Boost Your Trust in God Today

One of you asked me a great question recently:

What are some things you do to boost your trust in God? I’m having issues with stepping back and simply saying “You’re in charge.” I just can’t get myself to do it. I’m too stubborn. What should I do to humble myself and step back? It’s really weird. I want to, but I feel like I can’t.

First off, you’re not alone. Human beings have struggled to trust their Creator ever since . . . Genesis 3!

But if you’re ready to get serious, here are five ways you can boost your trust in God today.

1. Get to know God.

Ever since you were a little girl, you’ve been trained not to trust strangers. It’s only been as you’ve gotten to know someone that you’ve learned that they could be trusted.

As you get to know Him through His Word, you will begin to see that He is absolutely trustworthy.

The same is true of God. He is a Person who has let you know what He’s like by writing a Book about Himself. As you get to know Him through His Word, you will begin to see that He is absolutely trustworthy, and your trust in Him will grow (Rom. 10:17).

2. Learn from those who have walked with God longer than you have.

Rather than having to learn everything the hard way, grab onto the wisdom of those who have gone before. It will save you a whole lotta pain!

In Numbers 20:2, we learn that the people of Israel had no water. The thing is, forty years earlier, the previous generation had experienced the same thing (Ex. 17:1). In that case, God had provided water from a rock. How do you think this knowledge could have helped the younger generation as they faced the same test?

3. Remember God’s trustworthiness in the past.

All through Scripture God commands us to “remember,” “remember,” “remember” His faithfulness. In Joshua 4:6, the people were commanded to set up twelve stones for this reason:

“These stones will remind the people of what the Lord has done.”

What can you do today to keep track of and remember the many times God has proved Himself trustworthy? Maybe it’s journaling about the experience or framing a picture of it or . . .

4. Surround yourself with people who trust God and encourage you to trust Him as well.

Proverbs 12:26 is just one of many verses that shows us the importance of who we do life with: “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

5. Choose to trust God, even when you feel like you can’t. Just do it.

It is exactly these tough moments that will teach and strengthen you to believe and trust God. This is the perfect opportunity to grow your trust in Him! But first you’ll have to just . . . trust.

When nothing in you wants to trust God, that’s precisely when faith steps in.

Trust, or faith, is a simple (okay, not necessarily easy, but definitely doable) act of the will. When nothing in you wants to trust God, that’s precisely when faith steps in. Faith chooses to trust God’s promises rather than trusting one’s own feelings. It’s your choice: trust yourself, or trust God. Who do you think is more trustworthy?

I’d love to hear from you. How else can we all boost our trust in God?

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York. You can catch all her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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  • You hit everything right on the nail! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 There are so many unknowns surrounding my life right now & I’ve been struggling with trusting God. Just knowing where to begin in trusting God has been a challenge. I really needed to read this today.
    Grace, Faith, & Glitter

    • phendricks

      I’m so glad, Lauren. Praying for you now.

  • Blythe

    Thank you…I think Satan likes us to feel we are alone when we are not. It’s such an encouragement to know I’m not the only one!

  • Husna

    I think trust is also a matter of love and pain. Most of those who underwent painful moments in their past fail to trust people easily. Even God. We just have to surrender all our pain and hurt and weaknesses and begin to see ourselves how God does. With immense love. He is amazing and we’ve gotta trust Him. 😊

    • Lily

      I agree with everything you said. From my own experience, trust is not easy as many times people have broken their trust with me through their actions that left me feeling cold and empty. Luckily, day by day God is showing me that He can be trusted and the pain that occurs in our lives will not go to waste as God promises to transform us into the young women we’re meant to be! Thank-you for your words, truly.

  • Hope

    So I have a lot of trust issues with people. I know that God is perfect, unlike the people who have wronged me; but a lot of the times I relate to God I would the way a person, making me not trust Him like I should. How do I make myself see that God is not like those who have hurt me? Is it even worth trusting any imperfect human when they’re bound to mess up and hurt you?

  • Gabrielle

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Alex

    That last one really got me. Just the other day, I felt like God was showing me that it’s okay to not FEEL like He’s got it under control, or I can trust Him over my worries. Like you said, trust is an act of the will. Choosing to say, “God, I trust You no matter what my feelings say,” is exactly what we need to do, and then hold onto that. It’s not hypocritical for the feelings not to be there, but I think when we choose to respond the right way, our feelings will follow. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Becca<3

    Wow, did I need this or what! I’ve been struggling to trust that God is a detail God. I’ve been having a hard time lately, I started school (my senior year) and rowing this past Monday, and I feel like everything is hitting me like a ton of bricks! I’ve struggled with finishing all my coursework planning, and my computer decided that it wants to act really slow (I’ve been waiting for my mom to help me backup all the files and restore it to see if that will help) but I have multiple online classes that I have to work on that I wasn’t able to yesterday. Additionally, I have to study for my ACT (which everyone knows can be stressful) and I need to work on college applications and plan visits. I’m also trying not to stress about rowing because some of my injuries from last season are starting to get agitated again. AND on top of everything my older brother left for college last week so I’m now the oldest at home (and I have all the responsibilities that come with being the oldest). So that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what my life looks like at the present time. Needless to say, I’m needing to trust God with everything and believe that He’s got me. Thank you so much for a much needed reminder!

    • phendricks

      Whew, Becca! Is there anyway you could cut rowing? I’d encourage you to eliminate whatever’s absolutely not necessary in your schedule. Take it from a girl who’s learned the hard way–you don’t have to do everything. 🙂 In fact, life’s a lot more enjoyable when you don’t.

      Wishing you a wonderful senior year!

  • Apple

    All true. Thanks for this! There are times when it’s not easy, but you won’t lose anything (and you’ll gain a lot more) by putting every aspect of your life in His hands, even the things we’re most ashamed of like sins or temptation. What an awesome, great God!!

