Why Should I Trust God? I Feel Like Giving Up

by Jack Wellman on April 17, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Even Christians can feel like giving up.  When times seem at their very worst, why should we trust in God?  How can we trust in Him more when we come to the end of our rope?  How can we trust a God we can not see?

What is Trust?

Trust is what makes a young child leap into their father’s arms into the swimming pool.  Money has “In God We Trust” on it because of our Christian heritage.  We can trust that the person at the counter will take our money and the store employee trusts that the money is good and so accepts it for the merchandise you bought.  Trust allows us to get in our cars and drive to work and know that our brakes will stop us at the red light or stop sign even though we can‘t see the brake pads and cylinders.  This is similar to trusting in God except that we can trust Him completely.  Even though we can’t see Him, we know He is there.  As Jesus said, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:29b).  Even in His silence, most believers understand that He is still working all things out for their best (Romans 8:28).  Peter wrote, Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8). I can trust my wife when she says she will do something.  She is completely reliable and trustworthy.  How much more can we trust an omnipotent (all-powerful) God?

I Feel Like Giving Up

I wonder how many of us have said ”I give up!“ when we are trying to do something in vain and it’s just not working.  It’s so frustrating when everything we try seems to blow up in our face.  Our cares can be so heavy that it becomes impossible to carry the load.  This is why the LORD says, Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall (Psalm 55:22).  When we feel defeated, as we all do at times,The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down (Psalm 145:14). What is interesting about this Psalm is that He upholds those who fall andlifts up all who are bowed down.” Those who are “bowed down” may mean those who bow down in submission, in desperation, or in giving up (or all three!).  When “God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” we can believe Him (Hebrews 13:5b)“Jesus has given us His Word that “I am with you always, even to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).

When you feel like giving up and you are completely overwhelmed, you can trust ... the Lord

When you feel like giving up and you are completely overwhelmed, you can trust … the Lord

There are times when it’s actually good to give up because the battle is not really ours.  God’s Word is so encouraging as we read in 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17-18,This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s [for] you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you [and] do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” Ironically, it is when we surrender that we achieve victory for if we are fighting our own battles we will surly lose, but when we allow God to fight the battle (of life) for us, we are guaranteed victory.  Who wouldn’t want God to fight for them?  Even though [we] stumble, [we] will not fall, for the LORD upholds [us] with his hand (Psalm 37:24).

Guilt Versus Conviction

Many people feel overwhelmed by guilt.  They have a hard time deciding if it’s guilt or if it’s conviction of the Holy Spirit.  So many believers are living with needless guilt over their sins of the past and those that they still battle with; however there is a world of difference between human guilt and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Here’s how we can tell the difference between these two.

Guilt

Guilt is like Satan accusing the brethren before the throne of God, day and night (Revelation 12:10). Even though we are forgiven, we are naturally not going to be perfect in this present world.  Guilt says that we are worthless, hopeless, and have no chance to be saved.  The Enemy whispers in our ear that we have too much baggage to possibly be saved, even by God.  Guilt says, “Who do you think you are!  What makes you think that you are a Christian…just look at what you do?”  Guilt takes us away from God.

Conviction

Conviction  by the Holy Spirit brings us to God and makes us see our need for forgiveness. When we sin, and we all do (1 John 1:8, 10), we feel God the Holy Spirit showing us that we need to go to God and ask for cleansing, which He promises to do (1 John 1:9).  We are all going to be convicted about our sins but we are not ever cut off from our relationship with God. Paul wrote that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Do you have unnecessary guilt? Yes, you likely do or have had it at one time or another because we are all human and human feelings and emotions are highly unstable and not trustworthy.  However, God’s grace is available to us.  If you have confessed your sin(s), then God has forgiven you…now you must learn to forgive yourself.  Thank God for the conviction of the Holy Spirit because this points us to our need to go to God and confess our sins before Him.

