5 Reasons to Trust God Over Ourselves


Recently, I have been faced with some difficult situations. Some have been my own, and others have been the hardships of those close to me. Either way, it has been challenging. I’m not just referring to the situations alone. I’m talking about challenges to my faith. You know, the kind that rattle you deep inside, and make you ask why and where is the Lord in this?

It’s easy to trust God when life is going the way we want it to, isn’t it? Or could it be, when things are going well, we have a tendency to be self-sufficient, unaware of our deep need for the Lord in all things?

But on the other hand, when things heat up— I mean really heat up—it can be hard to trust that God is still at work.

Good grief, we can be so hot and cold!

To be honest with you, I often relate to the father in Mark 9:14-29. The man has enough faith (and most likely disparity) to bring his son to Jesus for healing. But when the father approaches Jesus he says, “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

The father’s response takes my breath away. It’s so paradoxical … like me.

I find that all too often, I am striving to handle things on my own. I don’t want to bother anyone.

I certainly don’t need to trouble the Lord with my piddly little issues. 

No, I’ll just approach the Lord with the big stuff. I can handle the rest on my own. Thank you very much (insert smiley face emoji here).

But there is so much wrong in this approach (or lack thereof).

Our faith and trust in the Lord is something that is ever-growing. God wants us to trust Him with everything. In fact, it’s a sin to put ourselves in God’s position so that we can ‘handle the little stuff.’  I know, yikes. I feel the sting, too, my friends. But praise God for His mercy and patience with us.

“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.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (emphasis mine)

This passage in Proverbs is telling us if we trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing. It is also saying, nothing we face is too small or too large. God says to submit it all to Him.

However, most of us have a desperate desire to understand.

When things get difficult and we don’t understand, we tend to ask, “Why God?”

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And yet in so many areas, we must acknowledge we cannot always understand. Yeah, it can be frustrating and sometimes downright infuriating.

The tension that we feel from our limited understanding can be eased by a further look into Scripture.

5 Reasons We cannot Lean on Our Own Understanding But Can Rest in God’s. 

1. We don’t have a clear picture, but God does.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

We only see part of the picture God is painting. If we are to truly trust Him, we have to let go of our pride, our programs, and our plans. Even the best-laid human plans cannot begin to approach the magnificent sagacity of God’s plan. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.” (1Corinthians 1:25)

2. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

3. Our limited understanding can lead us astray.

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25

4. When we choose to direct our lives according to what seems right to us, we often reap disaster.

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” Judges 21:25

5. Cultures may change their understanding of what is right and wrong, but God’s standards never change.

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

Each of us must make a decision whether to live his or her life according to personal preference or according to the unchanging Word of God. Let’s face it, often we will not understand how God is causing “all things to work together for good” (Romans 8:28). But as we spend time with God in His Word and prayer, we learn to trust Him more and more.

But have you noticed, it’s in those things that we don’t understand that we learn to trust God the most?

 Is there something going on in your life now where you have been leaning on your own understanding? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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20 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Trust God Over Ourselves”

  1. Thank you, Beckie, for the thought-provoking post! I especially liked this part of 1 Corinthians 13:12 in relation to your topic: “the magnificent sagacity of God’s plan.” What a beautiful word picture that brings to mind! I’ll admit, I don’t think I’ve ever read the version that uses the word “sagacity,” but it most certainly casts a beautiful image in my head! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Julie, thanks for pointing out 1 Corinthians 13:12. The part in which you reference should not have been in italics as though it was scripture (God forgive me). I actually wrote that portion. I have corrected it thanks to you, my friend. Nonetheless, I’m glad it was helpful.


  2. Had I only known, I would have been praying for you more Ms. Beckie. Granted, I do the very same thing; convinced I’m equipped to handle almost everything. Until I’m not. Until that moment when I deem the problem is too big for me and I need to give it to God. You see dear sister in Christ, many of us suffer from “I Trouble” and need our spiritual vision corrected from time to time. I’ve often wondered if that’s why God allows us to face so many challenges to our faith? He does so in hopes that we’ll learn not to depend on ourselves but immediately go to Him with everything. I’ve come to think that I please God most when I approach Him with the heart and mind of a little child. When our children/grandchildren were small, they came to us for everything! Some still do. Why do I find it so hard to say “Abba, I need you, I have a sliver in my finger.” instead of waiting to say “God, I need you now because my arm is infected and rotting off!”? “I Trouble” I think. As you so eloquently pointed out, Proverbs 3:5-6 is guidance for each one of us. Whatever your need, whatever you’re facing. Know that you are not facing it alone. We’ll come together and pray your way through it my friend; just raise your hand. For me, that’s often the most difficult thing to do. Praying until the needs have been met ma’am. What a great reminder of our need to give God everything and to trust on Him for all. God’s blessings ma’am.

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    1. J.D., the kindness you shared through this response truly touch me. I hope others will read it and be as encouraged as I was.
      I learned an acronym years ago that reminds me of your comment: P.U.S.H.
      Which stands for Pray until something happens. 🙂

      God bless!


  3. I will be praying for you as you go through these difficulties. In the past, I’ve had issues with praying about things that seem too small and piddly. But I realized that God doesn’t want me to put on a “show”. He knows what I would rather be praying about.

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    1. Robin,
      I appreciate your prayers. Yes, I’m learning that nothing is too small (or too big) to bring before our great God. I’m reminded of the chorus of an old song that goes like this:
      “I need you. Oh, I need you. Every hour, I need you. My one defense. My righteousness. Oh, God how I need you.”


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  4. Beckie, my word for the year is “lean,” taken from the verse you’ve quoted and referenced here. Such a great reminder for me to submit to God daily, trusting in Him rather than my own understanding. We need Him desperately, whether everything is going great or falling apart. Let us give the Lord our thanks and praise in all things.
    Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Amen and Amen! I forgot that your WOTY is lean. That’s a good one! Mine just happens to be “know”, as in know Him better. I am most definitely growing in my relationship with the Lord as I learn to trust Him more and more.
      Hugs and blessings!

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  5. What a great message! I know there are times when I try to figure out things myself before going to God. I know I need to go to Him first, yet I fail. When I remember to go to Him first, I am comforted by the peace and love only He can provide.

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  6. “Is there something going on in your life now where you have been leaning on your own understanding?”

    I think this is the learning proposed by the Faith; It is a re-education according to the principles of the LORD’s Truth.

    “And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” Genesis 1:3

    One Word and the LORD can transform Reality, for Good or Evil.

    Those who have faith understand that “little or much,” “minimum and maximum,” to the LORD are the same; therefore, the Details are as important as the Whole because the Most High God is One: Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient.

    Blessings, Beckie and everyone!

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  7. “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.” Proverbs 3:5-6

    Proverbs 3 is for those who want to have JUDGMENT, LIFE, and PEACE !!!

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  8. Beckie, A few months ago I thought in my own reasoning how things would turn out only to find deep disappointment in those I trusted. God had allowed adversity to change things for me but not the way I planned things would go. Learning to trust Him indeed takes stages but each lesson seems to teach me that He knows me better than I know myself. When logic contradicts His methodology. I guess through this I am realizing that life does not have to make sense but what is crucial is that we don’t become bitter with man or God.

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    1. Valerie, I’m so sorry about the pain you experienced from the disappointment in people you trusted. However difficult those adversities were, God brought you to a monumental place of accepting that some things in life don’t make sense, but not to allow it to make us bitter with man or God. When things baffle me and threaten to shoot down my faith, I cling to the scripture “You are good (God) and everything you do is good.” Psalm 119:68.
      Thanks for sharing!

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