In God We Trust?

(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from our monthly contributor, Katie Orr.)

Trusting God is hard for me.

See, I like to trust in what I know; what I see, what I can understand. So when life throws me something unexpected—something I can’t understand what the purpose is—I struggle to trust that God has a plan.

If I can remember WHO God is, and cling ever-so-tightly to who I KNOW Him to be, trusting God—REALLY trusting Him—can be a reality for me.

It can be for you, too.

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How to REALLY Trust God.

I get this backward all the time. I try to turn it into a checklist, this trusting-in-God-thing. Problem is, it isn’t something that can be accomplished. I cannot trust God by taking steps.

I trust God by believing better.

This is the route to trust. Not my actions. Not my self-will. It is only the soul who is utterly convinced in the character of an all-sufficient God who finds the secret to trusting God.

Tucked away in the heart of the Psalms there is a passage I love, which illuminates the character of God in such a way that spurs me on to trust Him.

God Sees

The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. (Psalm 33:13-15 ESV)

The God of the universe—the all-mighty, enthroned Creator—sees you and me.

He knows how many hairs are on your head. He chose you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He knows your every thought, action, and word. He knew you when your mother carried you those long nine months (Psalm 139).

He sees what you are going through. The toddler-tantrums. The teenage-hormones. The sleepless nights.

He sees everything that is happening—even the things that take you completely by surprise. He never sleeps. He’s never shocked. He does not miss a thing.

He sees and He knows.

God Saves

The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:16-19 ESV)

God is in the business of rescuing people, for the glory of His name. As Christians, we have been rescued from the death-grip of sin.

Already…but not yet.

Our eternal destiny is secure, but our daily reality tells us that sin is still present. We still need saving, and He is continually in the process of delivering our bodies out from the influence of sin (Romans 6:6).

The very thing you want to be saved from is probably the very thing He is using to save you from the grip of sin.

Let us not be so quick to wish away our difficult circumstances, but instead trust that He is using our struggles to save us from the sin in which we are so easily entangled (Hebrews 12:1).

God is Sovereign

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22 ESV)

He is in control, friends.

Did you hear me?

God is in control.

When your world feels like it is falling apart.

God is in control.

When your hearts feels as if it will burst from overwhelming dispair.

God is in control.

When the unthinkable happens.

God is in control.

I love the way verse 14 puts this: “…from where he sits enthroned…”

God is in control.

Do you have a hard time trusting God?

How do you think focusing more on the character of God, and less on your action plan will help you entrust your days to God? Join the discussion here.

Comments

  1. My desire to be in control is constantly threatening my ability to trust. You are so right. If he SEES it all, why can’t I rest in the fact that he knows what is best? Only He can make the best decisions for me. I need to leave it in His hands.

  2. To say that I have a hard time trusting God is a gross understatement at times. The funny thing is for the little and the HUGE things in life I’m pretty good at relying on God’s grace. Its those in between things in life that I think I have some say and control over that I have a hard time waiting on the Lord and trusting in his plan. My mantra for those difficult situations? “Thy will be done”. Amen and thanks for the post.

  3. Kimmomof4boys says:

    I was just reading about Paul and his trials, not removed from them, but provided for in a midst of them. He wrote many a great encouragement to the saints during that period,.

    Reading from “Stream in the Desert” Today’s entry was about Paul and his suffering, not being immune to the practicality of life. ……..
    Feb 22-No Miracles: “God’s promises and God’s Providences do not lift us out of the plane of common sense and commonplace trial, but it is through these very things that faith is perfected, and that God loves to interweave the golden threads of His love along the warp and woof of our every day experience.” –Hard Places in the Way of Faith .

  4. These words are perfect. Perfect. I have been struggling so much these last few weeks with the struggles that we are going through. Things have been tough for many months…financially, everything imaginable breaking down or needing to be replaced…. and it’s all been culminating to these awful things these past few weeks….more things breaking, job changing bringing on more a more difficult schedule for the family, toddler absolutely pushing the limits on boundaries and discipline as much as she can, us getting sick….. I keep repeating the words and verses from your post. This is exactly what I needed to encourage me today. God has not forgotten us (though it seems as if He has!). But I love what you said: “The very thing you want to be saved from is probably the very thing He is using to save you from the grip of sin. ” He certainly has us close to the refining fire lately, but I will trust that His plan is to rid us of the distrust, the anger, the lack of faith, everything, that He wants to rid us of.

