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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

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19 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by lizzylulz on February 18, 2012 at 15:43

    THANK YOU for this. I needed it so much.. I’ve been doubting God lately. It’s interesting how God got my attention lol. But it’s getting better. (:

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Alex Russo on February 18, 2012 at 14:23

    Very touchin’ article Jenn.I think I heard God talk to me! 😀

  3. Blacky99

    Posted by Blacky99 on January 25, 2012 at 17:56

    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.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeautifulByGod123 on December 10, 2011 at 19:07

    Thanks Jenn! I have been saying that God is punishing me. He has put me in a bad spot in my life and I just need someone that understands what Im going through.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on November 30, 2011 at 16:30

    This really helped! Thanks! I totally clicked on this topic by accident and I’m glad I did!

  6. Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 20:43

    This article has helped me TREMENDUOUSLY! 🙂 Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Yazmin M. on November 3, 2011 at 16:41

    How do I know there is a God.?
    How do I know the bible is real.?
    How do I know i’m in the right religion.?
    Please, I need advice and help.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by A. Christine on May 21, 2012 at 18:01

      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. 🙂

    • Posted by on November 12, 2011 at 19:15

      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!

    • Posted by on November 9, 2011 at 17:52

      Sometimes it is hard to know. You just gotta trust and let God work in your soul.

    • JessicaLS

      Posted by JessicaLS on November 8, 2011 at 13:09

      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! 🙂

  8. Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 07:08

    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…

  9. Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 06:08

    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 🙂

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by JojoIsMe on October 31, 2011 at 22:11

    beuatiful, i love this site

  11. Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 09:11

    Thank You so much, God always comes right on time… Always.

  12. Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 08:16

    Amen…thank you

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sami on October 30, 2011 at 22:26

    That was a really good article! Thanks for it!

  14. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 17:40

    Thank you so much for this article Jenn! I think God was speaking to me! 🙂

    • Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 21:53

      You’re so welcome Jessica! 🙂