Of control and curveballs
Aah life; it never really seems to have a shortage of curveballs to throw at us. Yes, all our circumstances are different and the problems we have as a result are also greatly varied. However, there is no difference whatsoever in that pitting feeling at your very core when you realize that you may not have as much control as you wished you did.
Perhaps the most appropriate example of how easy it is to lose control is the current global situation with Covid19. Who knew that all it took was one little microscopic bug to essentially cripple the entire world. And as we go through these trying times and the different curveballs that come with it, all we can say is that in God we trust.
It hurts more than it helps
Do you take pride in being independent? Then you probably understand better than anyone else just how difficult it can be to completely surrender control. It can be absolutely nerve-wracking to think that you might not be the one to bail yourself out of whatever hole you have fallen into.
What many of us fail to appreciate is the fact that sometimes holding on too much only hurts us. You might think you know the way out of whatever problem you are dealing with. However, in some cases the solution you think you have is the absolute opposite of God’s intended way out, and continuing on that path will only prolong your suffering.
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Remember David’s wisdom in Proverbs 3:5.
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”
Trust vs. Faith: Understanding the difference
Before we get into details on how to take on the In God we trust attitude, it is important to understand what trust means. It is particularly crucial that you learn how to distinguish it from faith.
To put it simply, faith is the belief in things that we have no proof for. This means believing in God despite the fact that you have never actually physically seen his being. Trust on the other hand is more about believing in His goodwill and that there is a plan in everything.
Author Nolan Dalla takes the differentiation further citing that trust is more often than not built on evidence of past grace and blessings that have been sent your way by God.
With this understanding, it is clear that it is possible to believe in God’s presence and power but not fully trust Him to take care of you.
Bible giants who lived by the ‘In God We Trust’ mantra
This has been a driving mantra for many iconic Bible heroes. Let us take a look at three of the best examples and see what there is to learn from their stories:
”When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” -Psalm 56:3-4
David’s entire life was a journey of trusting God and a truly inspiring and exciting one at that. Whether he was fighting lions, armies or his own personal demons, David always made a point to involve God in his plans and on more than one occasion completely let go of control.
What is probably the most iconic example of his trust in God was when he had to fight Goliath. He trusted that God would not only protect him but also give him victory. And it worked out wonderfully for him.
Daniel and his 3 besties
”The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den, and when Daniel was lifted out of the den, no wounds whatsoever were found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” – Daniel 6:23
Daniel and his 3 companions Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego were put to the ultimate test of both faith and trust. It all started with their defiance to secular laws which landed them in trouble. And whether it was the pit of lions or the furnace, they maintained their trust in God to get them through safe.
There is probably no bigger curveball in history than having God Himself as your father only to be offered as a living sacrifice for the sake of everyone’s sins. I know most of us would probably have bowed out if we were asked to bear that yoke.
However, Jesus took it like a champ and truly trusted God and the process. And thousands of years later, billions of souls have been saved because one man agreed to let go of the wheel.
There is freedom in letting go; Here’s how you do it
Clearly, trusting God works and we have learnt time and again from different scriptures in the good book about how God never lets those who put their trust in him down. But how do you actually go about letting go? Here are a few pointers that could help you out on your journey to figuring out how to trust God:
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When things go sideways in your life and plans fail, go against your instincts to panic and just take a moment to breathe. Remember that God saw this coming and had His own plans already underway. So take it in stride and trust that things have already been taken care of.
Use the resources provided to you by grace
Sometimes, God’s response to your curveballs is to give you the resources you need to take care of the situation. You just have to look around you and you will find them. That way, you do not just have to sit by and do nothing as your life seemingly falls apart.
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Learn how to express your fears and disappointments to the Lord. Yes, He already knows what you are going through and has plans underway to help you out. However, speaking to Him will give you a sense of peace and comfort which definitely makes things easier.
God does things in His own time and even when you think He is late or dragging the process, His timing is always perfect. So be patient even when things are hitting rock bottom. If you trust Him he will not let you down.
No one has ever said that trusting God is easy- but it does always work out. So let go of the wheel and learn to live in the in God we trust mindset. Let He who knows all guide you out of whatever darkness that is taking over your life.
”Blessed is the man who trusts is in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord” – Jeremiah 17:7