1 firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Trusting God sounds so simple. You read the bible, you know He’s a good guy, and bam! You trust him and everything is great. Sometimes it really is that simple, but typically it stops being quite so easy the minute you start having questions, have to make a decision, or feel like you’re stuck in a situation. There are a million ways to doubt God, but I can tell you from a great deal of experience that the only way to overcome doubt is to give it to God. Trust is an action and even in doubt you have to make the decision to trust that God will deliver you from your confusion.
Do you have faith? Do you believe that God will do what he says? Do you believe that He loves you? Do you actually think that God is listening to you and wants the best for you? Have you asked him what is happening? Have you then listened for a response?
In whatever you are doubting, whether it be His existence, His hand in your life, or what He is allowing to happen, the best answers are going to come through prayer. I don’t know why God allows certain things to happen and then prevents other things from happening. I don’t know why He has you where you’re at right now. I don’t know what he’s trying to teach you.
What I do know is that you will not find those answers though earthly understanding. Ask God. He tells us that we can go boldly before HIm. He tells us that we are beloved and treasured. He tells us that the church is His bride. Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to watch you treasured bride wallowing in grief, doubt, and anger but her not be willing to talk to you about it?
God wants us to trust Him and to love Him. If you have questions, ask. If you have doubts, tell him and ask that he shows you the truth. Get raw and get intimate with the one who knitted you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139).
Sources of Distrust and doubt:
Believing the lie that we know what’s best for us.
Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day it is own trouble.
1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
Believing the lie that He isn’t listening or doesn’t care about how we’re suffering.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond you ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
John 11: 33-35 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”Jesus wept.
Believing the lie that He doesn’t want what’s best for us.
Psalm 37: 3-4 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me.
Believing the lie that our timeline is better than His.
2 Peter 8: 3-9 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Truths that are hard to hear: God can say no to you. God may be asking you to wait. God will ask you to do things that you do not like. God is not limited by our social norms. God’s plan is not necessarily our plan. God loves you more than you could ever imagine and has not abandoned you even in your doubt.
Prayers for times of doubt:
Mark 9:23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 14:36 And [Jesus] said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.
Mark 14:38 The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who’re in Christ Jesus. of the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
God has given you gifts of the spirit to help you in your times of doubt. If you want to trust God, ask him to increase your faith and illuminate your doubt. Ask Him to search your heart and draw you near when you are weak. Bad things happen and they happen to everyone just the same. The difference in those who suffer and those who triumph is our level of trust. Doubt is okay and it’s a very real part of being human, but don’t let doubt define your relationship with the world and with God. Read His promises, seek comfort in community, and pray intimately that you will learn all that you need to through your time of doubt.
Right now my sorority is going through a difficult time filled with doubt. One of my sisters was in a serious scooter accident and suffered critical injuries. We continue to pray and we continue to listen for good news. Just as I would love to pray for you, I ask that you pray for us through this time.
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