Which Scripture verse comes to your mind when I say the word “trust”?
Per chance, is it Proverbs 3:5-6?
“Trust in the LORD with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
It’s one of those verses that most Christians can quote without any difficulty and it seems to be an especially common “go-to” verse whenever we are struggling with trust in our day to day Christian walk.
But the fact is, even though we may have the verse memorized, there are times and seasons when it feels next to impossible to do what it says…trust the Lord, no matter how much we want to. And let’s be honest. If we live long enough, we will all have trust issues with God at some point; whether it’s that we feel let down by Him or abandoned in time of need or feel downright ignored by a God who didn’t/doesn’t see us.
To make matters more complicated, when our earthly relationships fail in some way, we tend to blame God and feel justified in asking Him why something did or didn’t happen. When there seems to be no earthly reason as to the why, we wonder how God could allow (or orchestrate) something that allows such adversity and suffering. And inevitably, we wonder when we’ll be able to trust Him again.
After I posted my testimony series here, my good friend Jacque Watkins contacted me and invited me to be a guest on her Mud Stories podcast. She asked me to tell my story out loud and asked some questions I’d never been asked before, some of them about trust.
How does a tender-hearted person trust after they’ve been let down so many times?
How do you stay open to the possibility of hope that things will change, without closing down your heart as a protective mechanism?
Won’t you join us in this 2-part podcast where I tell my story ~ which is really God’s story; of grace and mercy ~ of His faithfulness and how we really can trust God even though we’ve been through the mud. Click here to listen jacquewatkins.com/episode39