By Karen Friday
Can we trust God without hesitation? That’s a good question for us to ponder, no matter how long we have believed in God, or how long we’ve been married. Here’s encouragement for you from my story of learning to trust God more.
Can We Trust God Without Hesitation?
I don’t know what we are going to do.
For the third time in our marriage, it felt as if we were free-falling. Like an amusement park ride, the bottom fell out of our lives.
One of us had once again lost a job or ministry position, our livelihood. Insecurity became my unwelcome companion.
I not only panicked about our financial situation, but I also wondered: what do we do now and where do we go next?
Honestly, I struggled to believe and trust God would get us through this and bring about our good in some way. Even though my trust waned the first couple of times it happened, we had indeed made it through that same hardship.
More importantly, God brought us through it and to the other side of this valley-experience.
When Trusting God Is Difficult
Is trusting God difficult for you? Would you prefer to put your trust in yourself or others?
While we may desire to place our full trust in God’s care, power, control, purpose, and plans, and believe he has our best interest at heart, it’s not an easy thing. In fact, it’s super hard.
So is it possible to fully trust our heavenly Father, without hesitation, no matter our circumstances?
Oh, sure, I trust God when life is going along without a hitch. But what about when life isn’t good?
I’m realizing the Lord grows my faith and trust in him more when life seems unknown than when things are going as planned. He’s growing in me a trust without hesitation.
Learning to Trust God Without Hesitation
Here’s what I’m learning:
1. Our job as a Christ-follower is to trust God’s power, ways and purposes. God’s job is everything else. He does the heavy-lifting.
Letting God be God and do his job changes our spiritual position from hustling to resting, from working to trusting, and from worrying to worshipping the Almighty.
Our trust is without hesitation when we look back and see God’s faithfulness in the past, then it transfers over to our present and positions us for our future.
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91:2 (NIV)
2. We believe God is in control and on our side, and we trust his impeccable timing.
God continues to remind me that his timing really is perfect. When I impatiently run ahead of him, it never turns out well. And I often forfeit the best he has for me.
We trust God without hesitation when we give up control and hand the reins to him. Then he reigns supreme in our hearts and lives.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
3. We know the Lord’s plans for us are always for our good and His glory.
Even hardships that test our faith lead to a greater trust in the Lord. Walking through these trials is what God uses to pull us closer to himself and grow our trust that he’s working behind the scenes on our behalf even when we can’t see it.
Our loving and caring heavenly Father knows best and is directing the details from his throne room of glory.
We trust without hesitation when we lay down our agenda for God’s agenda; when we pray for His kingdom in our lives instead of our own kingdom.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not trust in your own understanding. Agree with Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLV)
When you take these steps, you can learn to trust God without hesitation, one day at a time.
Wife Step: To combat anxiety, insecurity, panic or trouble letting go of control, it’s helpful to insert your name in the following scripture and the other verses in this article:
You keep ________ in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because she trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
Karen Friday is a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader. A blogger, Karen “Girl” Friday engages a community every week, Hope is Among Us. She has published a number of articles and devotions in both print and online media, and is currently working on her first book. Vulnerable about her own marriage journey, Karen knows life never gets more real than as a wife. Karen and her husband Mike have two grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology. Visit her blog at KarenGirlFriday.com
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