When you’re faced with real life hurts and issues, trusting God when you don’t understand is easier said than done. It’s easy to say, “give your cares to the Lord and trust Him” when everything in life seems to be going well. It’s easy to say, “I trust you Lord with everything I own” when bills are paid on time and when you just got a promotion at work.
However, if God striped you of everything you own; If God told you to leave the very job that’s paying your bills, will you trust the Lord enough to do it? Will you trust God even when you don’t understand; even when life hurts? If God told you to leave the familiar and enter the unfamiliar, will you trust Him?
For many of you, God has done just that. He has taken you from what’s “oh so familiar” and redirected your paths into the unfamiliar. You don’t understand what’s happening in your life; what to do or where to go. The only thing you know is that the Lord gave you a word (instruction, a promise, vision, etc) and the only thing you have to hold on to is that word.
I understand the feeling; you’re not alone. There is encouragement for you today. Here are 4 things to remember about trusting God when you don’t understand:
Consider the Source
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelation 22:13).
Who else can say that but God? No one, only God can say such a thing. God knows everything: the past, current and future and our knowledge and understanding doesn’t even compare to the knowledge and understanding of God – even when it applies to our own life.
Furthermore, when you don’t understand what God is doing in your life, consider the source – Who is it that you’re trusting; God or yourself?
Here is something to remember. Man is fallible; we fall short and at times we’re unable to keep our promises. Man can give you instructions that are misleading and imperfect. With God, none of these things are possible. God keeps His promises, God gives you right instructions according to His perfect will and He won’t mislead you.
No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up. If God is with you – the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you.
Consider the source and seek to be obedient to the Lord, even when trusting God when you don’t understand is hard. Don’t worry about “this or that” because God has provision for you.
Trust the Lord
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
When you learn to trust the Lord completely, you begin to have a sense of rest in Him. You begin to realize that God has everything under control even when life appears to be out of control. Trusting God when you don’t understand brings you to a point where you decide to trust God and NOT in your own logic and understanding.
As Christians, we must make a decision to trust God regardless of how scary the situation may seem. Trusting God doesn’t prevent you from being in uncomfortable situations but it does allow you to be placed in a position where you seek the Lord’s presence, provisions, guidance and promises.
I encourage you to stop stressing yourself out- losing sleep, being weary, anxious, worried, depressed and sad. Don’t try to understand the ways of God because it is impossible for you to understand His decisions and ways! (Romans 11:33). The natural man cannot understand the things of God. For God’s ways are higher than mans, they are past finding out and this is why we must make a decision to trust our all knowing God.
The bible says “obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22)” which tells you a lot about our God. God places significance on obedience. He’ll rather you be obedient to His instruction than for you to offer sacrificial praises, money offerings, and the likes.
Why do I bring obedience up? When God gives you instructions and trusting God when you don’t understand becomes difficult, you need to be reminded to be obedient and to trust God. There are blessings that follow a person who is obedient just as there are curses that follows a person who is disobedient.
God Will Lead You
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
God told Abraham to leave everything he knew; everything he was familiar with and to enter into the unfamiliar. God told him to go into a land which he will show him which meant Abraham didn’t know where he was going; He only had the instruction of the Lord to depend on. Abraham could have easily said, “God, where will I go; what will I eat and drink”, but he didn’t. He chose to trust God and be obedient and as Christians we must learn to do the same.
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).
As much as we would like God to give us “what where when and how” upfront all the time (all in one shot), God does not operate like that. Sometimes, God will place you in a situation where you have to trust Him and He’ll give you piece by piece as you obey and trust Him.
As a person whose been in this situation, I will tell you that this only increases your faith as you learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Remember, faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand his plan for your life.
Trusting God When You Don’t Understand: Final Words
Joyce Meyer, an International Speaker and a New York Times bestselling author, published a devotional book titled, “Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions.” In her book, Meyer writes, “begin to think every day, I can handle whatever life hands me. I can do whatever I need to do in life. I am more than a conqueror. I am equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me.”
I don’t know what your story is (your more than welcome to share it below), but I want to encourage you to begin trusting God when you don’t understand what He’s doing in your life. God will give you a piece to the puzzle as you learn to step out on faith, obey, and trust Him.
Don’t let the devil fool you into believing that you’re taking a step backwards in life or that you’ll never make it out of this situation; because you will. What you’re going through is temporary.
Encourage yourself in the Lord daily; read His word; pray without ceasing and seek His face. The next time you find yourself in a position where you are stressed and worried about what God is doing in your life, remember to:
- Consider the Source
- Trust the Lord
- Be Obedient
- Trust God to Lead You
Prayer for Trusting God When You Don’t Understand Life
I ask that you place within me your obedient spirit so that I may be obedient to your instruction. Help me Lord to walk by faith and not by sight. I don’t understand what you’re doing in my life, but I make a decision to trust you God.
In this season, I ask that you place within me your spirit of joy, peace and rest. Give me joy; peace and rest to endure all that comes my way. Right now, I make a decision to trust you Lord because I know that you’re in control of my life even when my life seems to be out of control.
Lord, I thank you for clarity, guidance, provision and strength. I pray and ask for these things in Jesus name; Amen.
Pray and stay in the word of God. There is strength for you there. Trusting God when you don’t understand is difficult, especially when you’re scared, afraid, and don’t know what to do. However, no matter how afraid you are or how difficult times may be, trust God completely and be obedient to His instructions. Trust God’s timing and know He’s working this situation out for your good. Be blessed and encouraged in Jesus name.