How I learned to trust God in a culture full of questions.

Trust is a hard thing. I think every person on the planet struggles with trust to one degree or the other. Though, I think my generation in particular has an incredibly hard time with trusting. Especially when it comes to God.

You see, we’ve grown up in the “Google era.” Many Millenials have had access to computers since childhood. We’ve grown up going to Google to solve all of our problems. The world wide web has discipled us more than our neighbors and friends. Being “raised” by a electronic genie gives you a false sense of independence that makes you believe you can and should figure out everything about life on your own.

No other generation in history has had this dilemma. From my parents age and older, they were taught to trust authority figures at all costs. They were taught that what the teacher says or what their momma says is always right. They didn’t have a world wide well of data to dig through to prove them wrong otherwise. To some degree, this dependence on others is good and healthy. It helps shed the metal chain link barrier of skepticism so woven into the hearts of many Millennials.

Because we grew up with a world of information at our fingertips, naturally we don’t just “take someone’s word for it.” We ask questions. We question authority. We call people to the carpet and make them prove they are worthy of our trust. And if you don’t come with a bullet pointed list of reasons why – Well, friend go to the back of the line and come back when you’ve got something other than faith to offer us.

While I think its good and necessary to figure out what you believe and to own it, this constant need to analyze our belief system has drove many of us to the point of insanity. We ask questions. We get answers. But those answers lead to more questions. Google takes us down a rabbit trail of potential possibilities that lead us no closer to truth than when we started. It’s hard being discipled by something built on the merit of human opinion. Almost as hard as trusting in an invisible God.

I talk with tons of people my age about their relationship with The Lord. Many of them are just as confused as I have been. They want to trust God. They want to believe He is good. But they have real concerns about the state of the world and how a loving God can allow and/or be involved in such chaos. It seems the more we search and try to figure it out, the more we are inundated with “facts” from every belief system on the planet. Everyone has some article or some study or some something to “prove” what they believe is true. Many of those belief systems deny the existence, or at the very least, the goodness of God.

So, what do we do?

It’s hard. It’s hard to trust God when your life is a mess and it would be much easier to give up, chug a beer and move on without the responsibility of living like a child of God in spite of that mess.

The simplest yet most profound answer I can give you is this: Learn to be ok with not having all the answers. With as much research as I have done on the authenticity of The Bible, I still have questions. But one thing I have come to realize is, every question I have about Jesus does have answer… and a good one. Though, I might not be able to figure it out immediately, or worse, on this side of heaven. In my searching I have found that every fiery dart the enemy hurls at Jesus’ character has always been calmed by giving Him time to reveal Himself to me. He will do the same for you.

So now, when those assaults come and fear tries to rage in my mind, I remind myself, I may not know the answer now, but everything I’ve learned about Him proves to me He can be trusted. So, I don’t have to have the answer right now and I will be ok.

Maybe you aren’t at that place yet. Maybe you want to trust Him but see no way beyond your deepest fears and wildest imaginations. If that is you, well, you are in good company. I promise you, there isn’t a question you’ve pondered or fear you’ve had that I haven’t ran through in one way or the other. I’ve spent four and a half years of my life diligently pouring over scriptures, sermons and commentaries. What I’ve come away with is….

Jesus can be trusted.

Not just because some ancient book called The Word told me so. But because The Word is more than a book. The Word is a living, breathing expression of the invisible God. The Word is alive, guiding and directing my every step. He answers when I call to Him.

He may answer in mysterious ways, but the fact remains… He answers. When I ask Him to show me how I can trust Him, He does. Over and over and over.

So, friend, let me encourage you. The process to trust is grueling. Its hard and it seems never ending sometimes. Though, every step of the way, Jesus is there gently and thoroughly peeling away each layer of doubt, every seed of fear and He will continue to do so as long as you let Him.

Let Him. Open your heart fully to Him. Read The Word and let Him show you who He is and why He can be trusted. You don’t have to figure it out. You don’t have to stress and strain over it. Call out to Jesus and let Him lead you to His heart.

🕊♥ Beloved Rejoice

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