Brian is an aspiring writer that seeks to inform and educate the public through informative and educational pieces from various categories.
Like it or not, all of us have a different starting point in life. Some people are born into privilege, whilst some have to struggle and work hard to make ends meet. This, however, is not the parameter to justify our journey on earth or dictate the way our life should turn out. I believe many of us face different circumstances in life that may make us wonder whether we can get out of it alive to tell the story.
There are those amongst us that fight invisible internal battles daily. There is no life that is ‘perfect’ without challenges. Even the wealthiest people or the happiest people have got something going on in their life, which outsiders are oblivious to. It all boils down to the perspective you assign to the things that happen to you.
Life is unpredictable as we know; one day you may be on top of the world and seem content with everything you have, the next second the rug under your feet can just be pulled out abruptly without warning for whatever reason. How you respond when this happens says a lot about your character.
We just have to embrace the fact of life, whereby there are bound to be ups and downs along the way. It is not possible to lead a problem-free life and not be challenged, because if that is the case, then you are not truly living and going through the process of being. When times are good, it is easier to have a positive outlook and grateful attitude. From a spiritual aspect, we may find it easier to praise God and proclaim our faith in Him during those joyous moments. It is when times are difficult, that our faith and belief are tested. On the other hand, God’s unchanging character provides a firm foundation when things feel unsteady and uncertain. Anything may happen and knock us off our feet, but as long as we stay grounded in our faith, it will be easier for us to pull through.
Uncertainty of how things will turn out when we hit rock bottom, may make us feel restless. Life could be going along smoothly for a season - you secured a decent paying job that gives you satisfaction, you have friends and family that are loving, you are at the top of your game with your goals, finances, and health in check. Overall, your future outlook seems bright and promising. Out of a sudden, life throws you a curveball. Someone you know gets sick. You lose your job. A friend or family member betrays you. The things that once gave you happiness and made you felt secure were all suddenly gone, leaving you lost and disoriented.
How will you react? Will you still trust that God will be there for you in such circumstances? Does it make sense for you to continue putting your trust in Him when you do not understand what is happening and have no resolution to the predicament that you face? These are indeed valid concerns, and God wants to help you navigate them.
Regardless of what may happen, we can either allow the circumstance to confine or define and build our character. Either ways, the choice is up to us. At times, God put us in a specific situation to see how we will respond and react to the challenges served to us. As a motivational booster and daily pick me up, I always repeat this phrase to myself- “God does not give the hardest battles to His toughest soldier, but instead creates the toughest soldier out of life’s hardest battles.”
We need to have trust in the Lord that He has our best interest in mind. But, what does it mean to trust in God?
Plainly defined, trust is to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of something or a person. So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability, and His strength. The Bible says that God cannot lie and that He always keeps His promises. He loves you and has good in store for you. Trusting in Him means believing what He says about Himself, about the world, and about you is true.
Trusting God is more than a feeling; it is a choice to have faith in what He says even when your feelings or circumstances would have you believe otherwise.
This does not mean that you dismiss your feelings and circumstances. In fact, what you feel matters and is very much worth paying attention to. God cares about your feelings. However, acting on your emotions alone is unreliable and pretty risky. Feelings and emotions can change at any moment, almost instantaneously. God, on the other hand, does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Trust in God that He can do wonders in your life is not about ignoring your feelings or reality. It is not pretending that everything is well, when it is not. Trusting God is living a life of belief and obedience to God even when it is difficult to do so. If you trust someone, you feel comfortable being honest with them about anything. God is much more reliable than even your most trustworthy friend. When things feel difficult, He does not ask you to keep those feelings to yourself.
The bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” Because God loves you, you can show your trust in Him by talking about all your feelings and circumstances with Him. You can pray to Him about anything and literally everything under the Sun — the good, the bad, and pour out all your insecurities to Him in prayer. Do not let your emotions rule your life; bring them to God so He can help you address them. He is not disappointed or frustrated by your struggles, doubts or pain. He cares about you, and you can trust Him with those things.
When you trust, you go to God and His word when life is hard. You also act on obedience by doing what God says in His Word and trust that He will ultimately take care of the rest. In trust, you do not look for security in other things. Instead, you look to God to hold you securely in difficult circumstances. You might not achieve this perfectly, but yet God is kind and patient with you while you learn to trust Him.