Take a look at the simple contrast between guilt and conviction:

Guilt

Conviction

Guilt makes us feel afraid and unworthy to go to Him and instead we run away from Him. Conviction makes us run to God for a cleansing of our sin.
Guilt makes us feel that we are cut off from our relationship with God Conviction makes us run into His presence for forgiveness.
Guilt leads to condemnation Conviction leads to repentance and confession.

 

That’s a huge difference!  If you know the difference, you would do well and you’ll certainly have more peace of mind.  Jesus told us that this is the job of the Comforter saying thatHe, when He (the Holy Spirit) comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).

Conclusion

When you feel like giving up and you are completely overwhelmed, you can trust to the uttermost the Lord, for He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). In our deep despair and trouble, when we feel like giving up, remember thatGod is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  Our father has compassion on his children [and] the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:13-14).  I am a father and a grandfather and how much I love my children and grandchildren but God is an infinitely greater Father than we can even imagine and knows that “we are dust.”  It is from everlasting to everlasting [that] the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children (Psalm 103:17).  So rid yourself of your unnecessary guilt and never give up because as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12).

If you haven’t put your trust in Jesus Christ, then you have every reason to worry and be in despair forThe wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18) and you are without excuse (Romans 1:20c).  On the other hand, for those who trust in Christ He says, Repent [and] turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall (Ezekiel 18-30).  That is my desire for you today. Don’t wait for tomorrow may never come.

Take a look at this other article about trusting the Lord:

Trust the Lord Bible Verses

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Robert April 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Great article Jack, on a very timely subject.
It is very tempting, when one succumbs to sin and feels guilty, to feel like they need to hide from God instead of going to Him in repentance. Your article is very helpful in pointing out that our only hope is to turn to God in our time of weakness and need. Thank you again, brother Jack, for an eye-opening article.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman April 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank you Robert. It is easier to say I trust Him that to actually show Him I do. Thank you sir.

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Christian April 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Awesome article! I’ve been struggling to understand the difference between guilt and conviction, and now I truly understand it, thank you for this message. God bless!

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Jack Wellman April 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Thank you so much Christian for your kind words. Even I still struggle with this and all Christians will face doubts from time to time and try to wrestle with guilt verses conviction. I am so glad you like it. All glory to God for He is Who I write for.

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Linda April 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Pastor Jack, I couldnt believe my eyes when I read the heading for today. On Monday, I said just that , I “give up” 7 years ago we lost everything, our home, our business etc. We were never blessed with children, so it was just the 2 of us. We began to start over from the bottom and are still struggling . One day I give up and hubby talks me out of it., then Im okay and one day he will give up then I talk him out of it and then I thank God that we both dont give up on the same day., cause then what? Its much better than 7 years ago but still an uphill battle.., In my prayers I always ask for help with patience and anxiety, I still need more patience but as for anxiety, I pretty much no longer have that awful gut feeling and stress., Tuesday I started Psalms and came across those you mentioned above today. I will continue to cast all my cares to him, though it does get extremly hard at times. So thank you for this great article and for listening its just what I needed today, God bless you Pastor Jack.
Linda

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Jack Wellman April 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Thank you Linda. You are so kind. You can see that the power in this article is all from God and His Word and none of it from me and to Him belongs the glory and to our Christ we give thanks.

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Linda April 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Pastor Jack, Im not sure I have the proper email address, so just forwarding this. Thanks
Linda

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Jack Wellman April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I got your comments my friend. Is this what you meant? Are you forwarding it to your husband? Is that what you meant? After all you both have been through, I see that your faith in God remains strong…even after all these fiery trials. Wow. I thank God for you my friend.

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DONDON April 18, 2013 at 2:46 am

Thank You Bro. Jack what a great article, this can be useful in our daily life interfering this world. God Bless.. to God to be the Glory

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Jack Wellman April 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

Thank you Dondon for your kind words. I do appreciate your visiting us and to you I also ask God’s blessing on you. Yes, to God be the glory…amen to that!

