Published on September 5th, 2013 | by Nathaniel0
3 Tips If You’ve Ever Struggled to Trust God
The concept of “trust” is so much easier in theory than in practice, right? Even the simplicity of it- its one syllable, easy-to-enunciate nature seems to mock the complexity of how much UMPH! it sometimes take, right? When in a state of trust, people will tell you, “Well, you just need to pray more.” “Well, you just need to stay more positive.” “You just need to read your bible more.” “You need more more more…” While these are components, I see trust as a multifaceted, all-inconclusive, give-it-to-Papa lump sum. I equate “trust” to “surrender.”
“All to Jesus, I surrender; all to Him I freely give…”
Anybody can sing “I Surrender” in a compelling rendition, but in the heat of the battle, it requires so much more to live out the words in the song. Proverbs 3:5-6, one of the most quoted verses in the bible, “Trust in the Lord God with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways, submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” So I just trust, right? Easier said than done… The thing about trust is that there is no “arrival-state.” With every bit of conflict, adversity, or even triumph, there’s an opportunity to trust God. And it doesn’t diminish, even if our awareness of it does. In order to continually trust God, we must continually renew our minds, every blessed day, through the highs and the lows, and the ebbs and the flows. I know there’s so much more that I, myself, can do to trust God more fully but here are a few ways I’m progressing in that direction:
1. Rebuilding My Environment: We are products of our current environments. Not just your physical dwelling place, but everything that surrounds you. In order to trust God more, I’ve had to rid myself of anything that tells me otherwise. This includes screening the music that I listen to, the books that I read, filtering how I watch and respond to movies. Also, reading daily devotionals and purposely plastering visual reminders on my walls- bible verses, quotes, goals, and promises that God has in store for me.
2. Tithing 10%: No one wants to be told what to do with their money… But tithing, even in the roughest of financial states has taught me to trust God, depend on Him and not man, and also become a better steward of what I do have. When we tithe, we give the first portion of what we receive, which gives us the opportunity to plan what we do with the rest. It gives us the opportunity to take inventory of what we do have and what we can do with the resources God has given us. The wisdom that comes from tithing permeates every other aspect of our live, whether we realize it or not. It teaches us to become more generous, more thoughtful, and more obedient.
3. Spending the First Moments of Time with God in a State of Thankfulness: I can’t lie, this is one I definitely struggle with. By default, I come to God petitioning with Him, pleading with Him, begging- basically every antagonizing action of “Thanking.” But when I consciously decide to postpone my requests and my desires and instead thank Him first for what He has done, is doing, and will do, I enter an unparalleled state of gratitude that affects the entirety of the time I spend with Him. I think I become more open to receiving His direction and less cemented in the plans I have/ had for myself.
I don’t think trust was intended to be difficult. But at the same time, I don’t know if it wasn’t meant to be easy. It is what is and what it is, is an opportunity to live a lifestyle of faith.
What’s one way you’re learning to trust God? Maybe your strides toward a state of surrender can encourage someone else.