In Mark 14:34-36, Jesus Himself felt overwhelmed by what was before Him, and He went straight to His Father. God cares for your hurts. He pays attention. How comforting it is to know that the God of the Universe is paying attention to you? Knowing that God is for you will strengthen your trust in Him during times of hardship and the unknown.
In Genesis 17:17, Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” By the grace of God, Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was over ninety years old. This incident may seem out of the ordinary, but you have to remember that we serve a supernatural God. He makes a way when it seems that there is no way.
Just like what happened for Abraham and Sarah, never underestimate what God can do for you. Do not talk yourself out of your dreams because of your circumstances. Where you are now doesn't have to be where you will stay forever. Do not give up on what God promised you. You can still live a life better than before; you can still meet the right person, start your own business, go to college, and still get married and give birth to a family.
The ‘seed’ of hope is alive in you. You just need to tend to it with a little sprinkle of faith that all will turn out well just as God intended for you. The key would be not to judge the greatness in you by your circumstances. Sarah's circumstances are evident that it is impossible for her to bear children, but still, God made it possible. If Sarah had focused on the opinions of others instead of putting her faith in God, the miracle birth would never have happened. You can draw in the negative with your doubt or you can draw in God's blessings with your faith and trust in Him fully. Do not let what you see around you cause you to give up when you come to a dead-end or hit rock bottom.
Now that you know what it means to trust God, how exactly can you practice that in your everyday life? Here are four practical ways to begin trusting in God and invite Him to play a role in your life.
1. Pray diligently
Praying is simply talking to God. He knows you in and out. What matters is your attitude, your heart, and honesty when you reach out to Him. You can do this anytime and anywhere, regardless of your situation. Pray to Him when you are sad, down, broken, and make it a point to pray and thank Him especially for the good that you experience in your life. Do not ever underestimate the power of prayer and the wonders it can do.
2. Confess your sin and unbelief
As the descendants of Adam and Eve, we are sinful and separated from God. We have at a certain point in our life had impure thoughts, uttered bad words, and committed bad deeds, which the Bible calls ‘sin’. The Bible says, all that have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), will encounter death as a result and spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23).
Be honest when you come before God in prayer. Allow God to remind you who He is and what He promises, and then be honest with Him. You can tell God how you feel and in what areas of your life you are struggling to trust Him. In order to do that, it will be good to acknowledge that His character is good and trustworthy. You can agree with Him that all He says is true. You can also tell Him when it is difficult for you to believe.
It is one thing to know the truth. But it is sometimes hard to believe when life takes an unexpected turn. You are human. You will be unable to confess effectively when your feelings and beliefs are not lining up with His truth. You can ask Him to help you believe what He says is true.
This step will help you to accept that God is bigger than you could ever understand. Confession helps you to humble yourself and allows you to grow in trust. He hears your requests and answers them. He wants to help you grow your faith in Him.
3. Seek truth in Scripture
Scripture or the Bible is God’s Word. God knows you need somewhere to go when you feel unsure. The place to go is to His Word. It is unchanging and completely trustworthy.
The Bible records ways God has responded in difficult times in the past. It reminds you that He is trustworthy whatever your circumstances may be. Many people in the Scripture even reference other parts of the Scripture to encourage themselves and those around them.
The truth of the Scripture frees you from the expectations of earning your salvation (John 8:32). It also frees you from the unrealistic scenarios that you run to in worry. If you do not run to the Word to remind you of truth in difficult times, it is easier for you to be led into lies about your life and who God is.
You need a strong foundation of Scripture to stand on, especially when you feel uncertain. The Bible is God’s unfailing and unchanging word. You can cling to its’ truth when life throws you a curveball.
4. Believe that God loves you and has a plan for you
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in Him shall not die, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" - a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
“God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it did not end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! "Jesus Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
I hope you can see how precious you are to God. You are His creation and He has not brought you forth to this world to suffer for no reason. You may think that your life is over when faced with an extremely dire situation. Never give up hope but instead turn to God to bring you out of whatever circumstances that you are in. Believe that in God, anything is possible. Believe and receive!