How To Deal With Trust Issues [Doubt] In Your Relationship With God.
The issue isn’t why you can’t trust God. It’s more like why you can’t trust Him with everything. You can trust God to wake you up tomorrow morning, but you can’t trust him for divine healing and things you consider bigger. That brings us to the point of ‘knowing God’. We trust God to save us from sin, because we know Him as Savior. But many of us end there. As His word God is revealed in deeper ways, we can trust for deeper things. Faith/Trust comes by hearing the word of God. We trust him for what we know! God would like you to believe him for everything that is made available to you in him, but, if you believe that a drug will heal faster than prayer will, and you have money, buy the drug, God will not refuse your healing because you trust in the drug more. He is kind. You can’t trust God in certain aspects, because you don’t know Him in those aspects. Should you believe in the drug more? Of course not. The question is how can you believe more or for more? Cause that’s where the true benefits of being a child of God lies. The answer is to grow in Christ and get to know him more. You get to know Him more by 1) Reading the scriptures 2) Spending quality time with Him and 3) Practically getting committed to knowing Him. You need to do those three things if you want to be able to trust Him. Which brings us to another question.
Is it okay to doubt?
Yes, It’s okay to really doubt. Take Job. Of all his friends, he doubted God the most. But God was okay with it. Job 42:1-6. God’s response is verse 7. God was angry with Job for speaking about stuff he didn’t know about (chapter 40 and 41) But he commended Job for asking Him, and condemned Job’s friends for questioning Job.
“Job answered the LORD: I know you can do anything; no plan of yours can be opposed successfully. You said, “Who is this darkening counsel without knowledge?” I have indeed spoken about things I didn’t understand, wonders beyond my comprehension. You said, “Listen and I will speak; I will question you and you will inform me.” My ears had heard about you, but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I relent and find comfort on dust and ashes. After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, he said to Eliphaz from Teman, “I’m angry at you and your two friends because you haven’t spoken about me correctly as did my servant Job. So now, take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job, and prepare an entirely burned offering for yourselves. Job my servant will pray for you, and I will act favorably by not making fools of you because you didn’t peak correctly, as did my servant Job.”
Job 42:1-8 CEB
Also doubt gives way for deep examination of what we believe, it shows that we are sincere in our pursuit of knowing God, and are not just shutting down our brains to follow, but doubt shouldn’t draw us away from God. It should be an instrument to draw us closer and find answers to our questions in Him. Not away from him, but in Him.
What is the summary of all we’ve said? You can only trust what you know, using the “we have faith for salvation” analogy. So trusting God more comes from learning about him more. And we learn more by reading his word. For stuff we don’t know much about, we trust him based on what we know before (Isaiah 11:2).
What do we do when doubt is inevitable? We don’t wallow in self-pity like we’ve sinned, neither do we let doubt cloud our vision and stop us from having faith. We question the author of the book we’re scripted in and get answers.