Trusting and depending on God when times aren’t bad

Let’s be honest, there are a plethora of articles, books, and resources floating around that offer encouraging messages and valuable tools for how to trust God when hard times come our way. And we need them! I’ve even written a few of them. But what about trusting God when times AREN’T bad?

What about when life is trucking along just as it should be? Your little is finally potty-trained, your middle willingly eats his veggies, and your grown daughter is living out the life you hoped for her.

Do you trust God?

What about when you find the up-close parking spot and everything you needed at Target was not only in stock but on sale?

Do you trust God?

What about when you’re NOT facing a significant challenge, grieving the loss of a loved one, or watching your marriage disintegrate?

Do you trust God?

What about when things are changing, but they’re good changes? Changes you’ve prayed for. Blessings God is giving you. Like selling your home, adopting a child or seeing your first book in print?

Do you trust God?

What about when there’s food in the pantry, and all the bills are paid?

Do you trust God?

It makes sense to trust God when times are tough. Those are the times we know we need the help. Those are the times we know we’re not in control. Those are the times when we’re at such a loss that asking for help makes perfect sense.

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Life will always throw challenges at us. John 16:33 solidly assures us that, “In this world you will have trouble.”We know this all too well, but what about when life is rockin’ along, and everything is going okay?

When life circumstances bring us good, it might seem like a trick; it’s too good to be true. Trusting in God’s goodness goes against the grain of our skeptical nature. Succumbing to the fear of our unknown future comes all too easily. We snuggle up to the familiar rhetoric of our “what if’s” like a well-worn security blanket. We wait for the bottom to drop out from underneath us anticipating the hard landing into the pit of utter despair.

I have somehow come to believe that I don’t deserve the good and at any moment, God is going to notice what He’s given me (as if He didn’t know already) and say, “Woah!! Hold up! What was I thinking? She should not have that!” and pull it all away.

Sounds silly, right?

But I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way. God doesn’t do this to His children. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

God is so faithful to give us good gifts, and instead of reveling in the joy of those good gifts, we find ourselves fearing the bad that may or may not even come. In our lack of trust, we are preventing a moment because we’re trying to avoid a mess.

So how can we trust God when times aren’t hard? Here are three passages from scripture that will help.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12-13

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.Proverbs 31:25

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?Psalm 56:3-4

Father, help me to be content in all circumstances. Clothe me with strength and dignity and help me smile, even laugh, in the future. When I am afraid, also when times are good, Lord, help me trust entirely in you and your perfect love for me. Amen

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Andrea Stunz has been a Christ-follower from the age of seven. She is the loyal wife to one, loving mom to three amazing adult children, grateful mother-in-law and ridiculously proud grandmother. A well-traveled Texan, having lived in Brazil, Asia, and the UK, Andrea finds joy in her family, grace in her friends, beauty in a story, purpose in the sunrise, wonder in her travels, and hope in Colossians 1:17. Andrea longs to encourage others by sharing stories because “a story worth living is a story worth sharing”. Find more from her at AndreaStunz.com.


 

 

 

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