There are two reasons people fail to trust God.
First, it can be born out of hardship when you are faced with a bad situation; you can’t see how it can possibly be good. The second way is when life is going really great; it can be easy to fall into the trap of forgetting God.
The Bad Situation
When life gets difficult, and it feels like people or situations are against us, it is easy to get wrapped up in fear of the possible outcome. Fear is not from the Lord and we must make a conscious decision to focus on God and His promises:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
First Peter 5:8, warns us to be watchful for Satan’s attacks. Satan is waiting for us to be engulfed in turmoil because then we are less likely to pray or open our Bible. He diverts our attention away from God and uses our emotions for his benefit. We feel like God doesn’t care because our emotions have led us away from trusting God. So, instead of focusing on your problem, you must focus on the Word of God.
While I’m not trying to dismiss your trials and suffering, it’s vital to remember God is the only One who can save us in any situation. I have been through my fair share of suffering but, no matter how big the problem was, I had to choose to read my Bible. Some days that was extremely hard because I felt my situation screaming at me: “You have to do ____.” Or, “You don’t have time to read the Bible right now.” Fear will try to get you to focus on all the things “you” have to do, and not rest in the only One who will rescue you from anything.
Forgetting About God
On the other side of trust we can experience wonderful blessings and joy and perhaps have times where we forget to thank the Lord. We forget that we need Him! It’s easy to become complacent and push aside reading the Bible, or even praying. It can be easy to breath a sigh of relief after an answered prayer and forget that you still need God.
I pray if you are in this group that you still are humble enough to thank God for what He has bestowed upon you. I pray that you know that all your blessings come from Him!
The Best Choice in All Situations
I know we all can relate to one of these two situations so I encourage you to know which one you are and be aware of the traps laid by the enemy. We don’t need to allow our emotions to carry us into fear and the unknown. We know how our situations will resolve because the Lord says, “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:5-6)
What situations challenge you to trust the Lord?