What It Takes to Trust in the Lord When Things Go Wrong
Trusting in the Lord seems like an easy thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, we have a pretty impressive God who sees all things, knows all things, and can do all things. We should, by no uncertain terms, know, at least on some level during any adversity, that our God is in control.
It would also seem easy to trust in the Lord knowing He loves us very much and wants the best for us. Even when Satan is beating up on us and digging away at our insecurities, it only takes one look at the Bible to be reminded of the deep love God has for us evident through the deep love Christ wanted us to see on the cross that one dark day many, many years ago.
Oh, but how easy it is for us to fall short on actually being able to ‘trust in the Lord with all thine heart’ when our heart is being smashed by the people or events of this world. Sometimes we forget what our responses should be or how to keep going forward, and we get stuck in the world around us (and we all know who floats around this world, don’t we?).
So Buddy… yea, you who thinks God likes everyone but you… and you who thinks God gave up on you because you just screwed things up… or made a wrong decision… and YOU who wonders if you didn’t do enough… or did the wrong thing… and yea, even you, the innocent one suffering from something bad someone else did… whatever it was you did or did not do or whatever it is you think you are or are not, if you think God doesn’t love you, then re-check that death on the cross thingy. God LOVES you!
But hey again… I have to disclose here I’m not one to judge. My husband and I have truly gone through real, true life turmoil, and not just once but on multiple occasions, and we have not always had the understanding, wisdom, or self control to come out of those turmoils better for them (at least not immediately). I have also had my own share of Satan-inspired pity parties.
I can tell you though, that throughout the years, when we have encountered hard times but have looked up to see and honor God’s importance in all of life, we have found a trust worthiness that was beyond our faith.
God’s faithfulness will never forsake you even if you forsake him… or others forsake you.
But… if you came here today having a little hard time really feeling that trust with every inch of your body, (we can’t be perfect all of the time… well, we’re NEVER perfect actually and sometimes need a little help from a Christian friend), I want to share a few things you can do to help you find assurance that everything will be OK.
1.) Get that Bible of yours out and read some Bible verses on trusting in the Lord.
Isaiah 12: 2 says: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
Romans 15: 13 says: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And Job 13: 15 has an interesting take if things get REALLY bad. It says: Even though he kills me, I’ll continue to hope in him. At least I’ll be able to argue my case to his face!
These are just a few of the many verses in the Bible that instruct us to trust in Him. With each Scripture we read that says “trust in the Lord with all your heart”, we feel that compelling argument that says God is telling us outright He will be faithful to us to the end.
2.) Say “thank you Lord for putting me (or us) in this situation”.
Now WHY on earth would we want to do that! I’ll tell you why. It is because by doing that, you are telling your Heavenly Father that you either know with all your heart, or that you are at least open to discovering, the fact that your Heavenly Father is letting things happen as they are because He is going to bless you from it!
There is a worship song called “Blessings. Have you heard it? If not, here it is:
I’m not sure if you noticed the same things I noticed from the words of this song, so just in case you missed a couple really good things to latch onto there, let me re-iterate.
a.) God’s love is too great to give us lesser things.
b.) What if trials of this life are God’s mercies in disguise?
Yes, as the song here says, pain reminds us that this is not our home. Fortunately we have another REAL home that is free from all the sadness, free from all the hurtful people, free from all the politics and misdeeds of life, and free from all the harmful events of this world.
What’s more, we have a Heavenly Father that is blessing us in the way we need to be blessed throughout our time here on this imperfect, man-managed, temporary earth.
Say “thank you” to your Heavenly Father who doesn’t give you what you think you need but instead gives you MORE, even if you can’t see what it is He is giving you.
NOTE: A plus to this kind of thinking is that it keeps you from feeling bitter about what is going on in your life or who has done something harmful to you. While bitterness could certainly be understandable in many instances, it is NEVER helpful and will, in fact, cause you to miss seeing the Lord’s blessings and slow your progression to a better situation ahead.
3.) Reflect on how to be a better person or how to have a better life because of a life problem or life change.
Don’t you tell me your life was perfect before some specific person or some specific situation or event rolled in. We all know it wasn’t! Whose life is?
Now I’m not talking about you (or me) being imperfect here. Oh yea, we ARE imperfect, but I’m not talking about our human imperfections here. I’m speaking of the imperfections of this world. Life sucks sometimes, and sometimes that’s not through any fault of our own.
There is good news with that bad news though: Our Lord wants something more for you, maybe something more than you have right now, or HAVE had.
If you believe 1 Peter 2: 2 – 3 that says: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good,”
Then you should believe this as well:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1: 6
As the old saying goes, so long as you are here on this earth, the Good Lord isn’t finished with you yet! He can sustain you through this time and will continue with you on your journey here in life. There is hope for a better tomorrow. There really is! Claim it. Live it. Enjoy the idea of what may lie ahead.
4.) Just keep going.
Proverbs 4: 18 says: The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Oh, are you still here? Why yes you are. Therefore, just keep walking down your path, and do so mindful that it is a path someone who loves you VERY much is giving to you to travel. It’s not a bad path, but it’s YOUR path, and it goes somewhere special if you’ll keep following it with Christ’s light directing your steps.
5.) Trust in nothing else but the Lord and His Ways.
Psalm 91: 1-2 says:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
I guarantee you, when this world fails you, when people let you down, or when you find yourself in an unjust situation, a cruel existence, an evil presence, or just confusion, you will find refuge in the Mighty One who will take you under His Wings and care for you.
You won’t find a better protector, defender, designer, or manager than the very God who sees all things, knows all things, can do all things, and who loves you very, VERY much.
It will be OK in the Lord.
Blessings to you during this time. May you find comfort and peace in the Lord and a new vision for something better ahead.