“We received many qualified applicants and have chosen someone else for the position.”
This message landed in mine and my husband’s inbox over and over again during the past month. We’ve also experienced the more common “silent treatment”, where we hear nothing and are eventually forced to assume the position was filled.
Each “no” we receive—every day of silence—weighs us down a little bit more. How will we survive if neither of us finds a job? What will we do? Where will we go?
We try not to dwell on these questions, instead, we remind ourselves; “We trust God. He will take care of us.” But that is easier said than done.
Even though my brain says “trust in God” over and over again, my anxiety remains; leaving me with a difficult question: Do I really trust God like I say I do? Sometimes we can know to trust God, but our heart doesn’t want to get on board.
The Bible tells us: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 (ESV) If our love needs to come from all these different places, then our trust does too.
So how do we get all the pieces of our life to truly trust in God?
4 Steps When You Are Struggling to Trust God
1. Ask God for help.
Be honest with God; tell Him you want to trust in Him but are having a hard time. He will not be shocked by this admission; He already knows what you are feeling. Then, ask Him to help you trust Him more.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (ESV)
2. Pray God’s promises.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises. Take time to write down the promises that speak into your situation and pray them throughout the day. Here are some of my prayers lately:
“God I trust you are doing a new thing in the life of my family. I trust you will make a way in the wilderness and a river in this desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“God you are able to do immeasurable more than all we ask for imagine. I trust your power is already at work within us and our situation.” (Ephesians 3:20)
“God I come boldly before your throne of grace in order to obtain mercy and find grace to help in this time of need. I know you will not fail us.” (Hebrews 4:16)
3. Surrender your situation to God.
As citizens of God’s kingdom, we must submit our lives God, acknowledging our lack of ability, and relying fully on God’s sovereignty. When you start desperately grasping for control, remember, God is already in control. Open your hands, and release your burden to the One who always works for the good of those who trust in Him.
4. Continue to move forward in faith.
Stepping forward into the unknown is scary, but God wants us to demonstrate obedience despite how we are feeling. The action of faith and trust, often results in actual faith and trust.
Even though anxiety has become a constant companion, we know God is asking us to move; so we keep applying for jobs and packing boxes, placing our hope and trust in God.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
If you are struggling to trust God, remember; nothing is too big, no situation is too far gone, that God cannot work in it. BUT we need to trust Him.
So choose trust today. Ask God for help, pray His promises, surrender your situation, and step forward in faith.
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