From a young age, we are constantly asking questions. You’ve probably experienced it with a kid before: They ask a question, get their answer, and then ask why? They do this over and over until they understand or they get the answer they want to hear.
We’re just the same—we are always asking questions, either consciously or subconsciously. We ask God questions like: Why did this happen? Why am I here? What do I do now? Was this You? Are You still here? Are You still working? We ask God some hard questions, and then keep asking until we get an answer that we understand or want to hear. Sometimes we don’t get the answer we wanted. What do we do then? Oftentimes we keep asking and pushing or we try to figure it out ourselves. Yet, again, just like a kid, when we try to figure it out on our own it usually doesn’t end well. With our questions, we turn into children with God, fighting until we understand or get what we want.
I have found myself in this position a lot, asking some hard questions and not hearing the answers I want. I have had to choose what I am going to do. Am I going to continue to fight for myself, or am I going to say, “God, I don’t understand, but I will trust you anyway.” When we trust God in the middle of the unknown it lets Him fight our battles for us. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (NIV). Another translation says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (NKJV). In order for God to fight our battles and do the things only He can do, we have to stop fighting and hold on to our peace. God wants to fight for you. He doesn’t want you to fight for yourself and struggle your way through it. He wants to carry you, make your burden light even in a heavy season and, most of all, He wants to hold your heart.
Sitting still and letting God fight your battles can be one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes you sit to the side and watch as it seems nothing is happening, and sometimes you see your mountains move right in front of you. In both of those situations you have to decide to say, “God, I trust you even when I don’t understand, even when it hurts, even when it feels like nothing is moving. I trust You because You promised to fight my battles, and You are a God that keeps your promises.” We have to continually put our trust back in God and then watch Him do what He’s promised.
Trusting isn’t always comfortable because sometimes God fights our battles in a different way than we wanted or He takes longer than we hoped. That’s why it requires trust. Trust, by definition, means: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Trusting in God is choosing to believe, or have faith, that God is who He says He is, He will do what He said He will do, and He really will fight for you.
I encourage you to take time today to ask yourself a few questions: Are there areas where you have started to fight for yourself, and do you trust that God will fight your battles? If the answer to the last question is no, then I encourage you to pray a simple prayer like this: “God I don’t fully trust that You will fight my battles, but I want to trust. Would You build in me a confidence and trust in You that is unshakable, and would You help me rest in your peace?”
So, next time you are asking God hard questions, ask Him to take your hand like a father leading His child, and let Him lead you into a greater place of trust.
About Lindsay Cochran
Lindsay is passionate about loving God and people, and loves to have a good dance party with her friends. She loves to encourage people to become all that God has created them to be. She is extremely excited to have graduated high school and is looking forward to attending Oral Roberts University.