Trusting God Without A Backup Plan

It’s easy to trust God when we have a backup plan.

But what happens when we don’t have a backup plan? What happens when all is stripped away and we have to place all of our trust in God’s timing and God’s will?

It’s a little harder isn’t it?

I don’t know about you, but I know from experience that it is SO much easier to “trust” God when I have a backup plan.

Yet God calls us to a life of radical trust in Him. Proverbs 3:5 and 6 says,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

He calls us to trust with ALL our heart, which is so much easier said than done.

How do you trust God when you’ve been praying over the same requests for years? How do you trust God when His Word says His ears are attentive to your cry but it doesn’t feel like He’s listening? How do you trust God when life is just plain hard?

We have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We lean not on our own understanding of the situation. We take Him for His Word–that He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

We spread our arms wide toward heaven and say, “God, teach me to trust You.”

It may take years to develop this trust, it may take months, it may take weeks. But that’s okay, because don’t we want to be able to trust God in every season?

When I think about what I want my life to look like, I don’t see someone who only trusts God when I have a backup plan. I don’t see someone who trusts God part-time or with a set of conditions. I see a life of radical surrender to the Lord. I see someone who does not shrink back in the midst of adversity, but has unwavering faith in the Lord.

I see this picture of radical trust described by the prophet Jeremiah:

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

I want Him to teach me to trust like this, so I’m not asking for a backup plan.

I’m asking for eyes to see His presence, ears that hear His voice, and a heart that knows Him intimately. 

For when we come to know Him, we learn to trust Him, like really trust Him.

Lord, deepen our trust in You.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)

We may not understand now what He is doing, but one day we will (John 13:7).


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