Do you ever find yourself overcome with worry, or stressed out over a situation that seems beyond your control? You may have been told to “trust God” in these instances, but what does that even mean? What does trusting God look like in practice?
Previously we have discussed how to find God in the midst of anxiety and depression, but even those who have professed with their mouths and believe in their hearts that Jesus is their savior have times of struggle. The problem is that the world is constantly trying to take our eyes off the “prize”, and this loss of focus opens us up to things that cause us to stumble. The world throws so many distractions at us that promise fleeting moments of happiness, but they merely keep us away from the incredible life that God has for us.
Trusting God isn’t a very complicated thing to do, but it can be a bit scary. Galations 2:20 says:
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Following Jesus means that you have been crucified WITH him. “It is no longer I who live” means that the “old you” is dead, and that Christ lives in you. You are no longer a slave to the world, and the desires of the flesh.
The question remains, how do we trust God? Well, as simple as the answer is, many people are convinced that they can get around it and still find the answer. The cold hard truth is that the Bible is the word of God. In order to know Him, you have to read His word, and apply His teachings to your life.
Once you know who God is, you are able to fully put your trust in Him. This isn’t a passive act. Jesus has told us how to live a life of righteousness, and calls us to follow Him. Luke 9:23 says:
Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Every day we have to make it a point to deny our old worldly self, and follow His word. This means we turn away from the things that are wrong, even if they brought us pleasure in the past. This can be especially difficult if we believe that these worldly things make up our identity, but the truth is Christ died to free you from that mindset. You are a child of God, full stop.
Nobody is perfect. We all struggle, and stumble, but we serve a loving God who is ready to forgive us, and give us more than we could ever imagine. If you are struggling with anything, have any questions, or just want to talk to someone, we are ready to chat with you right now. Click the button below, and let’s have a conversation.