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!
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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 as Creator, He is certainly capable of handling anything life throws our way! But in practice, trusting in the Lord can be 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.
As Creator of the universe, God is certainly capable of handling anything life throws our way!
- 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. (Proverbs 3:5)
- God always acts on the behalf of those who place their trust in Him. (Psalm 37:5)
- 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. (Romans 8:28)
- Worrying never amounts to anything… ever. Jesus said that worries can’t add a single moment to our lives. (Matthew 6:27)
- God promises to take care of our basic needs as our loving Father. (Matthew 6:31-34)
- God has great plans for our lives. He longs to give us full and satisfying lives in Him. (John 10:10)
- God is faithful. Trust in Him always leads to a strong and fruitful life. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
- God loves us and deeply cares for us. As our heavenly Father, He desires the best for our lives. (1 Peter 5:7)
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 the Bible disagrees with that statement. While the Scriptures do tell us that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can say no to (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)
*Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
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