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Trusting God Can Be Difficult. 3 Ways To Trust God In Any Situation!

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

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How do you trust God when it seems like everything is crashing down around you? It can be hard to trust God when you look at everything surrounding you and it seems like there is no way out, there is no way around, and no way through. You are stuck and this is it. It’s easy to let our emotions take control and get sucked into the way things appear in the natural.

Remember! God is doing things behind the scenes you can’t see.

Trust God through it all, no matter how difficult the situation and He will see you through! Read on for three ways to trust God in the midst of the difficult season.

It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it!

It’s easy to let your feeling and emotions control our thoughts, actions, and words. But the Bible says not to let feelings and emotions control us. The Holy Spirit should take over, not our emotions. Emotions should not be our driving force. We can take time to feel what we are feeling, acknowledge it, then move on. Don’t sit in it, wallow in it, or let it linger. If we give into our emotions, we ignore letting the Holy Spirit be our driving force.

“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.” - John Piper, Finally Alive

Sit with this for a moment and let it sink in.

Feelings are not God, God is God.

My feelings do not define truth.

God’s word defines truth.

What does that mean to you?

When our emotions start to take over, pray what John Piper prays: "God, purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth”

What is currently happening in your life?

Are your emotions ruling or are you letting the Holy Spirit rule?

How do you trust God?

1. Don’t let emotions take control

Seeing our infant son in pain and with the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes that, in the natural, would follow him the rest of his life, but we have God on our side. He can do anything! I have had moments of letting my emotions rule but I know what God’s word says and I remind myself of that and shake it off, stand on the truth and ask God to rule over my emotions.

I didn’t always do that. I actually used to be very emotional. I have been on this journey for a long time, I still am on the journey, but now I have tools to help. I still have all those emotions but have learned to manage them instead of letting them manage me.

I remember one time, when Johnny and I were first married, I got very angry. I don’t even remember what it was about now. But I remember what happened. Whatever it was, it definitely did not warrant my response, but my emotions were ruling my thoughts and actions and I did nothing to stop it. We both were in the wrong with how we reacted, but it was just that, a reaction. My initial response to whatever it was that he did was to be hurt and take it personal which turned into anger very quickly. I yelled and, I don’t remember what I said, but it was not something that would spur on a healthy conversation. Me reacting that way, caused him to react the same and it turned into two people, who are supposed to be on the same side, to be supportive and love one another, we ended up verbally attacking each other and getting no where.

Of course we worked through it and learned from our mistakes, but that moment was not my best. Had I sat and prayed for God to purify my perceptions of His truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth, that situation would have gone much different. It turned into what it did, because I let my emotions rule instead of the Holy Spirit. Had I paused before reacting in my emotions, I would have responded with love and compassion trying to see things from his point of view. Looking back I can see what I should have done differently, but I can’t change what happened, I can only learn from it and grow.

I want you to pause and remember a situation you let your emotions take control.

Was it with your spouse?

Your kids?

A family member?

Close friend?

Or maybe it was towards yourself?

Were you letting your mom guilt, or depression and anxiety creep in and take control instead of focusing on the truth and what His word says? Maybe that was a week ago, or an hour ago, or right before you turned to this blog. That is ok. Let's move on and be more prepared for next time. It is so easy for our emotions to take control in a situation or a difficult season.

In order to prevent that from happening, we need to have a plan in place before that happens. Whether you are in that season now, or it’s going to be coming at some point down the road, having that plan in place will help you to take control of those emotions and see things for what it is and let the Holy Spirit rule in their place.

So what is your plan to trust God?

Your homework is to create a plan for the next time your emotions decide they want to rule.

2. Stand on His Word

The main part of your plan is to have verses at the ready. The bible is God’s living, breathing word.

“My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you]. Keep my commandments and live, and keep my teaching and law as the apple of your eye. Bind them [securely] on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” -Proverbs 7:1-3

If you have God’s word written on your heart, and verses at the ready when situations and seasons in life get difficult and your emotions are ready to take over, you can stand in the truth and instead of giving into those emotions, you can stand firm in what God has said!

It may not be easy at first if you haven’t been spending time studying the bible and memorizing verses. Over time they will be there at the forefront of your mind, but until then, as you are reading and a verse stands out to you, write it down, have a booklet of verses that you can stand on and cling to when you need them the most.

Here are a few to help get you started:

  • And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

  • He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds. - Psalm 147:3

  • The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. - Colossians 3:15

  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. - John 14:27

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

There are many verses I could read out to you to help you get started, but I want you to take the time to delve into the Word and find ones that really stand out to you. Then write them down and meditate on them.

When your emotions start to get ahead of you, pull out your book of special verses and stand on them! When you feel like it’s hopeless, or you will never get through this, stand on these verses. Once you focus on God and His word, there is no room for anything else. You make room for the Holy Spirit to move in that situation instead.

When you focus on His word, you are able to rest in His truth! You can trust that God has this situation under control. It may not seem like it from the outside perspective. It may not feel like there is an end, or that this could ever work out for good, but one verse you can stand on to remind yourself to trust God and where He is leading you and what He can do with the current circumstances you face is:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

God will do what He promised.

Your current situation, your current circumstances may look grim in the moment. But God has promised life and life abundantly, He has promised to work all things for good! He will do what He promised so stand on that!

3. Stay Focused

When you get bogged down by what things look like on the outside, what your situation is currently, the impossible feeling of getting through this, you will have a hard time seeing the truth in the midst of that. Stay focused on the truth. Stay focused on what God has promised you.

Get your eyes off of your current situation and fix your eyes on Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, Jehova Jireh, your provider, Jehova Rapha, the God that heals, Jehova Shalom, your peace.

God is a good God and will not let you fall. Stay focused on who God is, what He has promised, and the things He has ALREADY done for you!

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Love you Mama!


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