Trust Issues by Hannarich Asiedu
Are you having trust issues with God? You’re not alone. Earlier this year, I was expecting an all-important email. I had done what I felt was humanly required of me. Now it was God’s turn to do His part. On the day I was expecting the response, I refreshed my email almost every 30 minutes from morning to midnight and many days later. I trusted God so much for the answer I wanted. But it never came. I never got that email.
Trusting God does not mean believing he will do what you want, but rather believing he will do everything He knows is good.” ~ Ken Sande
Most of us have issues trusting God because He may have failed to answer our prayers from the past in the way we see fit. We don’t realize when God says in Romans 8:28 (NIV), “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” It does mean all things, including answered or unanswered prayers.
We may have believed Him to heal our sicknesses or that of our family and friends, and He didn’t. We may have asked Him for a financial miracle that never happened. We may have trusted Him for new businesses, new jobs, overcome an addiction, etc., which all did not seem to happen. Because of past unanswered prayers, most of us end up finding it difficult to trust God.
When Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were thrown into the fire. They had trust issues too. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have used the phrase “EVEN IF” in Daniel 3:18 (NIV), “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” By admitting “even if” shows they had some doubt that God may not deliver them. They had trust issues too.
However, the difference with these three Hebrew men was that they had no plan B, C, or D. They only had a plan A—that God will deliver them. If He didn’t, so be it, they perish in the fire. When Queen Esther approached the King, though she had not been called, she was scared and had doubts too. Yet, she stuck to her plan A and trusted God. Then boldly declared with no plans B, C or D that- “if I perish I perish” (Esther 4:16)
We make backup plans for ourselves, just in case God does not come through for us. As humans, we don’t want to be left hanging. So, we make plans A then B, C, and D. It is only rational and wise to do so. But trusting God is total surrender. We trust God in complete abandonment that He will come through, no matter what. We choose a plan A and stick to it to the very end, and we believe even when the physical evidence says otherwise. That is the premise of our faith in Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Otherwise, our faith is pointless if it is only based on physical evidence without God’s supernatural workings.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Below are three principles to help us overcome our “trust issues” with God:
1. ADMIT OUR DOUBT
If we are to trust wholly, we must be honest with God. He sees our hearts and minds. To start on a process of trusting God, we need to come completely clean with Him. Confess our brokenness and hurt with Him. Admitting our hurt is the first step to trusting God again.
2. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
It is easier to remember the times God did not come through in our lives than to recognize the times He did. No wonder David said in Psalm 103:2 (KJV), “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:”
We focus on those grand things God does and forget the “little” but vital things. We would not even be alive without these “little” miracles–waking us up every morning, taking us to and from work, school, etc. When our trust is wavering, let us make a conscious effort to remember the big things and the seemingly little things. Having a heart of gratitude is one of the ways we can trust God more. When we are grateful to God for His faithfulness in times past, we are more apt to believe He will come through again.
3. EXPOSE OURSELVES TO GODLY MATERIAL
When we are having trust issues, we must continuously expose ourselves to godly material through sermons, songs, audio bible, books, etc.
Presently we have access to the word of God in several forms. If any generation has no excuse for not finding God’s word, it is ours. We build our faith and trust by how much of God’s word we know. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 (NIV) to desire more of God’s word so that we can grow “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”
IN CONCLUSION Hebrews 11:16 (NIV) says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hannarich Asiedu is an addicted lover of God. She is happily married, Mom to three little guys, and lives in Dallas with her family. Hannarich believes happiness is contagious and longs to see everyone she encounters enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.
She is the author of the upcoming book “DECODING THE IN-LAW CODE.” She has a bachelor’s degree in English and French and has been in Management overseeing Corporate Relationships for almost a decade now. She has various non-fiction books in the works and is a public speaker and a Certified Life Coach.
For more information on her book releases and other works, please visit her website on http://www.myhannarich.com