One of the most used sentences by Christians, is usually something to do with trusting in God. We’ve all said to a friend who was going through a problem: “You need to trust that God will guide you through this.” Or we said to our pastor: “I’m trusting God to solve this problem.” And we could probably give you more variations of these sentences that we say to ourselves, or loved ones on a daily basis.
But do we really trust in God? Our immediate reaction is to say that we do. But do we really?
Think about the last time that you were faced with a challenging situation and try to remember what you did… Psalm 46:10 tells us: “Be still, and know that I am God;” I don’t know about you, but when an unexpected problem comes from left field, the last thing on my mind is to be still. We usually pace up and down the room, we start calling our friends for advice on what to do and of course, when all else fails, turn to Google…
When we are facing a problem that we don’t have a solution for, at some point we will need to take action. But before we do, if we really trust in God, we have to learn to stay still and ask Him to show us what to do, while being at peace within, because He looks after us.
This is one of the most difficult things to do, because trusting in God means handing over control of your life to God and understanding that He knows what is best for you, even if you don’t think you should be facing that situation. It may sound beautiful to say that we always trust God, but we need to be honest with ourselves. Do we really trust Him, or do we start to panic and try to solve things by ourselves?
There’s nothing better than honesty, and it’s even better when this honesty is with none other than ourselves. How many problems have we made worse, all because instead of trusting in God to show us what to do, we acted without thinking and made a bad situation worse? Perhaps if we’d taken a moment to say a prayer and waited a little while for God to show us what to do, not only would the problem have been solved, but we would have seen His hand rescuing us, like a father always does for his children.
Be honest with yourself, and if you weren’t truly trusting Him, start doing so today.
Next time you are unexpectedly faced with a problem, remember: “Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10