When do you stop trusting God?

img_0345When do you stop trusting God?  That was a question posed to my group in a recent bible study. Most people in the group thought about dark times in their life. Times when they were at a real low. A loved on may have died, they lost an important job, their family was actively dysfunctional or some other unfortunate event shook their faith. My answer was different. I never had the experience of not trusting God in bad times. I never blamed God for my problems. I stop trusting God, when things are really good.

When my bills are paid, my wife and I are getting along, the kids are healthy and my job situation is great, I forget to trust God and do the things which produced the blessings. I don’t read my bible as much, I don’t dedicate time to meditate daily and I don’t think about God. I think I’ve got everything handled. As I recognized this, I realized just how dangerous it could be. I needed a way to destroy this thought process.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18 clearly distinguishes worldly things from eternal things and gives insight into where our focus should be. If we can maintain an eternal mindset, our perception of worldly items providing security will vanish.

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

James 4:14 should make us think about the flimsiness of this life. What worldly security can protect against an unseen future event? None of them can be more secure than the love of our God.

I’ve learned that good times are probably the best times to develop a relationship with God. Without an over-arching stress in our life, we can process the word of God in a more comprehensive way. As a leader, you should learn to identify things that can rattle your faith and how to proactively prepare for that day. It’s coming.

4 thoughts on “When do you stop trusting God?

  1. This is so true. Most of us forget about God when we enjoy life here on earth. But one thing I learned is that God will not allow us to sin. He will always re-direct our life and focus to Him even if it means letting us experience some trials and challenges. Most people seek God when they are helpless. But I wish more people need not to experience being helpless before knowing and having a relationship with God. ☺

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    1. That’s interesting. I have gone through a lot of trials, just like a lot of people. I hit rock bottom and God entered my life and changed it for the better. I always say that I had to go through those trials to become who I am today. If I didn’t, I don’t think I would appreciate precious moments like I do now. I wouldn’t have the drive to push myself through obstacles and such. I think the struggles along our journey beat us down into a pile of mush so that God can reform us in His image. Having said all that, like you, I wish it didn’t have to be that way. But who are we to question God’s plans?

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      1. I agree… and the amazing thing is that most often than not, God uses these trials that we encounter to bless not only us but other people as well. God uses people to bless others, and usually it’s the people who have experienced rock bottom that He uses to inspire, motivate and transform others.

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