What Does Trusting in God Look Like?

If I’m being honest, I’m not happy with God right now. I’m disappointed by a number of things going on in my life. And that’s just real talk. Real feelings. I can’t help how I feel. But I am still responsible for how I act based on the feelings.

So as I have been reading and reflecting on last week’s blog, and still find my somewhat distressing situation unchanged – I’m still reminding myself to Just Trust God. So, I thought I’d share what Trusting God looks like to me.

We are supposed to honestly petition God for the desires we’d like to have manifested in our lives, and then trust Him with however He responds. When I have to Just Trust God regarding a situation, that usually means I have to wait on Him, and not move based on my natural, humanistic feelings and desires. And there is a difference between waiting for God and waiting on God.

When we are waiting for God, we usually have something in mind that we want God to do, and we’re waiting for Him to make it happen for us. And many times when we’re waiting for God, we are impatient during the wait, as it’s not happening on our timetable, or in the manner we’d like.

But when we’re waiting on God, we are waiting for His hand to move however He wants to. We know what we want to happen, and what we’ve prayed for (and begged and pleaded for) but we ultimately submit to His plan, however it may play out, because we know it’s the best thing for our lives.

When we’re waiting for God, we bide our time, tap our foot, check our watch (or calendar), impatiently waiting for God to show up.

But when we’re waiting on God, we are still seeking His will for our life, while we are letting Him work on developing us while we wait.

I’ll admit, I’ve been alternating between waiting for God and waiting on Him this past week. When I’m waiting for Him, I’m frustrated, as I’m not focused on trusting Him, but instead I’m focused on getting relief from my troubles.

But when I re-focus my mind, I’m reminded that I must trust that His perfect plan will play out in His timing. And it will be the best result based on His Master Plan for my life. Only then is my anxiety settled by a wave of peace, and I can return to the position of waiting on Him.

As I wait on Him, today’s scripture plays out – I am blessed because as I trust Him, I place my hope and confidence directly in His hands. As far as I’m concerned, there is no safer place for them to be.

So as I Just Trust Him, and settle in this position of waiting on God, I’ll continue to progress and grow in my walk with Him. I know my sacrifice of waiting on Him, instead of acting and proceeding how I really, really want to, will be rewarded. And it will be SO worth the wait!


What should you do while you’re waiting on God in your situation? Do any of the below scenarios apply to you?

Future Plans (school, a job, career, or life change) – While you’re waiting on God, can you trust God’s plan and future outcome and not be discouraged if you find yourself on a path or trajectory that was not part of your plans? (For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Jeremiah 29:11)

Marriage/Relationship – While you’re waiting on God, can you turn your significant other over to God? Either we can try to change them, or we can hand them over to God to change, while we focus on working on ourselves. And remember never to make a permanent decision over a temporary situation. (Being confident, that he who began a good work, will continue to perform it. Philippians 1:6)

Troubled child – While you’re waiting on God, can you trust God instead of worrying or fretting over the choices your child is making? We must raise our children in the way of the Lord, ensuring our lives point them to God. (Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6)

Sickness – While you’re waiting on God, can you trust that God is a Healer, and that He always has the final say, no matter what the doctors or tests report? Jesus died on the cross so that we could be healed (by His stripes, we ARE healed – Isaiah 53:3)

Financial struggles – While you’re waiting on God, can you trust God to be your source, instead of your bank account, another person, your job, or whatever other resources you seek financial security from? (And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory – Philippians 4:19)

Are there other situations you are waiting on God concerning? What can you do while you’re waiting?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section…

Published by Tonya May Avent

Child of God. Wife of 20 years to basketball fanatic and coach. Mom to teenage daughters and amazing athletes. Tonya is an award-winning author whose writing has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts magazine. Her first book, Using God’s Playbook for the Game of Life: 52 Scriptures Your Young Athlete Should Know Before Sending Them Off Into the World was released in October 2022.

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