“Why can’t I trust God?” asked a She Blossoms reader on 3 Practical Tips for Trusting God With Your Future. “I believe in Jesus, I wish my faith was as strong as my family’s but that whole ‘let go and let God’ doesn’t make sense to me.”
Thinking about the reasons why you don’t trust God will help you find peace. You may have to face the dark side of your faith, and perhaps even the grief and pain of being disappointed in Jesus. You may see yourself at your worst and have to admit your weaknesses…but if you know the reasons you don’t trust God, you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your soul.
In this article you’ll learn how I cope with my lack of faith and trust in God. I’ll also share three reasons the Israelites didn’t trust God with their future. Not only did the Hebrews not trust God, they were crushed in spirit, despondent, and broken hearted. They were God’s chosen people, yet they had no faith, peace, love or joy. Does this sound like you? Exploring the reasons we don’t trust God will deepen our faith and restore our broken spirits.
This morning I told God that I don’t trust He’ll always be there for me. I write articles such as How to Trust God When You’re Scared, yet I worry He’ll leave me.
Ironically, I feel God’s presence most days! I get up early in the morning, and Jesus is always waiting. I almost always sense the Holy Spirit’s love, comfort, counsel, and warmth. I think I discern the difference between the His nudges and my own thoughts.
And yet I live in fear that He’ll remove His presence from me. I worry that one day I’ll go to meet Jesus and feel nothing. This morning I realized the reason I don’t trust God — and this insight increased my faith in Him. My prayer is that you’ll experience the same thing. Discerning the reason you don’t trust God can strengthen your relationship with Him. And this, my friend, has the power to change your life.
3 Reasons We Don’t Trust God – Exodus 6
This article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project; I’m writing a blog post for every chapter in every book of Scripture. I started with Genesis — beginning with The Reason You Were Created – Genesis 1 and ended that series with How to Live Like You Really Are Forgiven and Free – Genesis 50. Enter Exodus 6!
What struck me most about Exodus 6 is both Moses’ and the Israelites’ lack of faith and trust in God. They had good reasons not to trust Jesus because they didn’t know Him yet…and truthfully, they had good reasons not to trust Yahweh, too.
1. Our focus is self-conscious and egocentric
“I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians,” God said to Moses in Exodus 6:6-8. “I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” Moses took this message to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. They were crushed in spirit, broken hearted and downtrodden. They were focused on themselves, not the Lord their God.
What do you think about when you have nothing to do? Say you’re waiting for a bus, stranding in line at the bank, or sitting in a doctor’s office. What do you think about, focus on, do? Or maybe you’re coping with heartache after a breakup or you’re moving through the grieving process after someone you love dies. You may be wrapped up in your pain and grief, loss and sorrow. You’re crushed in spirit, broken hearted and downtrodden — just like the Israelites were in Egypt. And, just like the Israelites, you’re focusing on yourself (self-conscious) and egocentric (thinking primarily of yourself, your wants, needs, and desires). This is a normal human response to life…and it’s one of the main reasons you don’t trust God.
2. We’re more impressed by the world than by Jesus
“Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country,” the Lord said to Moses in Exodus 6:11. Understandably, Moses was scared! Most people would be nervous about speaking to the Pharoah. he was the king of Egypt, the most powerful man in the land. Of course Moses felt fear, doubt, and anxiety about speaking on behalf of the Lord and the Israelites. They were slaves in Egypt — downtrodden, broken hearted, and spiritually crushed. It makes worldly sense that Moses would be anxious and fearful. He was more impressed by the Pharoah than by the Lord Yahweh.
What or who are you more scared of than God? You have good reasons not to trust God. So do I. Our reasons for not trusting God probably aren’t the same, just like my reason for not trusting Jesus isn’t the same as Moses’ reason for not trusting the Lord God in during the Hebrew’s slavery in Egypt. But the bottom line is the same: we’re more impressed by the world than by God. We’re distracted by the glitz and glamor of famous people, trendy fashions, trending hashtags, most liked YouTube videos and Facebook posts…and we forget who Jesus is. We’re more impressed with the world than we are by God, and this destroys our trust in Him.
3. We ignore God’s repeated promises
God repeatedly revealed His name (I AM, Yahweh, God Almighty, the Lord your God) and repeated His promises to Moses. The Lord said “I will” seven times in Exodus 6: I will bring you out, I will rescue you from the Egyptians’ bondage, I will redeem you, I will take you as My people, I will be your God, I will bring you into the land, and I will give it to you as a heritage. God repeated His promises over and over. And, Moses repeated his lack of faith over and over. The reason Moses didn’t trust God was because he ignored God’s repeated promises. Instead, Moses recited his own litany of fears, doubts, insecurities, anxieties. Moses’ repeated thoughts and words increased his self-doubt and decreased his faith in the Lord. This decreased the Hebrews’ faith and trust in God…and everything spiraled downward. For hundreds of years.
What are you repeating to yourself about God? About your life, future, hopes and dreams? Maybe you’re like Moses; you’re reciting your weaknesses, flaws, failures and doubts. Maybe you’re like me; you’re focusing on what could happen in the future. Maybe we don’t trust God for the simplest reason of all: we refuse to hear Jesus’ repeated promises, insights, encouragements and words of wisdom. We refuse to see what Jesus did for us on the cross that day, and we ignore the Holy Spirit’s repeated exhortations to follow, believe, trust and know that the Lord our God is the only One we can trust our life with.
This morning I realized the reason I don’t trust God: I’m scared He’ll abandon me like He did Jesus. God turned aside and took His presence away from His own Son…and Jesus was in anguish because of it. How horrible, excruciating, awful it would be to be separated from God’s presence when you’re seeking Him, when you know and love Him! That’s what I’m scared of.
And this morning I realized that Jesus died so that I could always have God’s presence in my life. Jesus died so the Holy Spirit would always be with me, always here to comfort, inspire, lead, and fill me with His joy! I don’t have to be self-conscious. I don’t have to let the world make a strong impression on me. And I certainly don’t have to repeat a litany of my failures, doubts, and anxieties to myself.
What do you think? What are your reasons for not trusting God? Your thoughts are welcome below.
With His love,
P.S. Are you struggling to make a decision or find the right path in your life? Read an Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will for Your Life.