How To Trust God? Trusting God is something that God wants you to do. But it is easier said than done. It can be so hard to learn how to trust God when everything around you is going wrong or when it looks like nothing is happening. As humans we have senses and it is easy to believe in things that we can see, feel, or touch. It can be hard to “trust in the Lord” when you really don’t know what He is doing or where He is leading you. The key to learning how to trust God is that you are choosing to have faith. God is literally asking you to believe in something that you cannot see. We often talk to God and feel His presence, but what happens when God has told you something; such as a purpose, marriage, child, or a situation that you have been waiting to come to pass, and years go by and it still has not happened yet? Will you still be able to trust God then?
When God tells you something it is exciting. At first you go full speed ahead all happy waiting for the promise that God has told you to come to pass. But then days go by, weeks, months, and then years and you start to think:
“ Did I hear God right?”
Is this (fill in the blank) really going to happen?
As humans we start to get mad at God wondering when the promise will start to pass or even doubting that it would come to pass at all. A huge story for me when learning how to trust God is the story of Abraham (Read Genesis 22). When God told Abraham he was going to have a child despite his barren wife. I am sure he jumped for joy. But then years pass, things didn’t change. Then more years past, and kids pretty much started to seem impossible. His wife was past child bearing years and it did not even seem possible that he was going to have a natural child.
Abraham knew that he heard from God, but then his wife thought that perhaps he had heard God wrong. Perhaps all this waiting and trusting in the Lord that they were doing was in vein. God did not really mean that Sarah and Abraham were going to have a child but her own womb. How could that be because Sarah could not physically have any children.
So then Sarah does something that many of us tend to do when we are not seeing the promises that God gave us come to pass. They started to make the promise come true on their own. They said to themselves, surely, God meant that He was going to use Hagar (Sarah’s servant) to bring them a child.
And so was born Ishmael. This type of forcing God’s will started all types of problems. Sarah and Hagar were at war. And forcing God’s will brought more torment on her than she would have thought. She was forced to share her husband. And this direct disobedience of God’s will, God stop talking to Abraham for over a decade.
When deciding to trust God there are times when we feel that we must act. There may be nothing happening. Your job is not here. Your husband or wife is not here. That child that God promised is not here, and then our faith in God starts to fade and do things our way. You start to think there must be something extra that you need to do on your part to hurry things along.
That is how us humans think. God does not see it that way. When you learn how to trust God, He wants you to trust Him even when things seem impossible. That is to grow your faith. It hurts us because we do not want to wait. We want what we want now and when we don’t get it, we think that God has lied to us or something and we try to make it happen. Even though trying to make something happen on your own seems like the most obvious answer it is also the opposite of trusting God to do what He said He was going to do, by taking things into your own hands. God does not need our help to make His promises come to pass. He can do things all on His own.
Going back to the story of Abraham (Genesis 22), when he finally got his golden child Isaac. God told Abraham to go and offer his son as a sacrifice. In lamest terms God basically told Abraham to go kill his son Isaac (the one that he waited all this time for) so that Abraham could prove that he loved God more than he loved what God had promised him. Talk about needing some faith.
This is really some hard stuff to digest. Historians agree that Isaac had to be around 30 years old, when this happened. Therefore, this took trusting God on both Abraham and Isaac parts. Abraham had to trust that somehow God was going to change His mind about killing Isaac. Or after he killed Isaac, God would do some miraculous resurrection from the dead. God promised Abraham a son and from him would be many decedents, so how could God permanently kill Isaac, the only son he had?
Isaac, being a grown man had to trust that his father was a man of God. He submitted to being tied up and was more than likely looking at the dagger in his father’s hand, ready to kill him. He had to trust that some how some way he was not going to die that day, despite what was going on around him.
Can you trust the Lord that much?
If I were Isaac my father would have been chasing me up and down the mountain side if he told me he were going to tie me up, kill me, and that somehow this is God’s will.
When you look at whatever you are trusting God for, it pales in comparison doesn’t it?
You have to believe that if God has told you something you have to trust that He going to fulfill it. And like Issac even though it looks like you may be about to die, you have to trust that not all is as it seems and that somehow someway, God’s promise to you will come to pass.
Abraham waiting for Isaac, beyond the years that he and his wife were biologically able to have kids. I sure somewhere past his 90th birthday, Abraham thought this may not happen for me. I mind as well get over it.
But God is not a liar and so He did fulfill His promise. And who knows it may have been done sooner if Abraham and his wife did not go about their own way and create Ishmael.
The morale of this story is to start trusting God. And do not go about things your own way.
Look beyond what you see and know that God is going to do whatever it is He told you He was going to do. You have to trust that God’s time, is the best time. And honestly, this is often easier said than done. But you have to. The whole process is designed to teach you how to trust God. To teach you how to look beyond what you see and that God is going to do what he said he will do. You do not want to go making of mess of things, leaving God to clean it up, prolonging the promise that He has given you.