On July 8th, 2022, our long-envisioned trip finally arrived. Our move from Canada to California, USA was right in front of us. With excitement, we scurried to find our seats on the plane; eagerly waiting for our plane to take off.
kids’ happy voices drifted across the aisle, as they chattered, pretending to be video recording their experience. Soon the plane started moving and we began peering through the plane’s window; wowing and aweing at the breathtaking patterns forming down below. From the refreshments on the plane to the reverie of a new life in America, the one without snow, our three-hour trip was splendid, exciting, and thrilling. Until a little while later, it wasn’t.
As the plane descended, I started feeling some pressure. A steady vibration in my ears; like a bell clanging inside my eardrum. Beside me lay my daughter, slouched on her seat and half asleep. I tried to hold back my tears as I felt my brain about to explode.
Just then, like the sudden attack of an armed band, my daughter gave out a loud wail. Throwing her hands out in the air and mouth wide open, “Help me, help me!” she screamed. The humming noise of the plane muffled the shout.
“Help! my ears, my ears, the scream continued. Clearly, all suggestions to yawn or chew did not bring her any relief. Next, the cry cranked up. “Make it stop! Make it stop!” The aching pain and screeching persisted for the next 15 minutes. Thankfully, we landed safely. However, the pain, drama, and distress of our landing experience almost sucked out the joy of our entire flight.
Well, thinking back now; in the thrill of our trip, I forgot that plane landing isn’t always as much fun as its take-off. Similarly, in life’s journey, our flight often starts out beautifully until life takes a gradual or a sudden swivel.
We transition to seasons that leave us disoriented, clueless, or incapable. From health issues to financial issues; losing a job to losing a loved one; from being single to being espoused, or from married to divorced; uncertainty, they say is the only certainty.
Though life drips with uncertainty or troubles (John 16:33). “We are also certain that the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter until the perfect day according to Proverbs 4: 18.
And while my unpleasant ear pain lasted for about 20 minutes with no life-shattering result, life’s pain usually lasts longer. Like the agonizing pressure in my ear, the pressures of life startle and besiege us with doubts.
They permeate other aspects of life and suck our joy and strength. How then do we ensure that amidst shock, and pain, our lives can still shine and reflect the glory of God? How can we intercept the downward loop?
I am convinced that the accuracy of what/who we trust and the depth of our trust determines how well our lives reflect God’s glory at difficult moments and subsequently.
Presently, I’m in a new season of life where I’m transitioning to being a stay-at-home mom; after a long period of a regimented 9-5 work life.
I have new and uncertain issues like; being on one steady family income; maximizing my time and talents; knowing where and how to serve in a local church; navigating the nuances of kids’ new school and school culture.
Perhaps like me, you find yourself in an uncertain, stressful, or awkward situation as well. I hear the Lord saying to you and me. “Trust me!” Set your gaze on me and don’t run from pillar to post. So, for the rest of this writing, I’ll focus on the four (4) ways we can trust God in difficult times.
Before we proceed, let’s ponder what trust in God really is.
To trust God is to have a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, and strength of God. This is 100% confidence that God is able and willing to help you and me in that struggle.
Four Ways to Trust God in Uncertainties of Life
1. Let God Be Your First Resort
Kenneth Hagin once said, “You are always right when you do the first things first”
Who or what do we first think of when we face challenges? Do we think of friends, a spouse, parents, a pastor, books, or Google?
Friends, spouses, parents or Google may carry a portion of knowledge, but only God is Omniscient —All-knowing.
Yes, we may need to gain certain skills, and be informed, however, consulting all others should come after we have enlisted the help of the Almighty, the source of all Wisdom.
Jeremiah 17:5 says “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.”
Basically, anything/ any person that we look up to will not stand the test of time. Only God, the Holy Spirit — who knows our strengths, weaknesses, specific situations, and life purpose can instruct us on how to best apply the body of knowledge for our best result.
Read here in Omotayo’s story, How He Learned This Truth The Hard Way.
Practical Ways to Seek God:
- Prioritize and carve out time for daily devotions with God
- Set apart special times or days to seek God in fasting and praying to understand God’s plans for you.
- Turn off distractions (social media, phones) to be still in God’s presence and to worship Him
- Locate related materials (books, videos) in areas of need and exert energy in building up your faith.
In that job situation, life-threatening sickness, or in studies; before we plan, or consult others, let’s take time to seek God. And let’s seek Him early through prayer and the Word(Psalm 63:1). In developing a habit of hearing God, we set a pattern of our lives to always align with God’s will.
2. Engage God’s Instructions and Follow Through
“A faith that makes God responsible for everything in your life is not a responsible faith.” — David Oyedepo
For many years, I struggled with maths. Now, one of my daughters also struggles with maths. I observed her attitude toward math, and I finally realized that like me, she often ignores the simple instructions that would have led to the correct answer.
She’ll sometimes want to guess the answer even without putting pen to paper. Many complex math problems won’t simplify without actively engaging the instructions at different steps.
