"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods." Psalm 40:4
There’s an old hymn that says:
“Simply trusting every day, Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
Perhaps you enjoy singing this hymn or another hymn like it at church. But when you sing it, are you praying these words? How do you begin to trust when circumstances are so bleak it looks like the cloud won’t lift for months, years, or even decades? You know you should trust, but what does it look like?
As I pondered these questions, I realized what I needed to do was trust in God’s abilities and not my own. It’s so easy to say, yet so hard to know how to do. After thinking about it, I realized what was holding me back.
Doubts were clouding my mind. Trusting in God means that I believe He will take care of the situation. And believing leaves no room for doubt; when I doubt, I'm not trusting. It’s so easy for mistrust to flood my mind, but when it starts to creep in, I can instantaneously push it aside and replace it with the truth from God’s Word. It’s important not to let doubt linger. Eventually, this practice has become a habit, allowing me to immediately dispel doubts and create an attitude of trust.
Dear Lord, please give don’t let our faith waver as we look to You, our only hope. Please give us the strength to trust no matter what the circumstances. Amen.
Memorize Scripture verses that contain God’s promises. Pray these often to remind yourself of God’s truth, and to combat a lack of trust in Him. For more on this, take the challenge, “How to Pray God’s Promises.”