Time and time again we are told in Scripture, and by others believers, to trust God with the details of our lives. Great advice for sure, but every once in a while something comes up that is so huge it shakes us to the very core of our being. In those moments trusting God seems to be next to impossible. Our faith is so pummeled, all we really want to do, and maybe only have the strength to do, is curl up in the fetal position and whimper like a new born baby.
I know. I’ve been there. I’ve had those times when I laid on my face before God begging him to speak, to act, to take away the pain, to show up in some way. Don’t get me wrong, he was there with me the whole time. But that did not take away the sting of the moment. It did not relieve the pain I was experiencing. But God was, and is, always there.
The problem we sometimes have in comprehending that truth is our understanding of what it means to trust God. For most of us, our idea of trusting God is expressed like this, “God fix my problem, make the pain go away, or change my circumstances, and do it right now.” If he doesn’t come through the way we want him to we are tempted to feel like he failed us.
In reality, trusting God means that we learn to walk with him through whatever the situation is, believing that no matter how horrendous or difficult the situation is, God will walk through it with us. He will give us the strength that we need day by day, and even moment by moment if necessary, to endure the situation we are faced with. Then we can say with the Psalmist, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalm 92:1)