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.
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 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
The phrase trust in God is a difficult one because oftentimes we don’t know what we’re trusting for. It’s an amazing feel-good phrase though. People often say:
“I’m going to trust in God for the money to come in.”
“I’ve got nothing else to lose, I’ve got to trust in God.”
However, what if the belief we have is wrong? What if we just need to trust in God, fully believing that he has our best interests at heart? Maybe we should stop looking for what he’ll do, and start looking for him?
To have trust in God means you are going to follow him, wherever he leads. Sometimes he’ll direct you in a direction you have no desire to go in. Other times, a long-awaited dream will finally be fulfilled.
When you place your trust in God, you’re saying that you don’t have control anymore, and you’re giving that up to God. There’s still a part or piece you have to play, but God is the director and you’re playing an instrument.
Oftentimes we try to say we trust in God, but we only give him partial control, and that control isn’t much and God won’t force himself to take more.
So we find ourselves in a pickle, and we blame God for our failure. When you truly Trust in God, you’re giving EVERYTHING up. You’re waiting on him, but using the talents and abilities he’s given you.
This is the essence of placing your trust in God.
My Story About Learning To Trust In God With Finances
The Summer after High School, I found myself a full-time job mostly so I’d have money because I hated being poor.
One Sunday, while I was sitting in church, 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.
At this point in my life, I had a turning point, I’d never needed to place my trust in God before, but I was about to learn.
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, perhaps even maniacally. 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 toward 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, not even looking at it fall.
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.
You’ll Be Blessed When You Trust In God
I had to go to work the next day, my shift always started at 4 AM. I remember being extremely tired because I was up late the night with some friends. As I walked through my department, I started to fall into 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 manager’s office after I was finished. “What did I do?” I asked He just smiled and left.
Why Is Trust So Important To God?
After finishing my lunch, I walked into the GMs Office office, completely confused. Things got even worse 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 kid’s 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.
One thing I’d like to add to this, I had to give before I received it, and I had to walk through hell to get it. many people are stopped at the giving, they think God will bless and not require anything of them.
This is a horrible belief that robs people of their blessing, and when they are sitting in their squalor they have the audacity to blame God for their failures. In fact, their lack comes directly from their inability to place their trust in God.
I’ve been there, in fact, I think I’m currently coming out of that belief again.
The second area is a bit more depressing. Many others will trust in God, and they will give. Essentially they’re planting seeds that they want to harvest 10-100 fold (maybe more). However times get tough, and people begin to wonder if God really had their best interests at heart.
So they deviate from the plan God has given them, essentially walking away from their harvest, oftentimes right before it’s ready to be reaped.
This website is a prime example of that. God called me to write 3 years ago, and I was so excited about it. he told me I was playing the long game, but after 6 months my enthusiasm started to wane.
Instead of placing my trust in God, I started focusing more on my Snowboarding Website. My reasoning was that site was getting visitors and making me money, this ESterling LLC was getting me nowhere.
I’ve learned since that I was planting seed, and my lack of trust in God has slowed my enterprise down. So now I’m speeding things up. One of the first things God told me about this was that I’m playing the long game, and it’s going to take a while.
I Had To Trust In God When I Had No Money
Another story I have comes from 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 Placed My Trust In God And Two Weeks Later Something Happened
I decided to 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, and I hated that everyone was looking at me. I considered it shameful to not have the money for what God called me to do. So I did this very reluctantly.
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 You Can Put 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.
What To Do, When Trying To Trust In God:
Keep Your Head On Straight And AVOID Panicking.
When You Want To Panic, Start Praying, And Worshipping Until It Subsides.
I Like To Leave Reminders Of His Promise Around The House. A Dry Erase Board On the Fridge Was My Best Idea
Call Some Friends, Tell Them What You’re Waiting On, And What God Is Going To Do. Have Them Pray With You!!! (Extremely Important)
Lose The Preconceptions You Develop, Focus On God, And Trust Him With WHATEVER Happens.
I haven’t covered a lot about #5 on here. but a lot of times when God speaks to us, we’ll develop our own idea of how and what God is going to do. God never gives us the full story, often he lets us see it unfold and it’s amazing.
However, part of trusting in God is believing in him, and watching him do his work. There’s a time to work, and a time to sit. I can’t tell you what those times are, because it changes depending on the person and the situation.
However, it’s really smart to figure out what you need to do. Otherwise, you can work towards a pointless goal, going left when God needs you to go right. Part of me wonders if my job for the last few years was that.
I was working on this website and was offered a position a few years back, and I stopped working on it so much. Part of me thinks that was a diversion that I shouldn’t have taken, but now it’s water under the bridge.
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 outyell 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.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport. While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.