The world is fast becoming a dangerous place for many Christians around the world, but the word of God tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
So the question is how do we do that? How do we trust God when we see terrible things happening to our friends and relatives?
Here are 7 steps we can take to trust our God in every situation:
1. Stop depending on your own strength
Solomon, one of the wisest and wealthiest kings who ever lived wrote in Proverbs, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
We have all faced disappointments in life when we have depended upon ourselves, but we’re meant to rest in God’s understanding because He knows everything. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33
We have to trust in His wisdom and understanding daily and lay aside our own plans and expectations—and surrender to His plans.
2. Pray to God
We are called to surrender to God and live a life in commitment to His plans for our lives. “in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6)
By praying to God we acknowledge that His ways are higher than ours and that we surrender to Him and leave all our troubles and burdens in His hands.
“Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. ” (Psalm 55:17)
3. Stay away from sin
The world offers so much to us in the form of filth that can corrupt our minds and hearts and turn us away from God.
We must focus on the word of God and do our best to please Him in all our ways. “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
When we pursue God we will find Him and have abundant life. Running away from evil and pursuing God isn’t going to be easy but needs a serious change in our life.
4. God should be our priority in life
Keeping our family first sounds so good and religious but we have to have a “God-centric” life and not a “me-centric” life.
We have to honor the Lord with everything and especially with our money. “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9–10)
5. Listen to the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to them who would be their spiritual help and guide.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
Even today the Holy Spirit guides us, and we don’t have to do life all alone, because we have a spiritual helper who leads us into all truth and protects us.
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14)