Practical ways I learned to trust God as a new Christian
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5
Before I was saved, the thought of a Christian throwing their verses at me probably would have made me feel like I was being patronized and being given useless information. I would have rather that you just say nothing at all. But now…now that I know, now that I’ve been in His presence, now that I’ve walked with Him, seen Him lead, and know the peace of trusting in Him, I’ve come to realize that His word and promises have POWER! Actual power, actual meaning, they’re practical instruction for my life.
If you’re struggling with something today, let me tell you, there will be a new day. There is relief for your pain, there will be rest for your weary heart. And although that doesn’t relieve your pain right now, I know from experience that He desires for us to lay our burdens at his feet, to give it over to him, to trust him. You’re no doubt wondering “how do I do this” or even “easy for you to say”. So I’m sharing with you what I’ve learned, and what’s worked for me when I couldn’t understand why both my husband and I lost our jobs, and our lives began to fall apart. I want you to know that I speak from the scary struggle that you may be in right now.
What is the practical way of doing this?
- Immerse yourself in a bible study that speaks to the season you’re in. Perhaps one about faith, prayer, doubt, or whatever emotion that is keeping your from fully giving your trust over to God. As a new Christian, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for in the bible to give you the encouragement you need. It’s imperative that you find a church you can trust. Also, take a look at their website, most of them today have their teachings online and typically you can find them broken down into categories. But please be sure that you are using your Bible, and if something does not settle well in your spirit or doesn’t feel right to you, do research and pray until you reach a conclusion that is in line with God’s character and his word.
- OK, this one might seem odd but I always try to think of it like a staring contest, no really, hear me out on this! When you’re having a staring contest, you can’t flinch, you can’t blink you, can’t look away. The same with a struggle that you’ve given over to God, do your best to avoid looking back at it. Stare at the word, focus on the relief of being free from this burden, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Don’t take your eyes off of him! Don’t pick that burden back up and begin to carry and worry again. Remind yourself that you’ve done everything you can to make this right, and you’ve released it. Stop looking at it the same old way Try looking at it completed, or look at it unfolding, or look past it, but don’t just keep staring at the problem and worrying.
- When fear begins to bubble up and overwhelm you, you have to face it. Be honest with yourself and keep reminding yourself that it’s ok to not know what to do. It’s ok to tell God you don’t know what to do, He already knows that, you won’t be shocking him with new revelation.
- Call on him, and call on him often. Rather than spending time worrying about how you will pay that bill, how you’ll be able to forgive this person, how will you be able to provide for your family, or how you’ll be able to fix this relationship, take it to God. Rather than asking “how will I make this right”, ask God to reveal himself, to give you peace and help you have faith. I’ve often told God that I believe, trust, and have faith in Him, then in the next words say “but I don’t know how your gonna fix this”. That’s because I also put my limits on him. However, the more I’ve learned to really trust Him and really have faith that He’s got me no matter what, the easier it was to give control over to him next time. It’s a work in process, and it’s ok to be honest with God and tell him your scared, worried, or don’t have enough strength. He loves you and desires for you to come to him rather than trying to fix everything yourself within your own human limits.
- Cry. I mean it Cry! I’m a total cry baby, but this is my way of letting the emotions out of my body, so I can just deal. Don’t be afraid! I tell my kids (and my husband already knows) that if I have to cry, I’ll be needing some alone time, I’m ok, and don’t come knocking. Learning to trust God is not the easiest thing to do, especially as an adult, because we’ve already developed our own methods of dealing and surviving. It can feel like you’re losing control, and it’s such a leap of faith and uncomfortable to do. It’s literally the definition of faith, like walking off a ledge and hoping a soaring eagle will catch your fall. I get it, I’ve been through this many times. But what I’ve learned is that to grow in faith, you’ll be constantly be going through this cycle of giving it over and trusting Him. And I won’t lie to you and say it’s a cinch now, but I can say I’ve definitely have found it to be easier each time.
I make an effort each time I leave something in his hands to look back and remind myself of the last time I did this and how I seen God work that situation out. This helps me to trust a little more each time. This is the process of building a relationship. He’s proven himself to me (as if He even had to) so that I can trust that even though I have no idea how it’ll work out, I trust that it WILL work out.
Not only will He work it out, I’ve found that subtly He’s also been drawing me close to lean on Him, love Him, care for Him, and create in me a true desire to be in His presence. There can be so many ways we humans work ourselves into a mess, but He’s always willing to come to our rescue and use our mess to draw us into Him, for our good. He loves us so much and simply desires to be near to you, to help you and to have a loving relationship with you. He is willing to step in at any capacity we open ourselves up to Him in. He’s our father and longs to have us in any way or any increment we will let Him in, He’ll take it.
Also, once you feel steady and sure enough, don’t be afraid to speak in faith to a friend who’s struggling, you never know what seeds of hope you’re planting in their minds and hearts. You’re relationship with a friend combined with seeing you walking faith is enough to draw loved once into peace.