That’s an important question. Do we trust God? Our truthful answer is shown in how we choose to react to situations, especially stressful, difficult ones. Here’s an example:
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:35-38, NIV
The disciples were in the boat with Jesus. Jesus was asleep. He didn’t have anything to worry about. Then a huge and powerful storm came up suddenly. It was bad enough where the disciples were scared for their lives. Now keep in mind, there were four professional fishermen among the crew: Peter, Andrew, James, and John. And obviously they were scared, too. Finally, they could resist no longer and woke up Christ. Now a good question to ask is, “What did they expect Him to do?” The reason I ask this question is by trade He was a carpenter, a builder, and not a sailor or fisherman. There were four on that boat who should have had significantly more experience than what Jesus had. Yet they turned to Him. My thoughts are they were hoping He’d come up with something. Maybe a better way to stay afloat. Or a creative way to bail water out. But that’s not what He did at all. Verse 39 tells us what He did next. He commanded the wind and the rain and the sea to be calm. And it happened. This frightened the disciples even more (v. 41). Apparently it wasn’t what they were expecting. And that leads back to the question of exactly what were they expecting? I know what Jesus was expecting. He reveals it when he rebukes them.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” – Mark 4:40, NIV
Basically Jesus was asking them, “Don’t you trust me?” Their actions and their fear showed they didn’t. And we’re often guilty of the very same thing. We’re in a tough spot and we get scared. We get worried. We get frustrated. We aren’t willing to wait on God. We aren’t willing to trust God. We’ll say it with our mouths, but our hearts and our minds are somewhere else. And Christ is waiting for us to say, “I trust you, Lord.” In the case of the disciples He was physically with them. In the case of us He is still with us, though we can’t wake up and shake Him awake (He’s not asleep either). He knows exactly what we’re going through. He knows exactly what we need. And He knows exactly when we need it. So He’s basically waiting on us to trust Him. That’s the key!
By the way, if you are walking with God and there isn’t a sin issue in your life, there’s no accident that you’re in the tough spot you’re in. You are there by design. And what God is saying to you is, “I trust you. You have everything you need to make the right choice. You are ready to deal with this. Now, trust me.” Don’t believe me? Paul said it first:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV