“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Trusting God in the midst of heartache can be one of the most challenging steps of faith we take. Not understanding the “why” behind something is frustrating. We want answers to our questions, when none are forthcoming, at least in the present moment, it can wreak havoc.
Trust is defined as firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Instead of asking why, ask how firm is my belief in God? How much do I believe the reliability and truth of His word? Do I believe He has the ability and strength to handle whatever situation you are facing?
These are questions you can find answers too. Simply look back at what He has already done. Remember what caused you to believe in God in the first place. Recall how the truth of His word changed your life. Ponder the ability and strength He showed during a different situation you thought, at the time was impossible.
When you begin to remember what God has already done, it lessens the necessity to know the “why” of right now. You can trust, just as He had the last situation, He also has this one.
You can begin to rely on the truth of His word which says He has a plan and it’s a good one (Jer. 29:11). You can find your joy in His strength (Neh. 8:10.) You don’t have to be afraid, He promises He is with you (Isaiah 41:10). You can find safety in the strength of His name (Proverbs 18:10). You can have His peace (John 14:27) as you weather any storm. He is your refuge (Psalm 46:1). Your hope (Isaiah 40:31).
You can begin to trust.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“…Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31