Let me ask you a question. Do you trust in God?
Learning how to trust God in difficult times isn’t an easy feat.
I’ll be honest with you; some days, I think, “What the hell is going to happen?” or “How am I going to make it through?” or “Is this going to get done by the time it needs to be done?” and maybe all of the above.
And then I turn to God and say, “Um, hello?”
You see, God sees the full picture.
He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end (Revelation 1:8). The Lord knew you before you were formed (Jeremiah 1:5). He knows your every heartfelt thought and desire; He also knows and cares for the intimate details of our day to day lives and the worries that accompany them (Psalm 139:1-2).
It’s easy to believe we’ve been left to our own devices, though. Just the other day I was sobbing about returning home soon to the States without Stuart.
If anyone has been in a long distance relationship, you will understand the grief at the thought of being apart even if it’s temporary. There’s so much to worry over with regards to his green card application. A lot of it is yet to be figured out and with my deadline to return back to the States in September, we’re both feeling the stress.
I know I’m not alone in feeling so overwhelmed by my day to day affairs that I fail to seek God’s input. I personally wish I looked to my Bible as much as I looked at my phone.
Learning how to trust in God is learning to seek His input.
God specifically instructs that His word is “a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path” (Psalm 119:105). He also says in John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m so thankful we have His heart and voice in the written word. I can’t imagine life without it; if I was learning how to trust in God without His Holy word I’d be continually punching in the dark, questioning, “God, is this what you want?” or “Am I doing this right?” or “Where do I go from here?”
The truth is, you aren’t going to find a specific blueprint for the structure of your life in the Bible.
You won’t always find a map with instructions on what to do in every difficult situation either.
What you will find however is God’s immense love for his beloved children. The Bible is a massive book of testimonies of people like you and I; people that love God with their entire being and seek His instruction, guidance, and help.
We are not alone; in fact, it’s the opposite:
His word reminds us we don’t need to be perfect; His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When we read His word, we’re reminded that a mind that is rooted in His word is at perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3-4).
It reminds us that we are not alone in our suffering; He understands suffering and pain intimately through his sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews 4:16).
We are reminded through His word that we are to cast our worries and anxieties onto Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
We are instructed to not entertain anxious thoughts and instead give everything over to prayer (Philippians 4:6).
We’re reminded that God has a unique and individual plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).
And of course, we’re reminded there is the hope of what’s to come for those that believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 3:16).
These promises are only scratching the surface.
God speaks to us through His word; He may not specifically tell you what His plan is, but you can be assured that through His word we can trust that He is a loving and trustworthy God.
He will allow us to know what we need to know when we need to know it.
The Lord is not a god of confusion but clarity nor contempt but absolute, irrevocable, unfathomable love. Be assured through the promises He’s kept to us generation after generation, exemplified, again, in His word.
It’s true, learning how to trust God in difficult times isn’t an easy feat. You won’t find a blueprint for your life in the Bible, but you will remember His promises. And we can be sure rooting ourselves and abiding in His promises will sustain us.
So, have you opened your Bible today?