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Be Still and Trust God When Change Is Hard

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Change is hard.  It sweeps in like a tsunami taking out entire parts of my life when it crashes down.  In the aftermath I am confused and raw, unsure of how to rebuild. What happens when the thing or person you depend on for security changes?  Does life fall into chaos?  Do you retreat inside yourself to feel safe again?  I do.  Change is hard.  When change is hard I struggle to be still and trust God.  What would happen if we learned to trust God when change comes?   

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How Can I Be Still and Trust God?

I still remember the day I ran into Jesus’ arms. Something horrible had happened – again – when I was 6 and I was hiding behind the couch, rocking myself, praying it would never happen again.  I remember knowing Jesus was there, feeling Him in that hard moment and knowing He wouldn’t leave me.  I never could depend on the people around me for protection or provision or security, but looking back I can see that God always took care of me.   

A lifetime of hardship, disappointment and failure have tainted my ability to trust people. Even though God was always there (maybe because He didn’t just pluck me out of the horrible situation) I always struggled to trust Him as well.  

I’ve always asked these questions: 

  • How do people trust God? 
  • How do people learn to be still when life is so hard?  

Letting go and trusting God has been a life long lesson.  Today’s verse in our series looking at “be still” Bible verses, fits into that life lesson.  We can learn to be still and trust God even when change is hard! Be still and know that I am God absolutely applies to seasons of change. 

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Trusting God in All Circumstances 

Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon;” (Isaiah 23:2  AMP)

The context of Isaiah 23:2 is so fascinating.  This case of “be still” happens mid prophecy where the destruction of an ancient city is foretold.  No one expected Tyre to be destroyed because of its history, location, and popularity but God knew the people were depending on Tyre when they should have been depending on Him.

About Tyre:

  • Tyre wasn’t a bad city as bad cities go.
  • The city of Tyre was ancient.  People depended on it to always be there because it had always been there.
  • Tyre had survived many attacks and was well fortified, further increasing the feeling of invincibility.
  • Other Nations depended on Tyre for trade and losing this city would have a huge impact.
  • Tyre was near Israel.

Be Still and Trust God Through Change

What we observe from the phrase “be still’ in Isaiah 23:2caught me off guard.

God said, “Be still and trust me as I change everything you thought you could depend on in this world”.

I. Hate. Change. 

Change is Hard.

Tyre gave it all she had, delaying its fall for over 10 years but in the end, the city was left in ruins.  The text tells us the nations mourned the loss of Tyre and through it God expected them to be still.

Change is hard but we can be still and trust God through it.

Change always comes in waves of hard times and chaos, doesn’t it?!?!?

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What Do You Depend On In Life?

My gut reaction is ‘I depend on no one and nothing because people fail and things change’.

Does that surprise you? You were expecting the Church answer, ‘I depend on God’.  Well, I do depend on God… but then I don’t.  Can you relate?

God has allowed a lot of crazy messed up stuff into my life and I go back and forth about trusting Him.  My lack of trust shows because God is always teaching me to trust Him… by allowing change and hardship. 

LOL.  This is a vicious cycle.  You’d think I’d just give it up… but the control freak in me paired with the anxiety disorder war with the Spirit of God within me that wants to be still and trust God all the time.

A Safe Place

Church has always been my safe place. The blessing of grace that covers you in Church – and the presence of God, even amidst the fallibility of Christians that roam its halls – always comforts me.

But even churches change.  Pastors come and go.  Christians move their membership over the smallest thing that goes against their preference.

People change.  Places change. 

God never changes, we can be still and trust Him.

Where Do You Look for Security?

As we try to apply Isaiah 23:2 I am led to a question.  

What is the thing or who is the person you place your security in?

I remember as a young naive girl, placing my hopes in marriage to bring security and happily ever after.  Regardless of how my marriage is, my husband changes and can’t meet the expectation of being my security.

Our church goes through changes every few years that throws me into a tailspin, the church can’t make me feel secure.

Honestly, there was a time I separated myself, closed off my heart, and depending on myself out of fear.

If everyone and everything around me is going to change I will just do everything and trust in myself.  I cringe even writing that but it is true.  Have you ever shut everyone out and tried to do it all yourself?

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Self-Reliance Leads to Idolatry

Bet you found bitterness and burnout waiting for you… The result of self-reliance is burnout.

  • God made us for relationships.
    • We are intended to live in community and support each other.
    • We are intended to stay connected to God!
      • To become self-reliant also leaves God out.  When I trust only in me I make myself an idol in my own life.

Idolatry – to trust in anyone or anything more than God, to look to anyone or anything for help before looking to God.

Are you trusting in something or someone more than you trust in God?

Dependence On What?

It’s easy to become dependent on things and people in life more than we depend on God without ever realizing it happened.  We are just going through life day after day living, working, sleeping, shopping, worshiping and all the rest.

Things I depend on in no particular order:

  • The grocery store.
  • My job.
  • My husband’s job.
  • Electricity (whew a blackout will make you realize this fast!)
  • Running water.
  • The Furnace.
  • My cell phone (I do not know one single phone number anymore).

Is it wrong to depend on things in life?

Nope.

