.
Listen to how Joseph responds to His brothers years after they sell him into slavery and hardship:
Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.– Genesis 50:19-20
If you’re struggling to see God’s goodness, remember Joseph. Think about how God can create beauty from ashes.
Action Step: As you go through your day, keep track of your blessings. A gratitude journal is great for this. When God works in your life, record His providence. Even in hardships, realize that good may come even from that, in ways you might never see.
3. Study with the intent of true understanding
It takes more effort, but when you approach bible study with a genuine intent of seeing God’s character, you’ll begin to trust Him more.
For me, it’s easy to view bible reading as a “to-do” item on a checklist. But when I approach God’s Word as something to take in slowly, digest, and enjoy, I come away with a deeper understanding.
This type of study helps you form a more complete picture of who God is, which helps you feel closer to Him.
And the more you know God’s word, the more you’ll be able to trust Him – because you’ll have the knowledge of His will for your life! After all, you can’t trust the design if you don’t know the Designer.
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4. Ask God to help you trust Him more
The very fact that you are reading this post shows your heart’s desire to trust God more. This makes Him very happy!
And let’s face it, God knows everything. He knows if you are struggling to trust Him and grow your faith. And He wants to help!
So, be honest with Him. Tell Him everything you’re feeling, where you need help, and how you want to grow.
To help you in your quest, grab these beautiful “My God & I” prayer prompt cards below!
5. Act in Trust
Finally, as you continue your journey to know God better and discover His trustworthiness, it’s time to act on that trust! Show God you believe Him by obeying Him in your actions.
Are you sure you’re living your life in obedience to Him? Here are some thoughts to consider:
- Have you studied what the Bible says about how to be saved, and followed through on those instructions? Here’s a free online study course that will help you understand the Bible.
- Are you worshipping in a way that makes Him happy?
- Is there sin in your life that’s gone unchecked? Do you need help conquering it?
- What’s that one thing you know God wants you to do that you haven’t done because you’re afraid? Do you trust Him enough to act on it?
I pray that these tips have helped you on your journey to trusting the Lord in a deeper way. If you found it helpful, would you mind sharing it using the social share buttons at the bottom of your screen?
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What’s the hardest part about learning to trust God? Do you have any insight to share?