I’ve said I trust God many times throughout my life. I’ve declared my faith in Him. My belief that He loves me and is for me.
But if I am honest, while the words came out of my mouth . . . they didn’t come out of my heart.
Because while trusting God is easy when everything is going right. It’s a lot harder to keep trusting God in difficult times.
When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, I discovered the difference between saying you trust God and living out of that trust.
Because I spent years praying for God to take this illness away . . . but He didn’t.
And yet, that led to something startling.
The very thing I begged God to take away . . . became the very thing I am now grateful for.
Because it is what taught me how to trust God completely.
Living with a debilitating health condition is hard and yet the struggle has shown me there are many reasons to trust God in EVERY circumstance.
- Why Do We Need to Trust God?
- How do you trust God in all situations?
- 1) Trust God Because . . . He knows what He is doing.
- 2) Trust God Because . . . He is all-powerful.
- 3) Trust God Because . . . He is faithful.
- 4) Trust God Because . . . He has a plan.
- 5) Trust God Because . . . He doesn’t change.
- 6) Trust God Because . . . He’s always with us.
- 7) Trust God Because . . . He gets it.
- 8) Trust God Because . . . God’s Word is truth.
- 9) Trust God Because . . . He has a purpose for the pain.
- 10) Trust God Because . . . He loves you and is for you.
- What does it mean to trust God?
Why Do We Need to Trust God?
Trusting God is how we show our love and belief in Him.
Every relationship is based on trust. The deeper the trust . . . the more intimate and close the relationship gets.
God doesn’t just want part of you. He wants all of you.
He wants to be intimately known by you. And for you to grow even closer to Him.
That is why Jesus said He is the vine and we are the branches. He knows our life works best when we are connected to Him.
A branch literally shares everything with the vine.
In the same way, God calls us to trust Him and share everything with Him. To cling to Him. To live every moment of every day in total dependence on Him.
Without the vine, the branch shrivels up and dies.
And without God . . . our hearts, minds, and souls die.
How do you trust God in all situations?
When we think about what the Bible says about trusting God at all times, we are reminded of how often God tells us not to be afraid. To have faith.
And to believe in Him.
This is where it all starts. Because you can’t trust someone you don’t know.
The Bible is how God shows us who He is. And that He can be trusted.
If we want to learn how to trust God in all circumstances we have to read more of God’s Word. We have to meditate on it. And study it.
While it isn’t always easy, there are many examples and verses in the Bible that show us the many reasons we can have faith and trust God in every situation.
We can trust God because:
- He knows what He is doing.
- He is all-powerful.
- He is faithful.
- He has a plan.
- He doesn’t change.
- He’s always with us.
- He gets it.
- God’s Word is truth.
- He has a purpose for the pain.
- He loves you and is for you.
Let’s take a closer look at these 10 reasons to trust God.
1) Trust God Because . . . He knows what He is doing.
God has a much greater perspective than we do. He can see all of our past, present, and future simultaneously.
He also knows how our life intersects and interacts with everyone around us.
This means He knows so much more than we do about what we are going through.
He alone completely understands how to handle our situation and work in it for the best outcome.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”-Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
2) Trust God Because . . . He is all-powerful.
Right now, God is holding the entire universe in His hands. The sun rose and set today because God commanded it to.
Our situation may look hopeless to us . . . but with God all things are possible.
Even when everything around us feels out of control . . . God is still in control.
He is still on His throne.
And He will never let us go.
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’”-Matthew 19:26 NLT
3) Trust God Because . . . He is faithful.
If we study what the Bible says about trusting God in difficult times, we will soon discover how often the Bible talks about God’s faithfulness.
Reading through verses on faith reminds us of the many promises God has made to us.
Reading through many of the Biblical stories shows us God is worthy of our trust.
Because He has a perfect track record of keeping His promises.
(How many people can say that?)
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”-Joshua 23:14 NIV
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”-Numbers 23:19 NIV
4) Trust God Because . . . He has a plan.
God’s will cannot be thwarted or changed by anyone.
He isn’t surprised or caught off guard by what we are going through. He saw it coming and He already knows how it will all work out.
He has a perfect plan for our lives.
A plan that will take everything we go through and work it out for our ultimate good. And His glory.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
5) Trust God Because . . . He doesn’t change.
While everything in this world changes . . . God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today, and for all of eternity.
God is always the same.
This means He is the perfectly strong foundation we can build our life on. He is the One we can always depend on. The One we can always count on to be there.
The rising and setting sun attest to His faithfulness.
In a world full of chaos and confusion, God is constant. Steady.
He is the One we can lean on when everything is going wrong.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”-Hebrews 13:8 NLT
6) Trust God Because . . . He’s always with us.
God has promised He will never leave us. He is always right by our side ready to help us, guide us, and comfort us.
If we are believers, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. (No one else will ever be that close to us.)
So, while we may feel alone, the truth is we are not alone.
Our feelings may be lying to us.
Because in our darkest moments, God is right by our side. He is close to the brokenhearted and comforts those who mourn. (Psalm 34:18)
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”-Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
7) Trust God Because . . . He gets it.
Jesus came to this Earth and lived for 33 years as a normal human being.
Just like you and me.
He endured long, hot days and dark, cold nights. He went through suffering and betrayal. Dealt with sore muscles and hunger pains. Headaches and heartbreaks.
Jesus understands how we feel.
He can relate to what we are going through because He has been through suffering, too.
And knowing He understands makes it easier to trust Him.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”-Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV
8) Trust God Because . . . God’s Word is truth.
Most of the things we buy come with an instruction manual. And it’s the same thing with us human beings.
We come with an instruction manual for living life well.
And that instruction manual . . . is the Bible.
Written by approximately 40 men over the course of 1500 years in three different languages. And yet, there is continuity in the overall message throughout the entire Bible.
It doesn’t contradict itself. Because the authors were inspired by God to write it.
He guided the whole process in order to give us His true and living Word. To show us how to live and how to trust Him.
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”-Psalm 119:160 ESV
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”-2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
9) Trust God Because . . . He has a purpose for the pain.
Nothing in this life is wasted. God can use anything and everything for our good.
He can use our hard times:
- To grow our faith and help us learn to depend on Him.
- To develop compassion and empathy in us for others who are suffering.
- To cause us to let go of this life and long a little more for eternity.
- And many other things.
When life doesn’t feel good, we can trust God is working it all out for our good . . . because He loves us.
“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
10) Trust God Because . . . He loves you and is for you.
This is probably the single most important reason we should trust God.
Everything He does is out of love for us.
- From creating us to dying on a cross to save us.
- From talking with us every day. To comforting us and guiding us along the way.
- From ensuring the world keeps turning today. To preparing a future home for us. Where there will be no more suffering or pain.
When we finally get how passionately God loves us . . . it becomes much easier to trust Him.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? . . . No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”-Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
What does it mean to trust God?
So, what does it really mean to trust God? And how can we show our trust in God?
It all starts by having faith in Him. By believing He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.
- To step out in faith and do what He tells us to do.
- To trust and obey.
- To keep following Him every day, knowing no matter what we face, we will be okay.
Because He will give us the comfort, strength, and grace we need to face whatever comes our way.
God has given us many reasons to trust Him.
So, we no longer have to live afraid.
With Jesus by our side . . . we can live brave.
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