Trust in Times of Distrust

Life is unpredictable, and there are inevitably, luscious pastures and treacherous valleys that we will encounter along the way. I must admit that this article is just as much for me as it may be for you. I needed to hear and feel the echoes of the words of my own heartbeat. I want to trust God fearlessly in the face distrust, and yet, there are times when I continue to face my own limitations and my own struggles to keep my eyes on Jesus. All of us need the power of the Holy Spirit to truly trust God, especially in uncertain times. On our own, it is simply impossible.

Many of us have a strong desire to trust God. When times are good, without resistance, it can feel easier. But when times are challenging, it is even more important to trust God. His unchanging character can give us a firm foundation when things feel unsteady and distrustful.

There are those seasons when everything appears to be on auto pilot—your job or career is soaring; your friends and family are healthy and happy; your personal and professional goals, finances, health, and overall outlook are brighter than ever before. Then, all of a sudden, life throws a curveball. Someone you know gets sick. You lose your job. A friend or family member betrays you. The areas of your life that were secure suddenly feels unstable and uncertain.

How do we trust that God is good in these circumstances? How do we trust Him when we do not understand what is happening or when we cannot see a resolution? How do we cope when those little voices tempt us to fear being left alone without help or hope? Many of us are wondering what the next few weeks and months will bring. What will happen to us next? Will we be resourceful enough to face trouble? These are all valid questions, and God helps us navigate them through the promises of His Word.

Abraham was known for his faith. He was known to walk with God—a man who received God’s promise, whose obedience to God did not waver, even as he prepared to sacrifice his own son; he struggled to trust God just like the rest of us. You are not alone in your struggle. Genesis 20

records Abraham’s move from the place he had lived for nearly twenty years, and as Abraham entered an unfamiliar place, it was not long before he encountered a time of distrust.

Abraham had a pattern of lying to self-protect and not trusting God’s provision and protection. God is right there in every weak moment and in every place where Abraham (and every one of us) struggles to trust. I have often wondered why, when we are battling lies of insecurity, do we turn to the things and people we know have not worked for us in the past. God will reveal our weaknesses, and then, He will reveal Himself.

To trust is to believe in the truth, reliability, ability, or strength of and in something. So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability, and His strength. The Bible says that God cannot lie, and He always keeps His promises. He loves us and has good things in store for us. Trusting in Him means believing what He says about Himself, about the world, and about you and me is true. Trusting God is more than a feeling; it is a choice to have faith in what He says, even when our feelings or circumstances would have us believe something quite different.

Our feelings, our circumstances, and our desires matter to God, but those things alone are not reliable enough to base our lives. They can change at any moment, even in an instant. God, on the other hand, does not change. Trusting God is not about ignoring our feelings or reality; it is not pretending that everything is okay when it isn’t.

When you trust, you go to God and His word when life is hard. You also act in obedience and trust that He will ultimately take care of the rest. In trust, you do not look for security in other things; you look to God to hold you securely in difficult circumstances. You will not do this perfectly, but God is kind and patient with us while we learn to trust Him.

When trust is broken, it can be difficult to regain, but it is not impossible. Fortunately, God will never give us a reason not to trust Him. He is perfect. He cares for our hurts. He pays attention. Knowing that God is for you will strengthen your trust in Him during times of hardship and the distrust. God is trustworthy, even when you do not see your prayers answered or problems solved right away.

When life is difficult, that difficulty may persist for longer than you had hoped. It may even bring you to the end of your strength. Wait, trust, and remember that God loves you. You can trust Him to sustain you, provide for you, and be with you in the midst of your hardship. Jesus guaranteed His followers that they would face hard times (John 16:33), but He promised that He would always be with them (Matthew 28:20).

In times of doubt, remember His promises. Remember who He has always been. Even in doubt and uncertainty, if you keep going to Him, He will continually show Himself to be trustworthy.

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