  • hershey hope

    Thanks for this reminder. Pray for me that I always walk with Faith and trust God. Lately I feel in my hear tha it’s hard for me to let go of my fears and to trust Him with all my heart. Thanks

  • genesis herrera

    the love chapter in 1 chorinthians 13 is helping with trusting him

  • genesis herrera

    whenever i feel like all my scars unravel and pop up..i just explode and break down… all i ever want is for God to help me and show me love..i really want to have him without doubt every five mins if hes REALLY there

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      Your longing is reality, friend. Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us.

      Saturating your mind with His truth daily is the key on the journey from doubts to faith.

      I know you’re reading through several other resources right now, genesis herrera. Is there a specific book of the Bible you’re soaking in right now?

      If not the book of John or Ephesians would be a great place to start.

      Grace and peace,

      • genesis herrera

        im reading vs on forgiveness…most of my scars are that….i think that i accept that God forgives me..ill forgive myself and others

        • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

          Sooo good, friend.

          Would you be willing to commit to begin reading in Ephesians this week? Maybe a chapter a day – noting what you learn about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and what you learn about those who choose to follow Jesus.

          The Word of God is powerful. Praying for you, friend.


      • genesis herrera

        also my fear of guys are out of control….i always think that every boy has the desire to hurt me…im working on accepting the fact that most guys just want to be friends…but today there where alot of boys around i was the only girl outside my class room…i was scared..i thought one of them wanted to hurt me or more…but none of them did…even thought i wasnt harmed by a guy in my past but by a girl..why do i fear guys but feel comfortable with girls if i was molested by one??? maybe im just awkward or silly…i just really want this fear to go away to where i can talk to a guy without feeling like screaming every time i see 3 or more at once

        • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

          I am very sorry you have been violated in the past. God’s heart grieves at the sin committed against you, genesis herrera. He wants to bringing healing and wholeness to you. That process most often involves talking with a trained counselor. You may search for one in your area at (http://www.biblicalcounseling.com/).

          If you have not already done so, it’s also important that you tell a trusted adult in your life what has taken place – perhaps a pastor, teacher, or school counselor. The offense committed against you must be dealt with properly.

          Will you talk with someone in your area this week, friend?

          Know I am praying for you.

          Grace and peace,

          Reply to genesis herrera

          • genesis herrera

            thank you so much… 🙂

  • Janna Baker

    Pray for my world history teacher!!! Her husband has a severe form of cancer, and she has had to be out of school for the past two days to take care of him. She also has an 8 month baby at home, so she has a lot on her plate right now. Pray for her family and her husband that he will be healed, but most importantly, pray that they will put their trust in God through this tough time. God bless all of you!

    • phendricks

      Praying now, Janna. May the Lord use you to share the good news with her.

  • Gabrielle

    #5 is stuck in my mind.

  • genesis herrera

    i feel like i cant read my bible with out getting distracted or with out reading a book but someone who has read the bible…like teen devotionals…..i always get so frustrated on how i feel like i can never read the bible on my own….i take it one day at a time though…

    • You are wise to take it one day at a time, my friend! Paula has some great suggestions in this blog. I encourage you to find a translation that is easy for you to read and understand. We use ESV at Revive Our Hearts. And then before you begin to read Scripture, pray and ask God to help you understand it. That’s a prayer that God LOVES to answer. I also keep a notebook nearby to jot down thoughts that may be distracting me (grocery lists, or to-do’s for the day). Once they are out of my mind and on paper it makes it easier for me to concentrate and focus on what I am reading. I’m praying for you today and asking God to give you the determination and courage to press on in knowing Him better through reading His Word.

  • genesis herrera

    it’s been a while since I’ve been on… and I want to say thanks to all who have taught me and helped me with a lot of things in my life… THANKS A MILLION!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lizz

    I feel trapped. I feel like God wants me to trust him, Hes taken away every thing ive found comfort in besides him. My parents tell me to be joyful despite the pain im going through. There’s like no freedom. Its like he keeps testing me and he wants me to trust him, and theres no way out. But when i try to trust him, he lets something hard happen. Like i am facing physical pains right now. I have anxiety disorder and the doctors think i need to take medicine. But my mother says that medicine is not the way and that i need to trust God. but God wont help me he is like running me through circles. I just feel like sleeping and not doing anything. What am i doing wrong? Why is God just letting all this happen. Why?

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      Oh, sweet friend. I apologize for the delay in responding to you. But I’m so thankful you’ve taken time to share the journey you are on.

      Lizz, I certainly don’t assume to know of all what you’re facing. But I do know that our greatest battle is often to believe that God is good. That He loves us and is fighting for us. That His everything thought toward us for our good. Satan does everything he can to plant seeds of doubt regarding the truth of our God. So, I’m asking Jesus today to help you rest in His love for you. To help you believe what you likely already know about God’s love for you.

      I know a bit of the struggle you’re walking through as I went through a similar season a number of years ago. I share a part of that journey in the Revive Our Hearts broadcast Come Away and Rest (http://tinyurl.com/chuc26w). I wonder if you (and maybe your mom) would take some time to listen to that broadcast and also this one by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me ( http://tinyurl.com/chuc26w).

      Praying these truths for you tonight, Lizz.

      I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand. Do not fear. I will help you; though you stumble you will not fall for I the Lord uphold you with my hand. So do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed or anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Is. 41:13; Ps. 37:24; Is 41:10).

      But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me! Do not rejoice over me, o my enemy. Though I fall, I will rise. Though I dwell in darkness the Lord is a light for me. He will bring me out to the light. And I will see His righteousness (Micah 7:7-9).

      Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders ( Deuteronomy 33:12).

      Grace and peace,