“How do you trust God when you can’t answer the difficult questions in your life? How do you trust God when nothing seems to go right in your life? How do you trust God when it seems like you are not a partaker of His promises? Even then how do you trust in God with all your heart?”
This past week as I was commuting home from work I read Proverbs 3:5 in a new light. I have recited this verse countless times in the past but a light bulb suddenly turned on meditating on it this past week. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
After that Aha! moment I was led to the heroes of faith in the bible and was left in awe of their profound trust in God. Their examples for me illustrate How to Trust in God in your Pain and Weakness:
- Daniel was not kept out of the lion’s den but God shut the lions’ mouths for Daniel’s sake. The following is Daniel’s testimony after the horrific night in the lions’ den, “My God sent His angel and shut the lion’s mouths, so that they have not hurt me because I was found innocent before Him, and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel’s example shows us how to trust in God when we are unfairly targeted.
- Joseph was not kept out of prison but God gave Joseph exceeding favor in prison. The bible records the outcome of Joseph’s experience in prison in this way, “Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And was there in the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was on Joseph’s hand because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” ~ Genesis 39:20-23. Joseph ended up in prison because he had fled from Potiphar’s wife. Potiphar’s wife had wanted to commit adultery with Joseph. Although innocent, God did not keep Joseph out of prison but favored him while in prison. We can trust that God will be with us in our trials because He promises NEVER to leave us nor forsake us.
- The agony that Jesus faced while at the cross, breaking under the weight of sin made him cry out to the Lord to take the cup away from Him. God did not take away the cup from Him but was with Him on the cross and resurrected Him to glory on the third day as he had promised. We can learn to trust in God in our weakness to provide us strength to go through every difficulty in our lives.
- Job went through tremendous distress and pain but he maintained his trust in God. In Job 19:25 & 26 we get a slice of Job’s trust in God, “For I know my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God…” Job did not curse God as suggested by His wife nor did He hate God for allowing him to go through such a horrid experience. Such is the example we should emulate when face to face with similar experiences.
- Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego refused to bow down to an idol and instead worshiped the only one and true God. Their reward, they were thrown into a fiery furnace. Their response to the king’s command to worship an idol is one of those testimonies of trust in God that strengthens me in my moments of pain and weakness, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case (they had been challenged to worship the idol or be thrown into the fiery furnace to see if their God would deliver them), our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” ~Daniel 3:17-18. The three Hebrew boys were willing to die in the fiery furnace than worship an idol. The Lord was with the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace; they were not consumed and their clothes did not even smell of smoke. We can trust God to walk with us through the fiery furnace of our lives.
In all these examples we see Daniel, Job, Jesus and the three Hebrew brothers leaning not on their own understanding but acknowledging God. Ultimately, we see God’s faithfulness in establishing their paths.
Be comforted in this assurance, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” ~1 Corinthians 10:13.
Friends, do you have unshakeable faith in God, the kind that can weather the storms of life? Can you like Job say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him? Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him?” ~ Job 13:15. My prayer is that God will enable us all to have this kind of faith for His glory.
What are some of the strategies you have implemented in moments of pain and weakness that have been effective in enabling you to trust in God? Please share in the comments section below.