Trusting God In All Circumstances
How can you trust God in all circumstances? I know that it can be hard to hold on and to continue to have faith when a situation seems to stay the same or get worse. But there are some things that you can do to help you to hold on even when things look dark. There is always hope if you don’t give up, you can start Trusting God In All Circumstances.
Believe me, I know what it feels like when your back is against the wall and you are just waiting for God to step in and rescue you and I will share some of my experiences and how I was able to continue trusting God.
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What Is Faith?
According to the dictionary, faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
What Is The Biblical Definition Of Faith?
According to my NLT Study Bible, faith is reliance, loyalty, or complete trust in God.
We see that both definitions used the word trust so let's see what my NLT Study Bible has to say about what is trust in God?
Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something – to place confidence or depend, to commit or place in one’s care or keeping, to rely on their truthfulness or accuracy.
When we say that we have faith in God that is what it represents. We are to totally trust Him that He will do what He said that He would do. We need to rely on him and be loyal. That is a big one, if you are loyal to someone then you don’t turn your back on them. When we doubt God it's like we are turning our back on him and saying that He can’t be trusted to do what He said that he would do.
And this all starts with a relationship.
Develop A Relationship With God
How can you continue trusting God in difficult times? You need to develop a relationship with Him. You can only trust someone that you have developed a relationship. We don’t randomly trust strangers…yes I know that there may be some emergencies that arise when you have to trust someone even when you don’t know them but that is pretty rare.
In our definition of trust, you know what stood out to me? The part that says assured reliance on the character of someone. You only know someone’s character if you know the person. Yes, you can go by what others tell you about the person, but that is second-hand knowledge, to truly trust someone’s character firsthand knowledge of who they are is needed, they need to have shown you something that you can say ok, I can trust this person.
It’s the same way with God. We have the Bible that shows us countless situations of God’s character. If you study the Bible, the Holy Spirit will begin to reveal the character of God to you and you will learn how to trust God completely. As you develop a closer relationship with God through prayer, praise worship, and study you will begin to know who he is.
He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel.
We should aspire to develop the type of relationship that Moses had with God. I don’t just want to see God’s acts; I want to know who he is and it's at that point that true faith can be built, which will help you to have faith in God during hard times.
Talk To God
Ask God if there is anything in your life that is hindering you from receiving your answer or breakthrough.
There are times when there are things that we are doing or have done that can prevent us from seeing our answered prayer. Repentance is so important. We have to ensure that there is no unrepented sin or habitual sins in our lives, sometimes, it not even a sin that we are committing but it could be some type of behavior that is just not right as a child of God.
Be honest with yourself when the Holy Spirit reveals it to you acknowledge and make the change.
I’ve had situations in my life when the Holy Spirit revealed what the issue was, it took me a few days to come to terms with it. I had to be honest with myself, it's not fun when you are told that there is certain behavior that you need to stop.
The funny thing is when the Holy Spirit revealed it to me, I knew immediately that it was true. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, because changing isn’t always easy, but if it is from God then it is necessary for us to grow.
I’ll give you a few examples, maybe we had a bad reaction to a situation or a bad attitude, perhaps we treated someone wrong and without love. We know that there are people in our lives that can sometimes be hard to love, and we have to love them regardless and let the Holy Spirit teach us how to love the unlovable in our lives.
I just wanted to give a few examples of real-life situations that we all face that can sometimes be the reason that we are still waiting on God. Ask God, if there is anything that you should be doing to see your prayers answered while you are trusting him in all circumstances.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
Sometimes there may be a step that God wants you to take…now I am not saying that is the case for every situation that is why you will need to pray and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
In this verse, we can see that there is some type of action that goes along with having faith in God and the Holy Spirit will reveal that to you and teach you how to have faith in God completely.
You can see that I wanted to start with ensuring that I wasn’t doing anything to prevent my prayers from being answered holding on to Go in difficult times. Now that has been taken care of, I will give you the remaining steps.
Remember Past Victories And Be Thankful
One of the best ways to continue trusting God in tough times is to remember all the other circumstances that He has already brought you through. You can take the time to write it down or you can just think about it. What have you gone through in the past that seemed like it was never going to happen?
What situations were you praying and trusting God to come through for you and He did? What happened when you let go and trust God? This is what helps to build your faith and helps you to develop a relationship with God.
And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” 11 But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. 12 They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. 13 O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? 14 You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.
This Psalm was written by Asaph and you can see that He was doubting God, he thought that God had turned against him because he didn’t see answered prayer. But when He started to remember how wonderful and mighty God his thoughts of doubt were turned into praise.
As you think about what God has done for you remember that he is trustworthy and capable and that will strengthen your faith and help you to trust God with all your heart. As you remember it will turn your thoughts of doubt into praise and thanksgiving. And that will help you to continue to have faith in all circumstances.
Use The Bible To Help Lift You Out Of That State Of Doubt
The Bible is filled with stories of men and women that trusted God in all circumstances, trusted God’s plan, and trusted God’s timing and He brought them through and delivered them. Some of those stories even included men and women that had a little doubt but God is so gracious that he still did it for them anyway.
I’ll give you a few examples to help you out.
- Abraham and Sarah
- Jesus calming the storm
- David and Goliath
- Jesus raising Lazarus
Just to name a few.
Choose To Trust God
It’s really up to you to make the choice to trust God in difficult times. You could go through all of those steps and still not trust because you didn’t make the choice to trust. God gave us free will and it is up to us to make the right decisions, He is not going to force us to trust him. Choose to trust God with all your heart.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
All those Bible verses are so uplifting but what they all have in common is that they are a choice, trust in the Lord, do not worry, do not get tired. Those are all conscious decisions that we have to make to continually trust God in all circumstances. But remember that we don’t have to do this on our own, we have the Holy Spirit.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
We have a helper that we can depend on, how awesome is God that he didn’t leave us to figure it out on our own, but he sent the Holy Spirit to help us.
I pray that this was helpful for you and that you now see that you can trust God in all circumstances, He is a wonderful Father and he has a plan for your life to give you hope and a good future.
I know that a lot of times we say God come through for me and I will trust you, but perhaps God is saying to us…trust me and I will come through for you.
What point did you find most helpful? For me it was choose to trust God, so now I try to make a daily conscious decision to trust God and show faith in my daily life.
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