It is the most difficult thing when we are in crisis to step back and trust God. But it should be easy. After all, I know He’s the God of the Universe and by Him all things were made and hold together (Colossians 1:17).
But when we are laid off from our job, or a family member falls ill, we can so quickly begin to doubt the goodness of God. After all, His plans are supposed to be for my good, right? - We all have a tendency to think this way.
There is a quote by Charles Spurgeon that says, “To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark. That is faith.” That is, we do a great job trusting God when things are going well according to our plan but as soon as things begin to unravel, so does our trust.
Trusting God requires a lot of faith.
I love this word picture that I heard years ago about putting faith in God. A person can look at a chair and say with confidence, “If I sit in this chair, it will hold me up and I won’t fall.” But when someone comes along and asks them to actually sit down in the chair, they decline. All of the confidence and trust they once had in the chair is now gone, once they are asked to actually sit down.
This sounds silly to any rational person, but we do the same thing with God. We have all the confidence in the world that, if we trust in Him, He will hold us up and won’t let us fall. And yet, when we’re in a position where we’re asked to rely on God, we resist taking that leap of faith and trust that He’s got us.
I feel that one of the main roots of trust issues is pride. We think that we know better, can do better, or finesse the situation better than God could.
Our pride says, “I’ve got this.” However, the proper response is surrender. Our surrender says, “God’s got me.”
This attitude says that no matter what trial, enemies or crises come at me and derail my plans, I will choose to surrender to God. And I choose this because I trust Him at His word because He is eternal and the troubles of this life are not.
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.