Unless your faith in God is structurally sound, it is hard to keep it when going through hard times.
If we do anything, we must build up our faith and trust God completely. If we don’t, we could very well put ourselves in a bad position the next time a test or trial comes along.
We could get stressed out from worries and fears, or make bad decisions that will hurt us and cause even more stress.
Doubts kill faith. This is why it is so important to give our life over to God and let Him show us what we need to do to fare any bad weather that may come our way.
To trust God completely is exactly where God wants us to be. Proverbs 3:5 says: Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.
So how do we trust God completely with all our hearts? Here are 12 proven ways to trust God completely:
Surrender Yourself and All of Your Troubles to God.
When you realize that there’s supernatural strength available to you from above, then your perspective on life will change.
You can move from worry to worship by realizing that God is in control of every circumstance in your life.
Let Him be the Master of you and of everything in your life. Once you stop trying to do things in your own strength, God will take over and lift you to new heights.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Your thoughts are extremely powerful and they can affect things like your mood, your attitude, and yes, even your actions.
So when you find yourself thinking negative thoughts that are bringing you down, start thinking about positive scriptures that will lift you up. You can do this by committing to memory a favorite scripture.
For example: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6.
Keep repeating that positive verse out loud, until your negative thoughts are replaced with God’s peace that transcends all understanding.
Ask God to Help You to Have Patience
It’s a fact that God will come through for you at just the right moment. He’ll never fail you. You’ll need to stay in prayer during this time because your faith will be tested.
During your trial, ask God to give you the grace to be patient and also to help you trust that He knows what’s best for you. Remember, God is never a second late, He always shows up on time.
Confidence in the Word of God
True Christians believe the Word of God. “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe”(1Thessalonians 2:13).
Rather than looking for explanations from “philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world”(Colossians 2:8), a True Believer asks, “What saith the Scripture?” (Romans 4:3).
If we ponder the nature of Scripture, we can see that the LORD Jesus Christ, who identifies Himself as the Truth (John 14:6), is one with His Word. The Apostle John records of the LORD Jesus, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (1:14 ).
Further, John notes that the LORD Jesus Christ proclaims His name as “The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13) at His Second Coming. So, when we ask, “What saith the Scripture?” (Galatians 4:30), we are really asking, “What saith the Lord Jesus Christ?”.
Don’t Depend on You
We live in a world where trust must be earned and seems to be in short supply. But Solomon, the famous king who wrote Proverbs, knew that trust is exactly where we must start: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Most of us have faced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. But living the life God has called us to means unlearning that lesson.
Instead, we’re meant to rest in God’s understanding. We may know in our minds that He possesses all wisdom: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33.
But sometimes to trust God completely like that can be tough. So, each day we must consciously lay aside our own plans and expectations—and surrender to His plans.
Cry Out to God
Surrendering to God begins with our lips and our thoughts. We need more than a commitment to depend on Him; we need to cry out to Him to show that dependence. “in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6)
When we pray, we admit that His ways are higher than ours. We show that we’re leaving our troubles and burdens and dreams in His capable hands.
We handed the keys of our lives to Him, and we know that He’s able to lead us. But in order for that to work, we have to trust God completely.
Put God First in Your Life
It’s easiest to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone to blame. In other words, we often have a “me-centric” starting place. And when it comes to money, the struggle is even harder.
Solomon, who had quite a bit of wealth himself, knew that his money didn’t belong to him: “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9–10)
If we can trust God completely with our wealth, we’re truly showing how much we depend on Him. Although it takes a huge amount of faith to do this, doing so means being God-centric.
Listen to the Holy Spirit
When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the church, He told His disciples that this Counselor would be their spiritual compass or GPS: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
As we go through our day, this same Holy Spirit guides us, too. That means we don’t have to go it alone or hope we’re getting it right.
No, the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and protects us: “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14)
After all, the gift of the Holy Spirit to us believers reminds us that we can truly trust God completely.
Rest in God’s Love
When we face a difficult world each day, we can sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him?
Solomon reminds us that God never takes a break or leaves us to fend for ourselves: “because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:12)
Even in the midst of turmoil, God sticks with us and uses those challenges to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective completely flips. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.
And that’s exactly why we can trust God completely with all our hearts. He cares for us each and every day. God gives us what we need to thrive. He pours blessing after blessing upon us.
Trust His Character
Trusting God’s character even when you don’t understand His actions is another way to trust God completely.
God does not require nor ask us to fully comprehend him or understand all that he does. If he wanted us to know everything there is to know, he would have revealed everything there is to know.
But instead, God has given us all the truth we need to know about him and his dealings in the world, and this is we’re humbly called to trust God completely in the light of this revelation. Roman 9:20; Deut 29:29 Romans 11:33
The Bible very clearly communicates that God is perfect in character. This, therefore, must be our starting point as we think through the less clear realities presented in the Bible. We are not to critically scrutinize God’s actions according to our finite perspectives of goodness, love, righteousness, and justice. We are to let him define for us what is good, loving, righteous, and just.
Trust His Control
What does it cost us to put our lives, our plans, our loved ones, our desires, our future, our finances, our careers… into His hands? What do we have to give up in order to give in to His control?
These two Bible portion encourages us to trust God completely and place everything in His hand everything in His hands “The works of his hands are truth and justice; all His instructions are trustworthy.”
Psalm 111:7 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” – Proverbs 29:25. Psalm 91:2, 2 Chronicles 6:4, Isaiah 12:2, Isaiah 25:9 and 2 Samuel 24:14 also made mention of trusting God’s control, that way, one can trust God completely.
Trust His Care
Do you believe God is good? If not, why? How does this one issue affect your willingness to trust His care?
When are we to trust God’s care, according to the Book of Isaiah 50:10 – “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.” We should not take to ‘trust God completely’ an option and we should not have to allow anything to keep us away from trusting God completely.
To trust God completely isn’t an easy thing to come by but it’s one of the most important parts of our relationship with God. When times are tough and things aren’t going our way, that’s when we find it the most difficult to trust God.
We doubt that God is going to come through for us, we lack faith in His promises, and we worry ourselves with endless thoughts about our future.
These are the ‘12 proven ways to trust God completely’ when taking into consideration will help us to always trust God completely.