I have a confession to make–sometimes trusting God is a challenge.
Last week, I was stressing about our finances. But here’s the thing–we have money to pay all of our bills. We have a roof over our head, two nearly-new vehicles to drive, good jobs with wonderful insurance benefits, and plenty of food in our kitchen. Yet, at times, I’m fearful we’re not going to have enough. Maybe it’s because we had an unexpected expense in July that dug into our savings. Or perhaps some childhood fears rearing their ugly heads. Whatever the reason, I was filled with doubt.
In fact, I had even contemplated (very briefly) getting a part-time job to fill in the gap that we have at times when unexpected expenses crop up. However, I work two jobs already. As my very wise sister said, I simply don’t have the time to add anything more to my plate. With book deadlines and my fantastic boss for my day job, I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize those two callings God has placed on my heart.
The day after the enemy used my thoughts as a playground, I felt the Lord speaking to me and saying, “Lisa, I meet your needs every day. Do you trust me?”Are You Struggling to Trust God to Provide? Click To Tweet
I’m ashamed to admit I hesitated, then answered with a “Yes, but.” That question continued to filter through my head–do you trust me?
I turned on YouTube and “Honey in the Rock” was the first song that popped up on my playlist. I love that song by Brooke Ligertwood and featuring Brandon Lake. As I listened to the words and sang along with the lyrics, peace washed over me–the first since those defeating thoughts drowned out God’s Truth–as the words ministered in a way that only God can do.
I prayed, “Yes, Lord, I trust you. With all of it. I know you will provide. You are good all the time, no matter what circumstances we’re facing. Forgive my disbelief. Fortify my faith.” Less than an hour after praying that prayer, we received two different notifications that showcased God’s generous provision.
Isn’t that so like God? To provide beyond what we expect?
Philippians 4:19 NIV says it best:
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
God longs for us to trust Him. However, we are stubborn and prideful and think we can handle everything on our own. By humbling our hearts, putting our faith in Him, and listening to Him, we will receive rich blessings that can come in the most unexpected ways. God doesn’t promise to give us what we want, but He does promise to meet our needs. But first, we need to learn to trust, and we can do that in three ways:
Trusting God Requires Surrendering
Learning to trust God requires us to acknowledge who He is, humble our hearts and surrender our hearts and thoughts to Him. Surrendering may seem like we are defeated, and in essence, we are–to our own selfish desires. By surrendering, we are strengthening our faith and being equipped by God’s power in order to fight against the enemy who wants us to feel vulnerable and crushed. Trusting God gives us strength and supernatural power to defeat the enemy’s lies.
Trusting God Requires Learning
The more we spend time in His Word, the more we learn who God is and the value of believing in His promises. When we pray and grow that intimate relationship with Him, He will increase our faith. We will learn how to trust because of the steadfast Word of God.
Trusting God Requires Listening
Listening goes beyond hearing. It’s an intentional act that requires us to pay attention to what’s being said. God speaks to us through His Word, through music, through others, and through His Holy Spirit. When we develop and grow that intimate prayer life, then we are more open to hearing what God is whispering to our hearts.
What about you? When have you struggled to trust God to provide? What have you learned from that experience?