Growing up I loved to listen to the hymn that we’d sing in church “Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus” the lyrics were so powerful as they talked about how sweet it is to just trust the Lord. While it’s easy to trust the Lord in times of plenty, often in times of hardship and lack, we tend to run from the Lord instead of running into His arms for comfort and a big daddy hug.
The great thing about Jesus is that He wants all of you. He wants you to run to Him when you are happy, joyful, hurting, sad, tired, lonely, etc. He wants you to just run to Him. He wants DAILY fellowship with you. Imagine you have a friend. You talk to this friend only when you feel you need to. How deep would your friendship be? Would you know that person’s likes, dislikes, walk through storms, support on another? No, you’d have a superficial friendship.
So what are the 5 Ways to Trust the Lord When Times Are Tough…
- Rest in Him – It’s easy to run around and help everyone, do everything, but often the Lord is calling us to a season of rest. It’s not a season of sitting and doing nothing but instead waiting on Him. Spending Time in His presence.
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation, I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalms 46:10
2. Read Your Bible Daily – You cannot learn if you do not know. Study verses on Trusting the Lord. Several good ones stand out to me like:
- Joshua 1: 9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Psalms 13:5 – “But I trust in your unfailing love my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
- Psalms 20:7 – “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
3. Pray continuously – God knows your heart. He knows your struggle. Maybe you are going through a relationship struggle, a rough time with parenting your teenager, your child got a new diagnosis and you are wondering why. I’ve been there. I remember times when I was asking God Why. But God knew.
Pray and don’t worry about praying perfect prayers. Just speak your heart to the Lord. Let him know how you feel. Be honest. I have prayed, “God, I feel broken. Can you meet me right here right now and fill my heart.” I can promise you that He will. He has met me right where I am at every single time. He’s faithful!!
4. Fellowship with Like Minded Believers – Don’t neglect fellowship with people because you want to isolate
But I tell you DON’T DO IT. Get out there, accept the invitation, go to church, go for coffee, and don’t stop. Because when you stop is when you give in. The enemy wants to win and you can’t let him win!! Depression can set in. But you need to stay around people who will support you, build you up, remind you of who you are in Christ, and speak life into your heart.
yourself. I’ve done it. I’ve wanted to close the door, hide under the covers, and just HIDE.
Hebrews 10:25 – And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
5. Listen to Worship Music – I don’t know about you but when I listen to encouraging music, my mindset changes. I love to worship to beautiful worship music. My playlist is long as I have a playlist for every situation. Right now my favorite is my Worship Love – Playlist. It has Reckless Love, I Exalt Thee, So Will I, No Longer Slaves, just to name a few.
I hope this has helped you in finding ways to trust the Lord through difficult times. I want to leave you with one thing, “God is faithful.” He will see you through this time and you will get through to the other side. Most of all remember God loves you!!