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    Q&A – What Do I Do When My Trust In God Falters?

    Question:

    What do I do when my trust in God falters?

    Answer:

    We all experience times of doubt. Everyone has or will have a time when his or her trust in God waivers a bit. Even some of our favorite biblical heroes had trust issues. David had several moments when his trust in God faltered: How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me – Psalm 13:1. Jonah did not trust God to protect him from the people of Nineveh so he tried to run away. Jeremiah did not trust that God could use him to speak to the nation of Israel.

    There are so many stories in the Bible of people that we look up to as “heroes of the faith” having their own periods of mistrust in God. So, when your trust in God falters:

    • Remember that you are in good company. Bible heroes had doubts and trust issues too!
    • Go to God in prayer and confess your trust issues. God already knows what you are dealing with, so talk to Him about it. When you take your troubles to God in prayer, He may reveal to you why you are struggling or reassure you or both!
    • Take a page out of King David’s book and worship God even if you don’t feel like it. Read a Psalm out loud to God in prayer. Let God know that even though you are having a hard time trusting Him right now, you still believe that He is good, holy, etc.
    • For such a time as this keep a prayer journal. Write down situations/things that you pray for and when God answers, go back and write down how God answered. Then in times of doubt you can go back and read how God has shown Himself to be trustworthy in your life.

    Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up when you have periods of doubt. God doesn’t want you to feel guilty or ashamed. God knows when we have doubts; the important thing is to keep moving toward Him when these doubts come and press through. Don’t turn away from God when you doubt–that won’t solve anything and it will be a very long journey back.

    Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5

    Written by Jenn Arman

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    19 COMMENTS

    1. This is an awesome article. I really needed this. I have depression and most days I find myself in darkness. I hate straying away from God. I feel like I am a bad person. But now, thanks to this article, I realized that I am not a bad person. I just need to pray about my problems and everything will be alright 🙂

    2. It helped me a lot…Mu friend was questioning if jesus was in my heart..because I was doing things wrongly…she said that was it Him who was doing all those things? I felt so angry and ashamed too….Maybe he wanted me to talk these with Him..so he lead me here…..Thank you for this amazing article…

      • You know there is a God because think about how the world got here. The Universe or vastness of emptiness and all that’s in it has not always been here. It had to have a start. No DNA formula is alike. Our human brains are way too complex to have been started by a single atom. (How’d that “single atom” get there in the first place) How do we as humans, have the ability to think in our minds without saying it aloud? Think about it… 🙂 You know the Bible is real…because NO one can disprove it. 🙂 The only time people think they disprove it is when they take it out of context. Also, many of the phrophesies in the end times in the Bible, are now being fulfilled today. You know Christianity is the right religion because it’s not a religion. It’s a relationship with Jesus. http://www.everystudent.com/wires/religions.html Check out that site. It shows the differences between Jesus and every single other religion. When people first become a Christian, they’re eyes are opened and they all of a sudden have a desire to do His Will….even if they don’t know much about Him…God places in their heart to learn more about Him and do His Will! :)I also heard a true story from a missionary at my church. He said that the small, secluded village in Brazil he went to, had previously never heard about Jesus or God until a few years back. Some guy living in that tiny village was in his drug stupor and he had a dream about hell the first day. The second day, he saw angels in his realistic dreams. The third day, he saw Jesus and Jesus told him who he was! This guy is now the village preacher. Remember, this whole village had never ever heard even the name, Jesus or God before because they were so poor and secluded from other villages. This village was previously pagan, did witchcraft, witch doctors and etc. Now they know Jesus! This is a completely true story! 🙂

      • its called faith. its the trust hope belief in something and it is not based on proof! im not going to lie my faith in God is shaky sometimes, especially when the topic of death is involved. but God is like love or the wind while you cant actually see it you can feel it as well as see its effects and THAT is where you derive your belief in God. i hope you find answers to these questions ill be praying for you!

      • Hi:) I have struggled with a LOT of doubt, and I still do. Please understand that I can’t even begin to try and communicate all the different things that have helped me believe, but I strongly recommend that you read “God’s Smuggler,” by Brother Andrew, and “The Hiding Place,” by Corrie Ten Boom. They are true accounts of the lives of Christians. (Brother Andrew is not a monk, but he is often referred to as ‘Brother,). These books have really helped me out. Ravi Zacharias also wrote a book called, “Why Jesus?” and there is a version directed more toward teenagers. I have often struggled with the same questions that you are having, but I want you to know, prayer, (or rather, God responding to our prayers) really does help. I talked to my brother and a few other people about my doubts, and just talking with someone face to face really helped me. God loves you! I still doubt Jesus a lot, but that’s largely because of the different moods that I am in, and while it’s very painful, I believe that doubt can sometimes help our faith grow-when we come out of them, we feel stronger! Reading the books I have mentioned helped me trust that the Bible is true, and it helps when I consider how, if God/Jesus/The Bible were not real, there would be no hope for this world. We would be imperfect humans with no purpose. No emotions! That last part is important, because, well, we DO have emotions. C.S. Lewis talked about a moral law that we are naturally born with-this is something he doesn’t believe we could have if God were not real. Ravi Zacharias expanded on this responding to people who objected to the existence of God because there was too much evil in the world. This argument is actually self-destructive! Because to believe in evil, you have to believe in good, and to believe in good and evil, you have to believe in some kind of law that allows you to tell the difference. But to believe in a moral law, you have to believe in a moral law Giver (the reason for this is that a moral question is always raised either by a person or about a person) and the moral law Giver would have to be perfect. This is God. I hope that wasn’t too confusing, but please keep praying, and don’t give up! God has brought me so much farther than I was a few months ago in my faith. I used to hear people say stuff like that, and think that I could never achieve this. God bless you, and I encourage you to at least talk to someone-it was extremely hard for me, and I still have not talked to very many in my family about it, so I don’t want to make it sound like I’m this Christian with big faith-I’m very doubtful and struggle a LOT. but just starting with someone you trust can really help. Hope this helped as well. 🙂

    3. Thank you so much Jenn for this article! Once I thought God wasn’t real so I called myself an atheist, but then I realized I can’t live without God. My faith is still kind of weak, but I am praying every day, and I’m going to start a prayer journal. Please pray for me.

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