Trust. It’s something a lot of people struggle with, something that’s hard to establish, and even more difficult to earn back. It’s the foundation for pretty much everything in life: we trust doctors to diagnose us correctly, we trust other drivers to be paying attention on the roads, we trust that the TV won’t cut out during the last 30 seconds of an intense game, and we trust our loved ones to love us back. But what happens when that trust gets chipped, fractured, or completely shattered?
I can tell you firsthand that “trust” isn’t a word I take lightly. My parents got divorced after promising they would never let that happen to our family. After something so drastic, I felt like I couldn’t trust the people I loved most, and that was incredibly painful.
Human trust is flawed. We break other people’s trust, and they break ours. Unfortunately, it’s just inevitable. But there’s one exception for someone who is unconditionally for us and with us.
My pastor recently preached a sermon on how God always comes through, always delivers on His promises, always carries us when we can’t stand on our own (which is basically all the time by the way, whether we like it or not). It had been awhile since a sermon really moved me, but that one definitely did. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and it inspired me to share my story. It’s so comforting to know I have a relationship with the God who will never break my trust.
Recently, I’ve found myself worrying a lot about the future: where I’ll go to college, how I’ll afford it, and the outcomes of many other personal matters. I’ve really been working on giving my worries to God and trusting Him to do what’s best for me. Instead of asking Him to make things work out the way I want them to, I now pray for God to take control and shape my life according to His will.
Since I'm being honest, I'll admit it was a scary shift to make in my prayer life at first, but then I realized that hoarding my concerns wouldn’t make the future turn out any differently. There is so much we don’t know and can’t know. I have to trust that God knows what I need, and everything will unfold for my benefit. He is in complete control, and that’s actually very relieving.
We all go through difficult times when it seems like nothing will ever get better. I’m here to testify that doubt is the enemy. It only creates barriers. By giving the worst of it over to God, you can feel as liberated as I did (and still do).
Here’s a prayer I say all the time: “God, I don’t know what your plan is, but help me to trust that Your will is what’s best.” It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that I don’t have to handle things on my own. He’ll just lead me where I need to go.
If trust is something you struggle with too, here are some Bible verses and songs that have helped me put my trust where it belongs:
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
"Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" by Hillsong UNITED
"Leave It Here" by City Harbor
"Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells
Catch ya later,