Do you find it hard to continue to trust in God when it seems like everything is falling apart or going in the wrong direction from what you hope for? Maybe it feels like God isn’t there at all; you are hearing and seeing nothing that feels like God is at work in your life.
In these times the logical side of our brain begins to question, is all this “Christian living” worth it? “I mean it’s so hard, and I’m giving up other things I enjoy doing, and for what? I don’t see any positive changes in my life. My problems are still there. So why not just go about living my life how I want to, since it is my life. If I am going to suffer anyway, at least I can do it on my terms.” Then our emotional side of our brain begins to kick in and we feel abandoned, disillusioned and possibly even betrayed by our God who is supposed to love us and be good to us. We feel hurt and angry that we are still in our current hardship and we may even give God a real piece of our mind and let Him have it. We may in our emotional state say, “forget you God! I’m done with you and all your rules. I’m done trusting in you because I’m not seeing any results for my good. I’d rather go it alone. All you have done is bring me greater hardship and complications.”
Have you been there my friend? Maybe you are there right now. If you have been or are, you are not alone.
The truth is, many of us question at some point, is it worth it to follow God and live as He calls us to live?
The key to answering this question is in where we seek our answer.
Who is your go to source for deciding if it’s worth it; if He’s worth trusting in and following His ways?
Do you look to yourself and all your vast wisdom on the subject? Do you trust in your feelings? This is a very dangerous place for any of us to be. One, we don’t know everything, far from it actually. Two, we can be so caught up in our own personal situations that we can’t often see objectively to discern well. Three, our feelings cannot be trusted when making decisions. They are only that-feelings. They are real in how we feel in that moment, but we should not base life-altering decisions on our feelings.
Do you look to your circle of friends or family as your source to determine if living for God is worth it? The Bible tells us to seek wise counsel to help us prosper.
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
The key in this Scripture is the word wise. What makes a person wise? Certainly not their own importance and understanding; rather drawing from what they have learned to be truth. A wise person is someone who seeks the truth and holds tight to that truth even when their circumstances would paint a very different picture. So if you seek the counsel of others to help you determine if it’s worth it to continue to trust in God, make sure you are seeking counsel from someone who has walked this walk. Make sure you are talking with someone who seeks Biblical truth and actively practices following this truth. This is how we gain wisdom and learn to discern-from seeking truth in the Word of God and applying it in our life. We learn through our experiences as we prove His Word and His promises true. Someone who has chosen to believe in what she or he knows to be true above their circumstances can tell you with wisdom if it’s worth it to keep on trusting in God and following His ways. Their testimony will be your answer!
Do you go to the source of truth to let Him show you who He is? When you come to this point of questioning in your life as many of us do, do you turn to His Word and ask Him to give you new eyes and a greater understanding of who He is to you? Do you ask Him to help you trust in Him simply because of who He is, and choose to believe His greatness is far bigger than any current circumstance you are walking in? Do you choose to remind yourself that God is always the same faithful, ever-present, all-knowing and loving God that has saved you before and will surely save you again?
You see, we serve an awesome God who knows we will stumble, and how quickly we can lose faith. He knows we will try to fight and figure everything out on our own so that we feel in control of our lives. He knows we are emotional and impatient creatures and we tend to let our emotions dictate our level of contentment instead of finding our contentment in Him. He knows all of this and this is why He says:
Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NLT) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
God is not asking you and me to figure it all out. In fact it’s quite the opposite. He wants us to trust in Him and seek His will and direction on a daily basis, so that we look to Him as our life-long guide. We can’t figure it all out. We only know what we can see, which is very limited. If you are someone who is striving to figure out every aspect of your life so you can fit it all into a neat little box that you have complete control over, I want to ask you how is that working out for you, truly? Do you ever have complete control over every aspect of your life? Or more often, when you think have gained control over one area, does something else pop up that sends your world out of balance again? That is life isn’t it? Always shifting, always changing. We will never be able to fully control every aspect of our world and God doesn’t want us to. It’s a futile and exhausting effort on our part to try to do that.
If we continue to read Proverbs 3 we see more specifically what God is asking of us, there is a lot of trust involved in areas we don’t naturally want to hand over to God. Read His Word and see with new eyes what He is really asking of you and me.
Verses 7-17 (NLT)
7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.
11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
God is asking for our heart to fully trust in Him-simply for who He is as God Almighty, as Lord of our life, as our Heavenly Father who loves us so deeply. He wants our trust first. He knows that unless we truly trust in Him, we will always be hot and cold in our walk with Him. Unless we trust in Him, we will let our circumstances determine if it’s worth following Him. Unless we trust in Him, we will let the world around us be our source of truth. We must choose to give God our full heart and trust in Him, the Creator, above what we know, what we see, and what we feel.
Without a commitment to trust in God and lean not on our own understanding, we will not stand firm in our faith.
When you come to a time in your life and ask, “is it worth it?” I pray you will choose to trust in what you know to be truth, that you will seek His truth to lift you in your time of need, that you will seek Godly counsel and encouragement to hold you up in your time of need. I pray you will walk by faith, even when you can’t see the next step, knowing He will always be there to keep you from falling.
Don’t give up. I promise you if you are feeling the waves of life crashing against you right now, you are right on the cusp of an incredible moment of glory! You will never see it or experience it if you throw in the towel. Stay in the race and cling tightly to the One who is for you! Read His Word to remind yourself and refocus your thoughts on who He is to you, and who you are to Him. Stay in the race. Stay with Him when life is the messiest and watch how He shows up. Trusting God is faith in action.
Find the answer to your question as you faithfully serve your God.
Father God, you made us in your image and to be in constant communion with you. You are all knowing and you have a perfect plan in motion for all of creation. You ask us to trust in you with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. Help me to bring my cares to you and give them to you to carry instead of shutting you out. Help me Lord to continue to take steps of faith and not give up the race. Help me to hold on so that I can see your glory in my life as I let you work in my situation. Help me to trust you with all of my heart and hold nothing back because you are worthy of all my trust and all of my love. Thank you for reminding me my circumstances don’t change who you are. Thank you for being my daily guide and strength. Thank you for setting my feet on solid ground. Thank you for lifting me above my circumstances and filling me with eternal hope. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Share your testimony of faith in action with us. How did you learn to build greater trust in God? How have you remained faithful in the hard times to keep on keeping on?