I’m sitting on my bed, Bible in my lap. My husband is gone at a meeting and the children are in bed. I sigh, consumed with thoughts of a situation that has proven to be too difficult for me to handle.

There are no easy answers to my questions and things just don’t make sense. When I read a verse like, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” it just rolls around in my mind but never settles in to give me peace. Which causes me to ask once again…

Why can I trust God?

As I look through my worn Bible, verses and passages that I have marked during past moments of distress jump out at me.

Deuteronomy 1:30-33 when the Israelites are wandering through the wilderness: “The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you.
Psalm 9:10 tells me that God has “never forsaken those who seekHim.
Psalm 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength and very present help in trouble.

The Lord is our shield, defending us from the things in life that threaten to crush us. His Word and His promises never fail and His faithfulness is new every morning.

And then I wonder, how do I trust God?

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5, KJV
“But I trust in you, O Lord, I say, ‘You are my God’. My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31:14-15
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Isaiah 50:10
Wait for the Lord and keep His way.” Psalm 37:34
“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done.” Psalm 143:5
“O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; for You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1

The answers I find in these familiar Scriptures give me peace once again.

And so I press on, one day at a time, fighting the good fight, until God will one day weave together my cautious, tentative hopes and prayers into something “exceedingly abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think.”

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15 Comments on When It’s Hard to Trust God

  1. Thank you so much for all your thoughts, ladies! It’s so wonderful to be able to encourage each other.

  2. Thank you so much for the encouragement! Not just words from you but The Word! It is so good to lift each other up, especially when we are struggling ourselves. I will lift you up in prayer!

  3. Oh, I love how you brought it all back to scripture…I need to print these…and hang them in front of my face!

  4. Thank you for those peace-filled verses. I struggle to trust at times too. Those are exactly the things I work through when I’m trying to reach His peace again!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully written post! I am currently fighting stage IV breast cancer. Trusting God is something that I have to do daily and moment by moment. I too keep pressing on relying on the hope that He will never leave me or forsake me. Thank you for listing these verses of reasurrance. Many blessings to you!

    • I’m also thankful that God has control, Kelli! If I was the one in control I’d probably find a way to mess it up!

  6. Thank you for these reminders. I’m walking through the reality of one of dh’s co-workers losing their toddler son to a drowning accident this weekend… And it’s hard to trust. It’s hard not to want to grasp my children with every fiber of my being, trying to prevent anything from happening to them with my own strength. But I know ultimately I have to just trust Him with them. Thank you for your words. ~Melissa

    • Oh, Melissa, my heart aches for that family…it is SO HARD to hand over our children to God…to trust Him when our protective “Mommma Bear” instinct wants to keep them safe from everything.

  7. I found myself really not trusting God this morning. My struggling marriage and other heavy matters that have been ongoing for around 13 years is wearing away at me. I know He can do all things, but I feel He will not do them for me. But reading this gave me some comfort. I’m still not sure what to do, but I will at least continue on somehow. Melanie

    • Hugs to you, Melanie! Yes, God is more than able to give us what we need. Seek out wisdom and He will give it to you…and comfort, too! Prayers for you today.

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