I heard this term every Sunday when I was young. Trust in God, and he will see you through every trial. Most of those people didn’t know what I went home to, and I wasn’t in the mood to explain. I felt like they didn’t care, and they were just spouting biblical words that didn’t add up to me.
I remember memorizing many Bible verses about trusting in Go. A few stand out.
Trust in the lord with all your heart. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.(Paraphrased from Proverbs 3:5)
What does it all mean though? How can I trust in God? These were questions that plagued my young adulthood. Eventually, I read a chapter in Psalms and that got stuck in my heart. In my life, I’ve faced many trials and it keeps coming to mind. If you’re confused or heartbroken. You have to believe in him. I believe that he’s there, walking right next to you.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
4Behold, the Protector of Israel
will not slumber or sleep.
5The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is the shade on your right hand.
6The sun will not strike you by day nor the moon by night.
7The LORD will guard you from all evil;
He will preserve your soul.
8The LORD will watch over your coming and going,
both now and forevermore.Psalm 121 From the Bible
Trusting In God – And Why It’s Difficult
Placing your trust in God isn’t an easy task. I’ve done it for years and my issues continue. I honestly think life is harder when I put my trust in God. However, when I rely on myself, I don’t dream big, and only focus on the things I can do. This places limits on my world and makes it really small.
When I graduated from High School, I had no desire to attend college. Everything inside me rebelled against it. However I liked having money, so I got myself a full-time job doing warehouse retail work.
When I received my first job offer, It was exciting. Instead of school, I had a new challenge and they were going to pay me 30% more than my current position. In addition to that, it was full-time with benefits. Every day I was driving to work, and living the dream.
I’d been praying for months asking God what I should do, and I receive an answer. Instead of freaking out, I placed my trust in God. I believed he would do something. This didn’t mean I lived a life of inaction, I still needed to make things happen. So I walked through whatever doors opened, believing he’d direct me onto the right path.
Trusting In God With Finances – A Call To Give
After a few months of working, I was sitting in church, and the Pastor asked us to give money to help a missionary. I thought about giving the $20 I had in my pocket and God intervened. He spoke to me and said a larger number, it was a lot bigger than I was comfortable with giving. I didn’t know how to respond and didn’t want to give it. So I started to try and think my way out of it.
Excuses started flying out of my mouth. First I began telling God that I didn’t have my checkbook. You can’t give when you don’t have right? Then the Pastor spoke again. He asked us to pray and ask God what amount we should give, and the next week they would take the offering.
This frustrated me, I needed another diversion. I’d felt like God had set me up, and I’m pretty sure he was looking down on me, chuckling to himself. The next Sunday, I decided to be obedient, and I broke out my checkbook. I stared at the number God had told me to give for a little while, wondering how I’d be a cheerful giver.
Then in service, the offering plate worked its way up the aisle towards me. I stared at it, not sure if I wanted to go through with this. When the plate came by, I dropped the check into it.
My heart was rapidly beating. I’d never given that much to anybody and felt like I was in shock. So this is what it’s like to be obedient, I thought. I knew my heart wasn’t in the right place but at least I was obedient when I gave.
Trusting In God Brings Blessing
I went to work the next day. It was an early Monday morning, and I remember being extremely tired. I was up late the night before hanging out with some friends. As I walked through my department, I started to despair. The entire place was a disaster and looked like a tornado had blown through it. It would be a chore to get it back together before we opened.
Our forklift driver got off his lift and helped as much as he could, but that wasn’t his job. He had to put freight up into the steel before opening. So it was mostly on me to finish. I completed it 2 minutes before we opened, right at the buzzer. It had taken everything out of me, so I went to lunch early. Part of me debated if I even wanted to come back.
After a few minutes, the forklift driver came into the break room and told me to visit the General Managers’ office after I was finished. “What did I do?” I asked He just smiled and left.
Trust God In All Things
I walked into the office, completely confused. Things were even more confusing when the GM asked me a weird question. “Elijah, how much are we paying you?”
Aw man, I thought. This was how they fired people at my last job. It was evil, sadistic, and pretty messed up. I never understood how people could be happy after destroying someone’s life.
My pulse was rapid, and my breathing shallow. If I was about to be fired. They could’ve at least done it before I started my shift this morning, or Saturday before I gave all that money. That would’ve been a good excuse. After a second or two I realized that I hadn’t answered. So I responded with how much I was paid. He stopped in his tracks, completely shocked. “Because of what you went through this morning, I’m giving you a $2 an hour raise. You didn’t deserve what you walked into, but I’m glad you were here to fix the problem. Is $2 alright with you?”
Somehow I got really sarcastic and responded, “Well, I was hoping for a quarter, but I can be happy with $2.”
When You Give And Trust In God, He Will Bless You.
This raise was a blessing, and I believe it happened because I chose to give the day before. God poured out his blessings upon me, and I was amazed. It had come out of the blue and was from an unsuspected place.
Just like Jesus feeding 5000 people from a kids lunch. My blessing and yours can come from anywhere. If you place your trust in God. He will see you through every problem, situation, and trial you’ll ever face.
Trusting In God When I Had No Money.
When I was in ministry school, and barely scraping by. Money was hard to come by. Tuition was expensive and I was about to go on a mission trip with our school. At that point, I’d raised half the money for my trip, and had no idea how to get the rest.
Then I received the bad news, tuition was $500 more than I was expecting. I was in a tight spot and didn’t know what I should do.
So I started to give, and people started to bless me. The next Sunday I was given $20, and I remember thinking, wow God I can’t go on the missions trip with this, but maybe you’ll do something if I give it back. I saw it as planting seed.
So I threw the money into the offering and continued to bless over and over again. I don’t know how many people kept giving me money, it just kept coming. After a while, I wondered if I was messing up, and I was supposed to save it, but I believed that I was planting seed.
I Trusted In God For Two Weeks
I put my complete trust in God for the next two weeks, but it felt like 2 years. My nerves continued to fray, but I continued to pray. I had a belief that God would do something for me. That’s when it all came together and finally happened.
I’d been doing ministry in downtown Jackson with a group that helped the homeless, and one of the other volunteers had seen me come help every week. That particular Sunday we were in church, and he got up on stage grabbing the microphone. Then he pointed at me and asked that I stand up. It was awkward, so I did this very reluctantly. I hate having people in church staring at me. It’s disconcerting, you’re there standing, and the congregation is looking at you. What do you even do with your hands in that situation?
He told the church how much he admired my faithfulness, and God had blessed him recently with a bonus at work. He’d been praying about what to do with it, and God told him to help me out financially. Then he said you’ll have a check for your needs by the end of the week. I sat down, completely stunned. God had come through and given me the exact amount I needed.
How To Place Your Trust In God.
You might be going through a phase in your life where you have nothing. I’ve been there, and I totally get it. It’s hard to trust in God while in the thick of it.
God will come and deliver you. Quiet your heart, and try to listen for his voice. You’ll get some amazing ideas and peace. Follow whatever directions he gives you. That is key because obedience is better than sacrifice. You’ll see something amazing happen in your life.
The Difficulty In Trusting God
Watch your emotions, it’s hard to hear God when they’re out of wack. I think it’s because they out yell his voice. Many times we lose focus and think God failed us, but we’re actually failing God. If you’re listening to his voice and following those directions, you won’t fail, because he’s got you. Also, don’t let your own ideas/dreams consume you. That only leads to trouble.