What do I do when my trust in God falters?
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