Similarly, many life complexities won’t simplify without actively engaging the creator’s specific instructions. When we come to God in prayer, He will often instruct our hearts. As we carefully engage those instructions — regarding finances, health challenges, relational issues, or studies — we prove our faith.
For we cannot say that we have faith when we do not prove it by our actions (James 2: 14-17). Even bible characters like Naaman, Abraham, Moses, and Noah, who faced difficulty received instruction at strategic points in their lives. Only as they diligently heeded God’s instructions did they overcome their storms.
What are you anxious about? Have you developed an attitude of seeking God? Has God instructed you? Have you engaged His instructions? As we do what the Holy Spirit instructs us, whether to fast, forgive, sow a seed, or just to wait; we commit God to act through our obedience.
Here’s Amaka’s story of How Through Simple Instruction, God Provided Financially To Offset Debt
Some indexes to measure your trust level
- How promptly do we obey God? “And Abraham rose up early the next morning to go kill his son” Gen. 22:3
- Do we engage or ignore those seemingly strange requests of God?
- Why should Naaman dip himself seven (7) times in the river Jordan?” 2 Kings 5:1-15.
- Why river Jordan and not a river in Syria?
Practical Steps to Trusting God
- Before you study the word or Pray, ask the Lord to speak to you
- In personal or corporate worship/prayer, have a notebook beside you to note down God’s instructions. You show in this way that you’re expecting God to speak to you, and He will. This also helps you make God’s instructions definite.
- Keep being in the word and in prayer. In His presence, we receive strength to act on His instructions. (Philippians 2:13).
3. Be Consistent
Jericho’s wall did not fall on the 1st-day march nor the 2nd- day march but until the seventh day and only after the seventh march and a long blast (Joshua 6: 1- 20).
Naaman’s skin did not get healed on his 1st dip in the river Jordan nor on the 2nd or on the 3rd dip in the river.
He only got healed after his 7th dip (2 Kings 5: 1-15). As a result, we may not experience fullness in that pending difficulty unless we, through the strength of God, consistently obey. For, if the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth” — Ecclesiastes 11:3.
In my own life, many times, I’ll eagerly set out in obedience. However, as my feelings subside, I’ll begin to slack. This isn’t God’s best for us.
For It is not the one time or the two times that we obey that establishes God’s best in that issue — in marriage, parenting, or finances. It is our habit of obedience and our consistency. Our complete obedience justifies God to punish all injustice that befalls us (2 Corinthians 10:6).
Here’s Taiwo’s story of How God Provided Money And a Job Through a Season of Consistency.
4. Having Done All Else, Stand!
Does trusting God exempt us entirely from a harsh, hard or difficult flight? Does it mean things will always work as we planned? I don’t believe so.
- Have you ever wondered, “Why Moses didn’t enter the promised land amidst his faithfulness?
- “Why did Job lose all his possessions, his business, his children, and his servants in one day despite his integrity?
- “Why did Lazarus die even though Jesus, the Healer, was His friend?
- “Why didn’t John the Baptist get delivered from Prison? Why was he beheaded, even after ushering the deliverer of the universe into the world?
- “Why did Jesus, the saviour of the whole Universe, with all His power and ability not save himself?”
Well, you may say that Moses did not enter because of anger and that Job later regained his possessions and children. You wouldn’t be wrong if you answered Lazarus resurrected back to life, and that Jesus rose from the dead.
More so, from John the Baptist’s life, we can intelligently say that God’s silence does not always mean that we missed God. However, the only reason you would answer this way is that you now know the full story.
The curtain of history opened, and we peeped to see the whole picture. In like manner, a full stop hasn’t punctuated our lives yet. So we may sometimes be puzzled just as these heroes and their relatives would have been.
In addition, like Mary and Martha, when God seems silent as we watch loved ones suffer in sickness, when we see a friend, suffer the loss of their spouse; when we see kids orphaned at such a young age, you may ask, “God where are you?” you feel horribly disappointed; you feel maligned, hurt, and even forgotten.
This is the time to consider that in God’s silence, He still speaks. God brings us to a deeper level of love and intimacy. At the very right time, the Lord showed Mary a deep level of intimacy and His power that wasn’t revealed to anyone at that time.
He proved to them He was the resurrection and the life ( John 11:25). Yes, while it seemed time had gone by, opportunities had been missed; a brother had been lost, God’s glory still shone in Mary and Martha’s lives.
Therefore, you and I will have a safe landing at our destinations. We will shine until the perfect day as we habitually seek God first, engage his instructions, and consistently submit to Him. For even in death, He is our resurrection and our life (John 11:25).
Read here in Hepzibah’s story, how God revived a dying hope and life.
Some Questions to Gauge Our Trust In God
- Have you stopped believing in God?
- Are you actively meditating on the word?
- Are you actively declaring God’s word over the situation?
- Are you still having fellowship with other spiritually-minded Christians?
- Have your communication/ prayers weakened?
Share your thoughts with us.