God tells us to trust him. He tells us not to worry or to fear but to remember that He is in control. However, most of us would probably agree that this is a lot easier said than done.
I was in a situation recently when I felt extremely overwhelmed and trusting God was difficult. I was about to go back to university for my final year. At my university, our final grade is based solely upon our performance during our final year. None of the work completed in the first few years of our course counts towards our final grade.
I was nervous as I had an oral exam and project to hand in during my first week. I felt extremely unprepared for both of them and I was very stressed in the week before returning. I remember listening to a podcast by Sadie Robertson titled ‘Live fearless’. She talked about how God sometimes puts us in difficult situations so that we can rely on Him to help us. The next time we are faced with difficulties, trusting Him becomes easier and more natural. I have personally been in multiple situations where I have felt anxious and afraid and God has come through for me. In these situations, it always turns out that I had nothing to worry about.
God’s track record is perfect. He never lets us down and even when things do seem to go wrong, He can turn things around and use the situation for our good.
I decided to give my exam stress fully to God and bring to mind the times when He had brought me through challenging situations. When I did this, I remember feeling the most calm I have ever felt for an exam. The exam itself was fine and indeed, I had nothing to worry about.
If you look back over your life, I’m sure you can think of countless moments where God has come through for you too. How different would our lives be if we chose to trust God before the problem was solved?
Sometimes our attitude towards trusting God can be like the Israelites (see the book of Exodus for the full story). God delivered them from slavery in Egypt, He showed his power through 10 plagues, even splitting the red sea for them to walk through. But when they ended up in a desert, they worried and complained. They complained that they did not have water, so God provided this. They complained that they did not have food, so God provided this too. They still however, found reasons to worry and complain.
It’s easy to read a story like this and think, ‘What’s wrong with these people? They have seen so many miracles but they still can’t trust God?’ But can’t we be pretty similar? God answers so many prayers, cares for us in so many ways and never lets us down. Yet when we are faced with challenges, we worry, fear and doubt, rather than focusing on His faithfulness and all He has already done for us.
Next time you’re faced with a challenging situation- be it looming deadlines, exams, job hunting, financial problems or something else- choose to trust God before the struggle is over. He is faithful, He has never let us down and He is not going to start now.
Below are some lyrics from the song ‘Do it Again’ by Elevation Worship that remind us of God’s faithfulness. Perhaps give it a listen if you have not heard it already:
‘Your promise still stands, great is your faithfulness, your faithfulness. I’m still in your hands, this is my confidence. You never fail.’