Faith & Life: How to Trust God

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How to Trust God

When Life is Out of Control

by J.M. Troppello

It takes a leap of faith to trust God. It can be especially difficult to trust God during the hard times in life. Maybe there is sickness in your family. You might be dealing with financial issues. There could be other obstacles that seem to continually be blocking your path toward success.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:1-5, NKJV)

As a Christian who’s been saved for 33 years, I’ve seen my share of ups and downs in my walk with God. Through the years, it’s been easier to worry less and trust God more. Consider the following 5 ‘R’ words that have helped me to trust God when life is out of control.

1. Restart

Acknowledge that you need God’s help. You can’t do life on your own—if you want to live victoriously as a Christian. When you try to do things your own way, the results are not always good. When life is out of control, stay calm and give yourself a restart. Stop worrying. Don’t act rashly. Do your best to refrain from worrying.

2. Refocus

Get back into the Word of God.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26, NKJV)

Read John 14 (the entire chapter) so that you can gain a deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit is your comforter in all areas and times of life. God sent His Holy Spirit to be your comforter and guide. The Holy Spirit is invaluable to the Christian who wants to live victoriously each day—when things are good, bad, and in-between.

3. Renew

Spend time in prayer and worship each day. This needs to be consistent if you want to be victorious in trusting God throughout all the difficulties in life. Spending time in prayer and worship can help to renew your mindset. To live victoriously in your life, you need to have a mindset that is completely focused on God. I know that this can be extremely difficult when times are tough. Yet, those are the times when you need to trust God the most.

4. Rebuild

Cultivate a stronger walk with the Lord and renew your commitment to Him. Take time to be still before God (Psalm 46:10) and know that He truly is God. Trust that He has things in control even if it seems like things are out of control. Commit to working on building your relationship with God. Your walk with the Lord won’t be enhanced without any work on your part. You need to want to get to know God more.

5. Release

Let go of what you can’t control. Sometimes worrying about those things only serves to hinder your progress in growing in the Lord and in receiving His peace that passes all understanding. Have faith that God does have a plan. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. This is where blind faith comes into the situation. Think back over all the times that God has worked in your life and provided for you.

Trust in God’s Plan

If you need help in trusting God when your life seems like it’s spinning out of control, implement the following five ‘R’ words into your daily walk with the Lord.

  • Restart

  • Refocus

  • Renew

  • Rebuild

  • Release

Nothing is certain in life.

Yet, one thing can be certainknowing that you are going to Heaven—if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That one thought alone should give you peace through the storms of life. Knowing that I have a home in eternity one day gives me peace. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is my comforter and guide throughout my life, gives me peace as well.

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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