Depending on someone or something is not wrong. The problem comes when we place our security in those things rather than God. And honestly, you may not even realize you didn’t have security in God until something changes in one of the things you depend on.  Then you can clearly see the idol standing in the rubble of the change that was hard.

Let Go and Trust God

We can learn to be still and trust God when change is hard because we know He is up to something!  This is all about letting go and trusting God!  You read that right!  Let go and trust God.  How?

Recently God showed me I was depending on myself again, shutting my husband out in the area of our finances.  It took a hard change to make me see it. Change can be good when we let God use it to reveal our hearts and change us, molding us more into His image.

As I sat in the ashes of a huge financial mistake – looking at my idol in the face – I was devastated.  

How had I shifted my dependence from looking to God to supply all my needs to tight-fisted controlling all the money to feel secure that I could supply all my needs?

The shift happens slowly over time when my eyes stop looking to God every day.  There’s an old song “Slow Fade” that says it all.  

“It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade”

It doesn’t happen in a day.  Slow step by slow look by slow action idols are set up.  Praise to God for the change He brings to tear down the idols we didn’t even realize we had set up!

When change comes I freak out, but as I look back I can see that most changes were God’s way of opening my eyes to how dependant I had become on something – not HIM. 

When change comes, be still and trust God.  To let go and trust God you trust His heart – even if you aren’t sure what His hand is up to! 

What Happens When You Trust God?

When you trust God instead of trying to control the things that are changing you will notice a shift.  Faith grows when you trust God in change and hard seasons.  You will see God moving and be open to the heart change He longs to work in your life.  It’s a change I wish would stick for life, but I keep going back and forth with it. Can you relate? 

What does God say about being still? 

What does the Bible say about trusting God? 

As we ask these questions in this series and truly apply the answers changes will begin happening.  My prayer is that these changes will lead to a deeper walk of faith for each of us!  

We are looking at many trust in the Lord Bible verses, Bible verses about trust in relationships, and learning about trusting God in difficult times.  But in order to get to the side that has changed we have to do more than just read over these devotionals. We have to practice the applications. We have to pray. 

It’s not enough to see 10 reasons to trust God or read through a whole list of Bible characters who trusted God.  We have to trust God.  Just step right out in faith today and trust Him through the hard change.  

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A Prayer to Be still and Trust God When Change is Hard

Jesus,

You gave the nation’s warning of the change and still, it was hard.  They mourned the fall of Tyre which gives me peace that it’s not wrong when I mourne the changes in my life.  Lord, when change is hard I do anything but Trust You.  I complain, criticize, gossip and wallow in fear.  Forgive me.

Change my heart to Be Still and Trust You.  Help me trust Your heart even when I can’t understand the need for change.  Open my eyes to see what You are revealing during the change.  Teach me to Be Still, to be silent from grumbling and to mourn the change in a healthy godly way.

Lord, you know the changes I am struggling with today.  I submit to You, Your plan, Your Way and Your Timing.  Have your own way Lord.  Shield me and protect me through the changes.  I will give You all the praise and Glory.

Amen.

Can You Try to Be Still and Trust God More Today?

I don’t know what hard thing you are facing.  There could be some hard changes in the midst of your life that are causing all the walls to crumble in your life.  Maybe your marriage is in a tough season.  Perhaps your church has split.  For some a child has left the nest, a job has changed or health is faltering.  Whatever the difficult issues is that you are facing, God is right there with you.  

What would it look like today to step out in faith in the midst of the change?  

Earlier I shared about a financial challenge that has shaken me.  Faith in that situation for me meant I had to stop complaining about it to everyone with ears around me and start praying about it instead.  Trusting God meant that I had to talk to Him about my need for security and my struggle with respect and submission.  

Maybe for you it means moving or volunteering to help rather than voice displeasure.  It could be that you need to say yes to something you’re afraid of.  Perhaps you need to say no to someone and that scares you.  I don’t know, but God does.  

Don’t just read this.  Pray it through.  Ask HIM to show you how to be still and trust God more today.  He will show you if you ask with open hands and an open heart.

Can I pray over you in this hard choice?  Drop me a comment below and I will begin joining you in prayer over it today.

in HIM,

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Tiffany Montgomery

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17 thoughts to “Be Still and Trust God When Change Is Hard”

  1. It is so great to have God to rely on! It’s always good to think about the overarching purpose of life and that someone is watching over us who loves us deeply.

  2. Oh so much truth. Change is hard, and if we don’t rely on Jesus, and Him alone, we will always be let down. I also rely on electricity (2 days without that is tough these days!), but at one point in our marriage I realized how much I looked to my husband to make me happy. I depended on his approval and love to carry me, and only when I realized this was I able to grow closer to God.

    1. Yes, it’s a startling reality check when God show’s us things that have sneaked in to take His place… But getting back to Him is as simple as a step and a prayer. Thanks for sharing your story here, Marilyn!

  3. So much change and hurt in a life can impact us to either trust God or run from Him. Or some of us go back and forth! I think what matters is that we keep coming back…just as you reveal in your post. So thankful that you keep running back to the Lord even though you’ve experienced tough times. Such a great witness!

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