Have you ever trusted someone and then wish you hadn’t? We've all been let down by people we put our trust in, but we've also disappointed others by not keeping our word. Sometimes, it is hard to know who we can trust.
What about God? If I put my trust in God, will He come through for me?
It is not uncommon for me to wrestle with the unknown. I am a planner and list-maker. I feel best starting my day with a to-do list. I am more productive and focused, but there are times when there are too many unknowns to even try to schedule. Sometimes, it’s the little things that upset my routine- a car breaking down, a clogged sink, or a washer that can’t be repaired (and no money for a new one). Sometimes, it’s the big things that bring my plans to a halt. A child that needs to be hospitalized, a husband that comes home after work one day and says he has been let go and no longer has a job, or the phone call that tells me a loved one is dying.
As I face these challenges, it is my nature to pray and cry out to God for wisdom. I cannot tell you how many times God impresses upon me, “Trust Me”. This seems to be God’s word for me. What I am really seeking is a plan or something I can do to change the situation. I want the hardship to end and be resolved. I want my routine and plans to go on as I intended. I can tell you that it is hard when the situation seems dark, and anxiety lurks in my mind. I have more questions than answers to all that is happening. I tend to worry as I wait, and I am reminded again how much of life is out of my control. In a sermon one time, I heard that we cannot control our circumstances, but we can control our responses to those circumstances. God does not have to explain Himself to me. If I truly want what is best, I will release my plans and intentions and trust Him when I don’t have control. I must allow God to do his work and wait on Him and He will make my path straight.
When God says, “Trust Me”, I am learning that I can. Situations very rarely unfold as I expect and always seem to take too long for my impatient self. But I have learned that what God brings about in hard situations is always good and always for my best. Two things have helped during those difficult times: remembering who God is and leaning into His promises in Scripture.
Remember who God is. He is faithful. He is kind. He is good. He is patient. He is a healer. He is powerful. He knows all things. He is perfect. God is in control of all situations.
Remember the promises of God. Scripture is full of them. Please get into your Bible on a regular basis. It will help you remain strong during the storms of life. These promises will bubble forth when you pray and seek Him. Some of the promises that I lean on when I become anxious about my circumstances are:
Deuteronomy 31:8 "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will never fail you nor abandon you."
Psalm 86:7 "I will call to you whenever I am in trouble, and you will answer me."
1 John 5:14-15 "And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for."
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Romans 8:28 "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."
Philippians 1:6 "I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns."
Ephesians 3:20 "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish more than we might ask or think."
When God says, “Trust Me”, you can bet He’ll keep His word. It may not look like we expected, but it will be good and perfect! Trust Him!