How to Trust God When Your World Is Falling Apart

What are you planning to do? 

I’ve heard this question a few times this month. My life is kind of falling apart right now. After years of holding on for dear life on a shaky foundation of self sufficiency, I am now flat on my face before God.

I can’t fix this one.

I am on my knees.

My empty hands are lifting up to God for support. I can’t do this without His help.


What are you planning to do? Today I decided to invite a couple of friends for lunch who are struggling to find firm footing just like me. We shared how we are coping with the unexpected upheaval in our personal lives over soup and salad.

Let me be honest: I don’t have an action plan. I am actually praying Jesus will return as soon as possible so that I don’t have to clean up this mess.

But I smiled and put on my best “I know God’s got this covered” face for my friends.

I want to trust Him.

I just wish I could fix it instead of waiting for Him to work it out.

Friends, I hate change. Waiting is not my love language.

What are you planning to do? I asked my two former co-workers who sat smiling back at me across the table.

“I’m going to take the next month to pray before I make a decision,” she said.

My sweet sister quietly taught me how to surrender my chaos to Christ. Can I tell you she served me a meal much better than the soup and salad I’d ordered.

Best lunch date ever. I needed a strong dose of faith.

Maybe like me, you need a good friend to remind you He is faithful. How do we trust God when our world is falling apart? What if we aren’t sure we have what it takes to face tomorrow?

If you have more questions than answers right now, offer them up to the only One who has the answers.

My friend is offering her doubts and fears to God for the next 30 days, and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through her. I see Jesus in her.

The wisest man on earth once said we should trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. The original Hebrew word used here in Proverbs 3 for “trust” is a picture of a servant lying helpless and facedown waiting for direction from the master.

If you’re facedown and helpless today, thank Him for positioning you in the perfect place for you to experience His Presence.  



We pray through our problems with expectation and wait watchfully for God to act.  

“Quiet your heart in His presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you. And don’t think for a moment that the wicked in their prosperity are better off than you.” (Psalm 37:7, TPT)


John Piper says it best: “Christian courage is the willingness to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost, because God promises to help you and save you on account of Christ.” 

‘Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIRV)


Rather than self-confidence, we step forward with God-confidence — securely relying on His strength and standing firm on Truth.     .  

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” (Jeremiah 17:7, NIV)


I was super convicted by how Pastor Rick Warren unpacked this principle: “You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge.”  (Ouch!)

“Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and He will provide for you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust Him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” (Psalm 37:4-5, TPT)


“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on His faithfulness.” (Psalm 37:3, NLT)


He is True.

“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything He does.” (Psalm 33:4, NLT)

He is our Refuge.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:1-4, NIV)

He is our Unfailing Love.

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5, NIV)

He is our Strength.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” (Psalm 28:7, NIV)

He is our Treasure.

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one Who calls you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3, NLT)

As we surrender our messy, falling apart lives to God, we walk with a lighter step. We will no longer carry the weight of trying to resolve our problems, and we make room for God’s presence to fill us with peace. God has the whole world in His mighty hands — including you and me.


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Lyli Dunbar
Lyli Dunbar
Lyli Dunbar’s burning passion as a writer, speaker and Biblical life coach is to fuel a wildfire faith in the weary hearted. She starts every weekday by digging into the Word verse by verse with thousands of women as a writer and mentor at Love God Greatly. A fireball at heart, Lyli is energized by singing karaoke in the car with her husband, reading 12 books at a time, and cooking Cuban food for a full house. Stop by to grab faith fuel for your day or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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