March 16, 2021

3 Answers: How Do You Trust God in Times of Trial?

We asked three people to answer the question, “How do you trust God in times of trial?” Here is the wisdom they shared:

Bethany Dhingra - ComeFollow.Me

Bethany Dhingra
Guest Author from Missouri

In order to trust someone, we must first believe that they are indeed trustworthy. I have often found that when I am facing a trial, I can very quickly begin to question if God is truly worthy of my trust. As the trial progresses, lies about who God is and who he created me to be start to crowd into my mind and heart. Before long, I find myself struggling to believe that God loves me, that he is with me, and that he is always fighting for my ultimate good. 

To dispel the lies that tempt me to distrust God, I turn to Isaiah 43:1-7. These simple verses remind me that God has chosen me and has deemed me as precious. They remind me that the Lord not only sees my trials but that he also enters into them with me and stays with me. I can’t tell you how many times I have returned to Isaiah 43 and other Scripture verses like it (sometimes daily) when I am encountering difficulties. After hearing the Lord say to me, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine,” I am able to face the trial with renewed hope and trust in God’s loving providence.

Zach Krueger - ComeFollow.MeZach Krueger
Theology Teacher from South Dakota

My response to life’s troubles isn’t usually a lack of trust in God.  Just a lack of patience in resolution  Maybe that’s just a manifestation of a privileged (so far) life.  My struggles with God have always been based around lingering questions I’ve had:  Why Noah and the flood?  How did Jesus dying actually save? Melodramatic bouts of skepticism, etc.  But a couple of passages of scripture have settled the question of trust in God during times of trouble for me (at least so far).  The first is Peter’s response to Jesus after the Bread of Life discourse when Jesus asked if the apostles wanted to leave him:  “Where else would I go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  Jesus hasn’t proven untrustworthy at any point of my life (or human history for that matter).  Why would he now?  Plus I always remember that this little conversation happened right after most of his friends abandoned him.  Jesus knows troubles too.  He’s not unsympathetic.  The other passage is God’s response to Job when Job demands that God gives an account of why he’s suffering- Where was I when God laid the foundations of the world?  It’s all so complex and one thing I’ve come to know very deeply is how limited my point of view is.  There are beautiful sunsets lighting up the skies on an uninhabited planet that is incalculably far away from earth at this very moment.  Beauty that no sentient creature will ever enjoy.  That doesn’t make sense to me, but it does to God. 

Whenever I’ve tried to find answers on my own without God I’ve been humbled.  And whenever I’ve waited for his answers I’ve been amazed.  So trusting in God during a time of trouble is a matter of patience for me more than anything else.  I just need patience for the resolution to make sense.

Lois Heron - ComeFollow.MeLois Heron
Blogger at TheMaidenWarrior.com

My go-to “method” for learning to trust the LORD is through examination of my thoughts and motives. Along with prayer and immersion in the Sacred Scripture, it is the sharpest tool in my spiritual arsenal.

Here are a few questions I pray with when I’m facing a trial:

  • What is the source of my anxiety?
  • How is this trial affecting my emotions, actions?
  • Is there a vice I’m fighting against in this trial?
  • Is there a virtue the LORD desires to deepen in me in this trial?
  • What does the LORD desire for me to learn as I live through this trial?

I pour my heart out with the answers to those questions and I meditate on who God is and who I am in his eyes–”Beloved”. The reading of the scriptures helps me to examine my soul as I reckon my feelings with the reality of the trial (see below). If need be I will RUN to the Sacrament of Confession as I recognize any sinful reactions I’m having in the trial.

Here’s are a few examples:

“In returning [to God] and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’” -Isaiah 30:15

“God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”  -I Corinthians 14:33

Trish Irvine is a pursuer of the good, the true, and the beautiful. As a high school theology teacher with a penchant for reading and writing, she has numerous encounters with each. Trish has a desire to help others encounter the Lord through a recognition of His presence in the ordinary. Her degree is from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, but her home is the South Dakota prairie.

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