Why Do We Struggle to Trust God?

Trust can be earned and can be broken. It can also be restored again. 

A healthy relationship needs a level of trustworthiness to survive and thrive. Whether in a family relationships; romantic relationship; friendship, business, school, even strangers passing each other in the street … wherever there are people, trustis necessary for feelings of safety, for the growth of each individual, mental health, and for the building of community. 

Firstly, let’s understand the meaning of the word, ‘trust’. In order for someone to be deemed trustworthy, we need to know that we can rely on them and have confidence that they will deliver on their promises. Trusting in someone allows us to feel safe.

If you ask someone for directions, you trust they know the right way to go. When you go to a doctor, you believe they have the knowledge needed to help you. You believe they are a trustworthy person. When you leave your child at school, you have confidence the teacher is going to teach them what they need to learn. We use trust in a lot of relationships. However, we certainly know that sometimes people let us down. And sometimes, we let people down, too. 

Why Don’t We Trust in God?

Then there is God… He is the one we can completely rely on and have faith in to deliver on His promises. God is the one who can make us feel safe for eternity, no matter what is going on around us. He is the one we can follow, even when we don’t understand.

That’s a tough gig as humans, though, isn’t it? Sometimes, we can tend to lose our faith in God when things don’t go the way we think they should (but why do we place more faith our own thoughts when our heart is so deceitful? Jeremiah 17:9).  These thoughts can cause us to feel that God is letting us down. However, this comes about because, sometimes, our ideas of God aren’t based in Scripture.  

It is only human that we don’t fully understand God’s thoughts and plans (Isaiah 55:8-9). If we did, we wouldn’t need Him. In fact, we would be God if our thoughts and plans were identical to His. So, how do we learn to have faith in Him more? How do we come to the realisation that God is completely trustworthy and knows what’s best for us? How do we make a shift in our thinking in order to have unwaivering faith in God?

The only way to do that is to get to know God more through studying Scripture. When you understand the character of God, when you understand He has a plan, and when you understand He only wants what is best for you, then you can learn to lean on Him.

What Does Scripture Say About trusting God?

Here are some verses that show us God’s character, giving us every reason to rely on Him:

Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. 

Psalm 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 

Ephesians 1:7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. 

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 4:10  This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

There are so many more verses that could be used, but just from these few verses, we can see God is with you always; He keeps his loving eye on you; He is gracious, faithful, and just; and He loved you so much, that He sent his own Son to save you from eternal death. 

Will you put your trust in this all knowing, all powerful, ever present God who loves you unconditionally and only wants what is best for you? 

My prayer is that each one of us will be able to release the stronghold of distrust, and wholly trust in the One who knows each of us so intimately. It is alongside this place of trust that peace takes hold. 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

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