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Why You Should Totally Trust God with Your Future

By: Kristen Clark

“It’s just so hard to trust God with my future when I have no idea what’s going to happen,” she said in a discouraged tone. “I mean…I want to trust God, but it’s just really hard for me. What if I never get married?”

I listened as my friend shared her heart with me. She was single and really struggling to trust God with her love life. She was in her late twenties and was wondering if marriage would ever become a reality.

Trusting God with our future can be one of the hardest things to do.

There’s so much uncertainty in the unknown.

“What if I never get married?”

“What if my best friend moves away?”

“What if I get in a bad car accident?”

“What if God calls me to do something I’m not good at?”

“What if…?”

“What if…?”

“What if…?”

Worrying about the “what if’s” can be the biggest enemy to our peace and joy. I know this first hand and it’s not fun. In fact, I have several “what if’s” in my own life right now. Life is full of unknowns and that will never change.

Instead of fretting and worrying over my future, I’ve come to understand some amazing truths that have given me the confidence to totally trust God.

In fact, my encouragement came from an unlikely place in the Bible and from an unlikely man.

I was reading in the book of Genesis recently and came across a familiar story of a man who was facing a lot of “what if” questions. And you know what? He was really struggling to trust God with His future. From a human standpoint, he had some pretty good reasons to worry too.

For starters, God told this man (Abraham), at 75 years old, to pack up his stuff and move away from his family and friends to a completely foreign land. The crazy thing is, Abraham seemed to do a pretty good job at trusting God right here. The Bible says, “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…” (Gen. 12:4a).

Abraham was probably excited about God’s amazing promise to Him: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great…” (Gen. 12:2).

Not bad!

Fast forward a little while and Abraham is starting to struggle with trusting God’s plan.

Abraham is starting to ask some “what if” questions about his future. He’s getting older and his wife is kinda getting to that point where having children might be physically impossible.

In Genesis 15 Abraham questions God by reminding Him that he is still childless. Ummmm…hello, God? Did you forget about me? I kinda need a son if I’m going to have all those descendants you mentioned…

Abraham is worried about his future now. He is losing faith in God. His wife loses faith in God too and they both decide take matters into their own hands. You know the story (Ishmael, lots of drama, etc.).

Fast forward 24 years later from God’s initial contact with Abraham, and guess what?

Abraham still doesn’t have a son! He’s 99 years old now and really starting to worry. God sees the worry in Abraham’s heart and reminds him that the amazing promise still stands.

“I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations (plural), and kings (plural) shall come from you” (Gen. 17:6).

Abraham couldn’t see the big picture. He couldn’t see down the road of his life. He couldn’t imagine that nations and kings would come from him! He struggled with trust just like you and me. He was 99 years old and had no proper heir. He had NO idea how his future would pan out.

But God did.

What Abraham forgot – and what we often forget – is that God sees the bigger picture. God holds the bigger plan in His hand. God knew that nations and kings would come from Abraham.

Abraham just needed to trust Him.

Abraham’s worries and fears were in vain. When he doubted God’s faithfulness, he lost the strength to trust.

This story from Genesis is such an amazing reminder of why we should trust God with our futures. When life seems confusing, when circumstances seem impossible, when the future seems uncertain, God is there. God is in control. God sees the bigger picture. He holds the bigger plan.

God can be trusted.

Regardless of how “uncertain” our futures may seem, God is faithful.

We have to make the choice on whether or not we’re going to trust Him.

Abraham learned this lesson the hard way.

The truth is, we all have “Abraham moments” in our lives. We all lose sight of God’s faithfulness at times. However, let’s learn from Abraham’s life and not stay there. Let’s remind ourselves of the BIG picture. Let’s remember how faithful God was to Abraham.

Let’s remember that God can be trusted with our futures, no matter what we’re facing.

When you begin to doubt, pull out Proverbs 3:5-6 and read it: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

God is faithful and you can trust Him with your future.

Now I want to hear from you. Do you have any “Abraham struggles” in your life right now?

