Recently it feels as if someone has taken the world and turned it upside down. COVID-19 has taken us all by surprise. We didn’t plan for it in our schedules, we didn’t foresee it in the future and we definitely did not expect all of its effects. It has caused so many uncertainties and questions and fears. But as Christians, we are not to allow these uncertainties to control us. Rather, we are to trust our God in the midst of it all. Is this easy? Definitely not. But here are eight reasons why we can and should trust God:
- The Lord is our Shepherd.
- John 10:10 says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” A shepherd watches over his sheep, protects them, feeds them and gives them his whole life. Jesus is our good shepherd, we shall not want. We can trust Him to lead by His voice, to protect us through the dark valleys of life and to show us where the green pastures are.
- God’s Word is truth.
- John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth, Your Word is true.” In times of uncertainty we need to turn our focus on what we do know is certain. God’s Word is certain and everything in it is 100% accurate, there is no fake news involved. We can trust God because we know what He says, all His promises, all His commands, all His teachings, are true.
- God knows all.
- Romans 11:34 says, “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” God’s ways are higher than our ways and His plans are higher than our plans. Who are we to question the God who knows all things? Instead of questioning Him, we can trust Him with all of our unknowns because we know that He knows it all.
- God is in control of all things.
- Isaiah 45:12 says,“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it is, I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.” God is the One who created the whole earth and the One who still sustains it. Each day, He gives us the very air that we breathe. Often we like to hold the control of things, but God who is perfect in all His ways is the One who holds that control and we can trust Him with it.
- God is faithful.
- Psalms 119:90 says, “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Even when everything else around us is uncertain, we can know for certain that God remains faithful through it all. He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us and even when we are faithless, He still remains faithful.
- God remains the same.
- Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” His character is unchanging. Because of this truth, we do not have to question or fear how God will be tomorrow — He will be the same! The same God who parted the Red Sea for Moses, rescued Daniel from the lions and made David the King, is the very God who is writing our stories today.
- God has a purpose for everything.
- Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is a promise that we can cling to. No matter the circumstance, no matter how bad it seems God is working everything out according to His plan and it is a good and perfect plan.
- We are commanded to trust Him.
- Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” This verse commands us to trust in God, not with some of our heart, but with our whole heart. When times are good and when times are bad, we should not trust our own finite understanding. But rather turn to the One who knows all things, the One who is in control of all things, and the One who is working out all things according to His good will and trust Him with our whole heart.
Even when things seem to be spinning out of control, the truth is that God is in control. He is reigning and He is ruling. His Word remains true, His promises will be kept and He has a purpose through it all. Our duty is to surrender our lives to Him and trust Him with our whole heart.
Psalm 33:20-22 says,
“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.”
Keep looking up to Christ, our shield and help!
Written by National Bible Bee Alumna: Tabby Boulware