Trust God, Not Circumstances

Trust God not circumstancesTrusting God in the midst of bad circumstances

I had this realization that seems really obvious, but for some reason it took me a while to get it.

I should be just as confident that things are going to work out when they look crazy as when everything looks fine and dandy. The opposite is true as well. Even though things look peaceful and calm, that is not an indication of security. Our security comes from God. It is not at all dependent on what is going on around us. Whether it is the economy, our finances, our children, our marriages, we can (and should) trust God with all of it.

Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

It just dawned on me recently after going through a faith test that it really doesn’t matter whether it is easy or difficult to trust God. As my circumstances began to “look” better, I noticed myself trusting a bit less in God and a bit more in myself. After all, my circumstances weren’t requiring as much faith. I kind of slapped myself a bit and realized that I am no less dependent on God when things are going good as I am when they are going terrible.

The good circumstances are only an illusion of security. When things look good, it is easy to understand how things will all work out. But isn’t it amazing how quickly I can go running back to God in faith when things look bad again? I quickly realize that “good circumstances” provide no true security.

The great news is that for believers, bad circumstances are only an illusion of a lack of security.

Trust God in the storm

It reminds me of Jesus sleeping on the boat during the middle of the storm. He said, “let us go to the other side.” But yet when things started looking bad enough, they started to doubt that would happen. The truth is, no matter how bad things looked, they were just as secure. They had God in the flesh on the boat with them! How could they really think that they wouldn’t make it?

Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

When they finally were freaking out enough, they woke Him up and frustrated with their lack of faith, He told the storm to calm down. They just didn’t get it. They didn’t realize who Jesus was. They didn’t realize that it didn’t matter how bad it got, He was there with them.

When they finally were freaking out enough, they woke Him up and frustrated with their lack of faith, He told the storm to calm down. They just didn’t get it. They didn’t realize who Jesus was. They didn’t realize that it didn’t matter how bad it got, He was there with them.

It is no different for us today. We have the promise of God that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. It doesn’t matter how bad things look, it is merely an illusion. Don’t be deceived: when your trust is in God, you could not be more secure.


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  32. Danetta

    I am glad I came across this site. I really needed these words of encouragement. This is just a reminde that God is always with us in the good and bad times. I too have been scheduled for an eviction but I am not claiming that because I know our God is a mighty God. I looked back on my life and through the tribulation God was always there for me….why should I doubt him now. I believe he permits things to happen in ou life so that he can show up to seal our faith and dependence on him. He is an Awsome God! NO matter what you are going through keep the faith he is always with you and according to Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The devil is a liar when he makes you think God has forsaken you. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If he said it…it is so! Keep the Faith Everyone!

  33. Sophia

    Hello Everyone,

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  34. Emma

    I was laying in bed thinking of all the difficult & seemingly impossible situations I am facing. I searched for verses on provision and I came across this site. I have been reminded of who God is! He is a loving Father who watches over us and who says ours ways are not His ways. The book of Philippians reminds us to not be anxious about anything but through prayer and supplication to make our needs known to the Lord. It then says: the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will rest on you.

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  35. M.Mangena

    This puts things into perspective, I never realised how deceiving situations may seem,I feel like slapping myself in the face for ever doubting and taking my eye’s off the lord………I trust in the Lord and not the situation or myself when things seem easier, this has totally changed my life;-)

  36. Kemi Alaran

    This just put things in perspective for me. I liked the phrases “The good circumstances are only an illusion of security” and “bad circumstances are only an illusion of a lack of security”.

    God bless you Brother Bob

  37. Tavia

    Thank you for writing this.

  38. David

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  39. dave

    Amen. Amen. Amen! God is great – all the time!

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      Yes, you may not get what you want, or what think you need, in this world, but you will get in in the next!!!

  41. Mike

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  43. kisamba peter

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  44. Tracey Keas

    This was an outstanding and blessing quiet time this morning for me. My family and I are in the same situation with being homeless. We are staying with friends right now from church. But things will change by the first of the year. So we need alot of prayer, that we will find a place by the time we have to move. But I thank you all for your words of encouragement. And have a bless day. Love, Tracey Keas

  45. Mia

    Amen, and amen!

  46. Missy

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      God is faithful. Give this situation to God and continue to pray. God has a plan for you and your children. Continue staying around strong Christians and going to your local church. Plan weekly outings for your children such as visiting an animal shelter, working together in a soup kitchen, participating in a sports activity together. I feel this will produce positve results and help build a stronger relationship. Be encouraged. I am praying for you and the family.

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    “Don’t let circumstances dictate your character.”

    Thanks for the encouragement Bob!

  48. Michael

    Think God appreciates his creation using Him as cover for poor choices? I’ve seen it done way to many times with this line.

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  50. Eliana

    Thank you for this post. I feel blessed when someone reminds me of the security I can find in God’s love.

  51. Annie

    When my eyes are on God, I feel so calm and secure and cared for. It’s like being wrapped in a blanket of warmth and happiness. This is a great post and so true. Thanks for the reminder!

  52. Ruth

    Thank you for the words of encouragement. Very glad I found your website.

  53. Trevor

    I find it difficult trusting god
    I mean he play’s so small a part down here
    It’s all about Leaning on one another down here rather than above.

  54. Frankie

    This post is amazing! I have been praying, fasting, researching, studying and fellowshiping with people of God for almost a year looking for God’s calling for my life. He has revealed it to me and I want it so much. But “His ways are higher than my ways”. His timimg is perfect but my imperfections demand the blessing right now as if I know what’s best for me. Lately it has been tough to press on feeling like breakthrough is miles away. None the less, I continue to speak those things as though they were and believe and declare each week breakthrough week. I am assured by this post and the many comments after that our God is in the generation of the righteous. And if God is for us who can be against us?!

  55. Nchise Delphine Nchang

    God promises are sure, and we can depend on him.

  56. mc

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, with all mind and soul. God Bless !

  57. Anna

    Bob, I thank God for you and this website. I know that He lead me here. My husband and I have been going through some challenging times this year. I lost my full-time status at work as well as my medical benefits. In addition there were some health concerns and family problems. God remains faithful through it all. We positioned ourselves to trust Him. This article is a confimation for us and it was very encouraging. I have been taking notes on lessons 1 – 3 from the Bibical Money Essentials Course. I shared my notes with my husband, the Lord revealed to him that my notes are our vision. The word instructs us in Habakkuk 2:2-3 to write the vision and to tarry until the vision comes for it is for an appointed time. This is what we plan to do as we work to become debt free. We have God’s assurance that if we follow His financial prnciples, freedom shall surely come. Once we are free, we plan to continue to keep the vision before us, so that we remain free to do the will of God.

    God bless you!



  58. Stephanie

    Another great article! I’m encouraged also by all the wonderful posts and praying the writers and their families.

    God bless you for your ministry! Keeping you in prayer as well.

  59. Valerie

    I’m learning daily to trust God and not man. I thank God for your ministry and your dedication in helping others.

  60. Rosa

    Greetings, I first want to thank God Almighty and you for sending out information to me
    about managing finances and trusting God. I was asking God in prayer to fix my finances right before I got your information on my inbox ! God does listen and care! It took me a really long time to trust, The Holy Spirit is right on time!