  5. I don’t doubt that God is in control. My problem is that he allows bad things to happen. I am often very fearful of anything happening to myself or my family. I know God has the ultimate say in what we all go through in our lives, but, again, I don’t like that he allows people to be hurt.

    • Thank you for your honesty, Sharon. I fully realize that I make these “faith-filled” declarations on this side of the very difficult. That is, I have yet to experience life-crushing tragedy. My hope is to grow in the knowledge of who He is in such a way that when the unthinkable happens, His grace will carry me through, and I will allow it, because I will be SURE that He is good.

      Thankful we can take our questions and doubts to Him.

  6. It is very hard to trust. Hard to trust and hard to believe He cares that much about each and every one of us when he is so Big and we are so small. More and more, I am thankful for the Bible and the Truth within it. To be able to learn more about Him and His love.

  7. I just found out this past week that I am expecting my first baby – at 35 years old, after years of begging God for marriage and babies. Needless to say I am so ecstatic and overwhelmed with feelings of thankfulness.

    But along with my wonderful thoughts came the fear – all the fears of all the unknowns, all the things that could go wrong. I immediately went to the Psalms, and this one has helped me “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7. I am choosing to rejoice fully in this time and be steadfast in knowing that whatever comes my way I can trust God to take care of me. He is sovereign.

    Thank you for this truth-filled post today!

  8. It helps me to know that when life seems out of control, He’s using it to refine me. It seems out of control to me, but I remind myself that He has it all under control.
    Trust is my one word for 2012, and I’m finding that the more time I spend with Him, the more I am able to let go and trust Him.

    In Christ,
    Laura

  9. I am still in the process of trusting Him . I totally agree that the difficult situation we are in is the tool that God use to mould us. I always have a problem of anger and patience and God really use my daughter to help me to exercise the fruit of the spirit. Each day I am living by His grace.

  10. There’s a song I like by 10th Avenue North.. the chorus: “He’ll break open the sky to save those who cry out His Name, the One the wind and waves obey is strong enough to save you.”

    And here’s the issue. I believe that. But since our youngest son died 3 years ago, I don’t TRUST it/Him.. And honestly, I don’t know what to do about it anymore…

    • Hi Kathryn, thank you for sharing with us! I know your heart must ache. I don’t have any answered for you.

      But, He is good.

      Just cling to that.

      I read this passage this morning, and felt led to share it with you.

      The Lord upholds all who are falling
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      The eyes of all look to you,
      and you give them their food in due season.
      You open your hand;
      you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
      The Lord is righteous in all his ways
      and kind in all his works.
      The Lord is near to all who call on him,
      to all who call on him in truth.
      He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
      he also hears their cry and saves them (Psalm 145:14 – 145:19 ESV)

      {Lord, bring great comfort to your precious daughter. Give her the grace to understand your ways. Protect her heart. Bring healing. Mend the ache she feels, through your presence. We don’t understand why you allow something to happen to us which brings such great pain. But, we cling to the truth that you are good. You love us. You have a great purpose in this pain. Help us to see.}

      • Thank you, Katie. And thank you for commenting on my “open letter” (to Seth) post. It reminded me of some of the miracles that God has/continues to do.. It’s SO hard to haev an open heart, isn’t it?

  11. Please pray about my mother`s health. She had a trauma of a back in two places, of right hand and leg just a year ago. Now she can walk, thanks to God. She is very mobile person and I am afraid she can self-harm again. Also I`d like to ask you to pray about my mother`s neighbor. She has water in the lungs. We are afraid she will die. I`d like to ask you to pray to God to give her more days (or years) to live. And to be healed. Let it be God`s will in all that.

    • {God, we ask that you would bring healing in your way, and in your timing. Use these hard situations for your glory. Show Tetyana how she can be a blessing to them.}

  12. Thank you for your prayers!

  13. Also I had a conflict with my head. Please pray to dissolve it correctly. thank you very much.

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