Trusting God. Why do we, as Christians, sometimes have trouble with just simply remembering to trust God?
Do you know, friend, what’s one thing that’s super important that we, as followers of Christ, need to do?
Any guesses? Okay, fine. I’ll tell you.
The answer is: trust God.
I know, I know. That’s kind of How to Be a Christian 101, right?
But, why do so many of us struggle with that? Yes. Me, included.
Learning to Trust God
Alright, time for me to be honest here.
Since spring arrived, I’ve been in a place in my life where I’ve kind of wondered just what in the world God’s plan is. I’m sure you’ve been in a spot like this, too. Maybe you’re there now. Or maybe, you’ll be in this place next month, next week, or tomorrow even. I don’t know, reader. But, I feel we all get there a time or two.
I know for sure that the things that I wanted for my life just haven’t worked out like I had planned. But, after some tantrums and some prayer, I finally came to the conclusion a long while ago that whatever God has planned for me, that’s the plan I want to submit to and follow. When God leads us, every curve and bump is part of the plan. Click To Tweet
He has something better planned than I ever could have imagined.
And I know that.
But, sometimes, I struggle with actually trusting that God has a plan.
Take It to Prayer
If you’ve been in a situation I’m referring to, you know what I’m talking about.
You finally surrender your plans to God and let Him lead. You know deep down in your heart the path you’re going to walk isn’t going to be what you thought it would be. You’re okay with that. There’s been umpteen examples in the Bible of people surrendering to God and ending up in a place they didn’t expect to be. You expect this to happen, too.
You start to see glimpses of His plan. And you start to think you know where it is He is leading you.
But, next thing you know, He takes you around a curve you didn’t expect. And this curve is what makes you start to wonder and, if we’re honest, doubt God’s plan. You start to waver in your trust in God and start to think His plan won’t work.
This, friend, is where you need to stop and pray about it.
Earlier this week as I was getting ready for work, this is exactly what I had to do. I just had to stop and pray, “Lord, I trust you. But, my faith is wavering. This is hard, would you help me?” (Okay, completely paraphrasing, but you get the gist.)
God Knows Them That Trust in Him
My dear blogging friend, Cindy Barnes, has been leading a Bible study on Nahum. As I sat and was working through the study, one particular scripture jumped off the page and slapped me right in the face. I’m surprised I’m not walking around with an imprint, honestly.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Now, friend, I know the book of Nahum is about God taking revenge on Ninevah. But, Nahum 1:7 is something we all can cling to.
Let’s take a look at what that scripture says, shall we?
The Lord is good. Well, yeah. We all know and believe that.
A strong hold in the day of trouble. Also, yeah. We know that. Proverbs 18:10 confirms it. That scripture says, The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
He knoweth them that trust in him. Ooooh, here we go.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be known by God. It doesn’t matter who else knows me. As long as God knows who I am, then all is fine. But, it requires that I trust God.
When God is leading us, all the wrong turns and curves (or so we seem to think) are there for a reason. His plan has a purpose. When we trust God to lead us and we submit to His will, then we’re glorifying God and we know all things will be done for our good.
He knoweth them that trust in him.