You may be like me in that you often struggle with doubting God. I hate to admit it, but far too often I don’t trust that God has my best interests in mind when things don’t go the way I think they should.
In my heart, I know that I can and should trust God completely. After all, He created the universe, so He should be able to handle the affairs of my life, shouldn’t He?
Then why do I allow my lack of faith to bubble to the surface and keep me from experiencing all the peace of God that He wants for His children?
If you also struggle with a lack of faith, then I’ll tell you the same thing I tell myself: God is good all the time—all the time, God is good.
Try this. The next time you’re faced with a challenging situation and you’re tempted to question God and His motives, take a moment to reflect on a previous trial in your life. It may have been last week, or it could even be from decades ago in your childhood.
Just make sure it’s a situation where you can clearly see God’s hand at work. Perhaps he worked out the situation supernaturally in a way you can’t explain. Or maybe it was something simple—just an affirmative answer to a prayer sent up to Heaven.
The point is to recognize God’s work in the situation. Think about and really appreciate how His touch worked out in your favor. Perhaps even thank God again for His help during this time, no matter how long ago it was.
Now, here’s the key. If you can truly see and appreciate God’s handiwork during this trial in your life, you realize He can be trusted.
He’s got your back, as the apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:28:
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
It doesn’t matter what kind of challenge you’re facing. We’re assured that when it’s all said and done, God is working it out for your benefit.
Even if you’ve just lost your job, or a loved one has died, or your car has broken down on the side of the highway—something good will come out of this situation.
God, in His infinite wisdom and goodness knows what He’s doing. And as mere human beings, there’s no way we can possibly begin to understand His actions. Even though the situation may look like a total mess to us, it is completely under His control.
In fact, in Ecclesiastes 8:17 we’re told that we can’t ever hope to have full understanding of God’s actions:
I observed all the work of God and concluded that a person is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun.
Also, in Isaiah 64:4 we read:
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
These are just two of the verses that tell us we will never comprehend the mysteries of God. Therefore, trust is the key.
If God came through for us before, He can and will again. We shouldn’t worry or fret over the situation because God already has it worked out.
God exists outside of our human concept of time. While we can only live in the present—having already experienced the past and waiting for the future to happen—God is not limited in this way. He is in the past, present, and future all at one time.
He knows exactly what is going to happen to us. To Him, it’s already settled. And while we can’t exist in the same nonlinear space that God does, we can surely trust Him that everything in our lives will work out for the best.
Once again, if we can look back on our lives and recognize God’s activity during our times of crisis, we can rest solidly on the fact that He will do the same again.
The outcome may not look like we’re expecting it to or think it should, but we can be certain that it’s all for the best.
God is loyal and He loves His children. Waiting patiently on Him is an exercise in faith. Our faith will actually grow during challenging times as we rest in our belief that God will work every situation out for our benefit.
After all, God is more concerned about building our character than He is about our physical comfort. Certainly, he would much rather shape our attitudes about material things than give in to our request for more money, a newer car, or a bigger house.
That’s not to say He doesn’t want us to have those things, but if it comes down to either more income or a stronger Christian character, He is going to act in a way that builds our character.
That may not be what we want to happen, at least in the here and now, but in the end, we’ll be better off because of God’s plan.
So, when it’s all said and done, simply trust God. Trust Him that He loves us and that He wants only the best for us. He’s our loving Heavenly father. And what father doesn’t want the best for His kids?
A toddler doesn’t understand his parents’ motives for telling him to stay away from a busy roadway, but avoiding the dangers of passing traffic is obviously for his benefit.
The same holds true for us. Even though we don’t understand why things happen as they do in our lives, God does, and He’s firmly in control.
In that, we can be absolutely certain. Just as that toddler doesn’t have to worry about food and shelter, we don’t have to worry about our basic needs. God has everything under control.
Remembering that God is good and that He’s working on our behalf will help us rest in peace no matter what we’re faced with.