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Jack April 20, 2013 at 2:27 am

Nice article, Pastor Jack! You were absolutely correct in your last article, gossip is EVIL! It has probably separated more friends or put friendships in jeopardy than all the other probabilities! By the way, You know the person behind the sudden Boston bombing? He has been captured: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/we-got-him-19yearold-boston-bomb-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-captured-alive-in-watertown-after-dramatic-end-to-huge-manhunt-8579362.html
I sincerely hope the Lord is merciful on these suspects as they caused a lot of trouble and ruined what should have been a wonderful sporting event, fingers crossed that they see the error in their ways and repent! *fingers crossed*
Thanks, Jack H :D

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Jack Wellman April 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thank you Jack. Say, they have now caught both of them. I understand that they are from a Muslim portion of the old Soviet Union. Yes, I pray the one that is living repents but the one who died is beyond hope. There is no redemption beyond the grave for those who do not repent in this life, confess their sins and put their trust in Christ.

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Nkwanzi Daphine April 22, 2013 at 3:24 am

Thank you very much for this article Pastor Jack. I feel like this is the best decision ever made by far subscribing to this website for daily inspiration. I have been overwhelmed by guilt and now that i know the difference between guilt and conviction, i feel so great and believe even more that God does love me and that he has my back. i have realised that all along, in my journey with God, the Holy Spirit convicts me but since i have been buried so deep in the guilt i feel everytime i am away from God, i have been so discouraged, hopeless and thinking that even if i knelt down to ask for forgiveness, there would be no point. But now, thanks to you I am soaring in high spirits thank you very much and may God bless you

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Jack Wellman April 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

Nkwanzi, your comments are such an encouragement and I appreciate them very much. I thank God that He could use a broken vessel like me to help a fellow believer in Christ.

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Greg Hinton April 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Pastor Jack, could you please let my know how I may forward a couple of poems that I recently wrote. GOD has so blessed a poor sinner like me and I feel lead to let the joy and peace I know out and share.
Your brother in Christ,
Greg

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Jack Wellman April 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thank you Mr. Hinton for your comment. Do you mean to share these with this website? If so, please click on the link below to inquire for this purpose.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/contact

There is also a fine website called Christian post and you can inquire about this at the email, hr@christianpost.com or this link for more at:

http://blogs.christianpost.com/faq.html

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Greg April 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

Pastor Jack, thank you for your quick reply. I have submitted it via the suggested link. Thank you and please let me know how you like it.

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Jack Wellman April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

Greg, I am not the one who makes that decision. I am only a writer here among many but I pray you also tried the Christian Post blogs site.

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Adam Oliver April 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hello Pastor Jack,
I find your articles very comforting and well balanced and many times it uplifts my spirit. One thing that I have struggled with is TRUST. I sometimes wonder how to trust God despite/inspite of your circumstance. I have been on an issue for over a year and have prayed and fasted about it. It seems I cant have peace over this issue and am constantly anxious. I am convinced that God has spoken and the issue is resolved and I can see the situation getting better but I still get into the habit of worrying about it. After reading this article I see that the only way to trust God, is to let go and let God. I will read and meditate on the scriptures you quoted above. Thanks

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Jack Wellman April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thank you Mr. Oliver. Truly, God is worthy of all glory, honor, and credit for I know nothing except that which I have been taught and so the real power is in the Word of God. Nonetheless, thank you sir for your encouraging words.

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Duane Zimmerman December 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks! This came just in time. I’ve been a christian for over 30 years and have felt disappointment in God. This helps reassure me my faith is not a waste of time.

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Thank you Mrs. Zimmerman…I am glad that it helped. The ironic thing is that when I wrote it, I myself was lacking in fact and trust in God.

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Jack H January 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! :D I seek not to divide anyone over this, but why are the Matthew and Mark accounts of the “greatest in heaven” debacle different? According to Matthew, the disciples simply asked Jesus who would be the greatest in Heaven, and Jesus rebuked them by setting a child in their midst. But according to Mark, the disciples were ARGUING who was greatest, Jesus asked what they were arguing about, and they stayed silent out of shame. Then Jesus set the child in their midst. Which one should I believe? Do I believe both of them?
Which testimony is correct? I apologise for putting this burden on you.
Thanks, Jack H

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