  • How are you currently struggling to trust God with your future?
  • Why do you think you doubt God’s goodness and faithfulness?

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  • thehappygirl

    Boy, did I ever need this! I recently gave over my entire life to God, love life, career, finances, everything… But I’ve been a little worried that He may choose to keep me single. Even though I’m just 21, I’m the oldest unmarried woman in my church. My younger sister is even getting married before me! I love the example of Abraham used here. All in God’s good time. I’m reminded of His goodness ans faithfulness.

    • Christian Country Girl

      Wow! That’s wonderful! I’m still trying to get to that point and seeing what God is doing in your life is really encouraging. 🙂

  • Lauren Purser

    I am learning to trust God with my future because there are situations that I really want to work out…but I am having a difficult time seeing how. Ultimately, God has a beautiful plan. I just have to surrender and believe Him fully. It is not easy at all….but He is worth all of it.

    • Lilly

      Amen, God bless you for your post!

  • Maria

    I feel that this speaks to me. Many times I have tried to take things into my own hands and micromanage everything. But once I started reading Gods word every morning that sense of urgency to figure every single thing out alone disappeared. God will guide us where we need to go.

  • Hannah

    My family moved to a new town this past summer, and I’ve had to really learn what it means to fully trust God with my whole future. I don’t get to see my friends nearly as often, and at times it can get kinda lonely, because it can take me a long time to trust people and make new friendships. But I’ve started to see that we are where we are for a reason and He will use this situation for good, even if it’s not what I would have chosen for me. I think He’s using this time to bring me closer to Him and give me more opportunities to spend time with Him, experience things and go places that I might not have experienced if we hadn’t moved here!

  • Jasmine Luna

    It’s amazing how Abraham eventually learned to trust God-
    If we read on in Genesis, we see that God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Can you imagine how hard that must’ve been?! Waiting more than 100 years for a promised son, and then God asks him to kill him. Abraham could’ve easily been discouraged and started questioning the Lord. “I can’t sacrifice Isaac, Lord! I thought you said he was going to be my heir?!”
    But he didn’t.

    He faithfully obeyed and demonstrated a great faith that pleased God. Abraham even ended up in the “Hall of Faith”! You can read about it in Hebrews 11:8-19.

    Thanks for sharing this blog post with us, Kirsten!

  • Chelsea

    Oh yes, I am definitely struggling with trusting God right now. I am a senior in highschool, getting ready to go to college as a voice major. I have been blessed with a beautiful voice, as others have told me, but I’ve been having problems with my voice for more than a year now. I’ve been trying to figure out why it has been so bad, but I simply don’t know. So many things I do and my aimed future pretty much rely on the health of my voice. I’ve asked God countless times to help me figure it out or heal it, but He hasn’t given me a clear answer yet. I still trust Him, but at times it gets extremely difficult. If you have time, prayer for me would be much appreciated. Thank-you!

    • Hadasah

      Just prayed for you Chelsea 😉

      • Chelsea

        Thank-you!

    • Lilly

      Hey Chelsea, just know that your voice is gone for a reason. God is building it up to use you for His purpose! Don’t lose faith , put him to the test and you will see what miracle He will do in your life! Keeping you in my prayers.

      -Lilly

  • Rae

    I’m struggling with trusting God with my future plans too. I really want to go a performing arts route in college/university, and I think it could/would be an amazing ministry opportunity, but my parents are uber conservative, and absolutely don’t approve. I know that they were planning on paying, at least partially, for my future tuition, and that they won’t if I go into acting. I know also that I would never, ever be able to afford school on my own. I feel I can never live up to my parent’s expectations, or the status quo that’s been imposed upon me (go to school, preferably for nurse, doctor, or secretary (a ‘woman’s’ job), but get married around 25 and end up not needing a job b/c your husband will be the breadwinner, and you will be a stay at home mom and have 7 kids). I feel different from everybody around me, like I’m an ugly duckling, or something.

