How and why should we trust God when things aren’t going “to plan”?
In hindsight, my first year of university went so smoothly. There was nothing that I really wanted that I did not get. I networked my socks off, made great friends, my grades were solid and my CV was gleaming.
To put it simply, I couldn’t remember what it felt like to truly struggle, to truly feel rejection, or have a seemingly important door not just closed but slammed shut in my face with no explanation.
You see it’s very easy to trust God when your life is going “to plan” – I would pray for things, God would continuously answer my prayers (and then some!) and I got so comfortable with that formula that eventually I felt like I could rely on myself. I knew what I was doing. WRONG!
When things stopped going to plan – I lost confidence, doors kept closing, the rejections were rolling in and I wasn’t where I thought I should be by this point. I even found myself trying to rationalise God (Ha!). But I told You my plans; how could You let this happen to me; what am I supposed to do now? But thank God for renewed understanding – I have grown a lot since this and my struggles have forced me to lean on God not just when I’m high but especially when I’m low. Our low points should not be synonymous with abandoning Christ. Do you remember what Paul said about delighting in hardships? (Read: 2 Corinthians 12:6-10).
And I am learning that:
- Our so-called plan should never substitute God’s plan for us (Proverbs 19:21). Yes, we should make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6), but we should remember that He knows what we need before we even ask (Matthew 6:8), which is even more reason to just trust Him. He knows what he’s doing for real.
- With trust in God comes peace of mind and stability (Philippians 4:6-7 & Jeremiah 17:7-8). It feels amazing to be at peace with a situation despite how chaotic and uncertain it might seem to an outsider looking in.
I know that trusting God is a lot easier said than done. So if we ever find ourselves struggling, here are some useful things to remind ourselves daily:
- God works for the good of those who love Him
- We may make plans but God will establish our steps
- God has got your back and is on job 24/7
- God is all powerful, so there’s nothing He can’t do
We can’t rationalise God
– He’s too smart for that, duh!
Ultimately, I believe that trusting God is a matter of faith. You can’t have faith if you don’t trust God and you can’t trust God if you don’t have faith. I would strongly encourage you to read Hebrews 11 re: faith in action. It provides several examples of biblical people such as Abel, Sarah, Joseph and more displaying courageous amounts of faith in everyday life, which we can all learn from.
God bless you!
Have you read my previous Monday Musings in a Minute? #MMM