What do you do when life doesn’t go the way you thought it would? When the diagnosis comes back and the tumor has grown? When the marriage is quickly heading towards divorce no matter how much you’ve prayed that things would be fixed? When the pregnancy test keeps coming back “negative” after all the medications are taken and specialists consulted? For Christians, it’s not about having the answers. Rather, it is about putting our faith in the One who we know has them all. The Bible is full of verses that show the importance of trusting God. Here’s a few to use in tough times.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”
A personal favorite of mine, Paul tells the Roman church that everything they’re facing is working for their benefit. It’s not because what they were dealing with was “good” by any means, but Paul encouraged this body of believers to hold onto their faith in a God who was (and still is) able to make bad things work for their good.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
David wrote these verses at a very fearful time in his life. First of all, this verse is encouraging because we can see that experiencing fear does not necessarily equate to a lack of faith. David, a man after God’s own heart, said “WHEN” he was afraid he would trust God. Fearful things come against us; but those moments of fear are the moments that God can use to increase our faith.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Ready for some good news? You don’t have to understand why you’re dealing with what you’re dealing with. How awesome is that?! As a matter of fact, Solomon (the wisest man to ever live) actually exhorts us to NOT try to understand everything going on in our lives. Our understanding is finite, but we have a God who has seen the end from the beginning.
If you look back at your life, I’m sure you can find countless times where God has proven His trustworthiness in your life. Revisit those times, and rest in these verses to know that He will do so again.