  • Hannah

    Man, oh man, did that third “what if” speak to me. I’m 15, and I got my driver’s permit at the end of last year. I’ve been really struggling with driving because it absolutely terrifies me to drive. It gives me anxiety to no limit. I’m always afraid that I’m going to get into a really bad car accident, or any car accident. I’ve been in three wrecks before (they’ve always been the other person’s fault, not the fault of whom I’m riding with) and although they weren’t bad and no injuries occurred, I still get nervous even being in a car. I guess when I think of trusting God with my future, I think of college and jobs and marriage (all of which I’m also struggling with.) I’ve been trying to memorize Psalm 23 lately, because that gives me so much peace. I just need to let go and let God. This was such an amazing post!

  • Jan

    Thank you for writing this post! As a 41 year old woman, I struggle with being single. The desire of my heart is to be a wife and mother and my point of reference when it comes to relationships with men is dysfunctional. I’m usually the one doing all of the nice things for them, then for some reason they stop calling me or seem disinterested. It hurts a lot. However, I’ve become resolute to stop pursuing men – that is, pursuing their affection, pursuing them to get them to like me. I’ve reordered my life back to pursuing God and really getting to know him and learning everyday to rest and practice Psalm 90:14. It’s hard some days, especially when everyone around you has met a nice guy, getting married or having kids. I have to remind myself that God has not forgotten about me and that the desire to be a wife and Mom is a good thing. Again, this is not easy, by any means, but that’s where prayer becomes very important. Thank you again for writing this post. It encouraged me and is what I needed to read right now.

  • Natasha

    I don’t know what I am doing with my life I am 19 years old divorced for a littler over a year now (my people get married at a young age, its their main goal in life) I’m living with my mom and dad and I just feel so useless I’m almost 20 years old with no husband and no family I feel like I let my parents down I don’t have any income my parents support me I just sit around all day and don’t do anything just waiting to find someone to get married.. I dropped out of school when I was 16 and my people don’t graduate or go to college so if I wanted to get a job I can’t … My family is against it so any ways I been trying to trust god but something’s holding me back I want to give my whole life to him but I just don’t know if my life will get anywhere at all I’m loosing faith and I’m loosing hope..

  • Sydney

    Thanks for writing this post! It’s so encouragaging to hear this right now. I am currently looking for a teaching job and have applied, but have not heard anything back. I really need a job and feel God calling me to teach, but with nothing in sight its hard to trust Him. I know He has got this and needed this reminder today <3

  • Mallory

    Thanks so much for this post! My family and i might be moving to california this summer, and the thought of switching schools in the middle of high school is terrifying! This really helped me remember that whether i stay here in michigan or go to california, God has ultimate control. This really gave me some peace. Although I’m still nervous, i know that God sees the big picture, which is comforting to know.

  • Christian Country Girl

    Amazing post! I’m currently struggling with trusting God. The thing is, theres a hard thing that I know I need to do, but I’m afraid. Afraid of be looked down upon. Afraid of everything changing. Afraid of what could happen. I want to trust God, but for some reason I’m finding it so hard and I can’t seem to do this hard thing (which I’ve been trying for a few years now). If y’all could pray for me and leave any encouragement here, I’d rlly appreciate it,

    • Ashlei

      Praying for you Sister! Look to Jesus and His glorious Beauty..He is so good! He has given His all for you and is so worthy and capable of holding your future. Get alone with Him and seek His face. Speak with an older, godly lady and ask for her wisdom. Remember always…God is faithful!! 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

      • Christian Country Girl

        Ashlei , thank you so much! It’s nice to know that someone is praying for me. 🙂 I’ll be praying for you too!

        • Angelee Oversupplied Rich

          God bless you, Country Girl, He is able to succour you even if you stumble. Be strengthened and encouraged to do the hard thing. God has not given you the spirit of confusion or fear, but of power, love and a sound mind! Hallelujah!!

  • Lilly

    Hey , I excelled in my exams!! Thank you for your prayers!! God bless!!!


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