How to Trust God (When You Have No Idea Where You’re Going!)

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Are you a  planner? Do you like to have you life mapped out? Know where you’re heading? Have things in control?

What happens when you lose your way? When things seem to take a turn away from the direction you thought they were going in? When you have no idea where you’re going anymore?

Today we look at how to trust in God when you’re lost in the wilderness.

How to trust in God (When you have no idea where you're going)

Have you ever felt like your life is going nowhere? Like you’re trying to head in a certain direction and getting nowhere fast? Like you’re just wandering around in circles?

Maybe you’ve been waiting for a long time for a promise God has made to come to fruition.

Maybe you’ve been waiting to move house or job and it’s just not happening so you are stuck.

Maybe you’ve been wondering how God wants to use your gifts and abilities, but every door just seems to close.

Maybe you’ve been longing for intimacy with God for some time and all you hear is silence.

We often describe these times as wilderness times, comparing them to the time that the Israelites spent wandering around in the desert waiting to settle in the Promised Land, after God had delivered them from their slavery in Egypt.

It’s easy to look at these times in our life and think that God has deserted us. That they are pointless times spent just wandering and waiting on God.

It’s easy to become disheartened and lose focus on the goal we once had in our sights. We feel like we’ve failed or we’re destined to never achieve what we had hoped for.

The Bible gives us some great ways to trust God in the wilderness, to understand the purpose of the waiting and wandering and to have faith that He will fulfil all He has promised in us.

“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as the man carries his son, in all the way you have walked until you came to this place.’

But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.”

Deuteronomy 1:29-33

1. How to trust God when you face opposition or obstacles

Have you ever been told you can’t do something? That there’s no point trying to make something happen because it’s never going to work?

I’m not talking about the wise advice of a prayerful friend. I’m talking about the dream-stealers. The people who for some reason like to put the dampers on things. They find it easier to be critical than encouraging. They quash ambition, hopes and dreams with their negativity.

It’s easy to hear discouraging words and believe them. Especially if we lack courage like the Israelites did. We can be easily put off from what we were focused on, lose sight of our ambitions and allow failure to eclipse our sense of hope.

Yet, God promises to fight the opposition on our behalf if we put our trust in Him and refuse to allow our faith to be shaken. If we have a God-given calling to head towards our own Promised Land, whether it’s a new job, a deeper sense of purpose and calling, or healing and wholeness God will fight off any opposition or obstacles on our behalf.

2. How to trust God when you can’t go on

Sometimes, when we’ve been wandering in the wilderness for some time, we run out of energy. We lose hope. We just don’t have the stamina to continue.

We all feel like this at times in life and it’s easy to turn our backs on God. To be petulant and sulk, blaming God for being too slow in getting us to our destination.

Yet, if we trust Him at these times the Bible tells us He will pick us up and carry us as a Father carries His son. How awesome is that?

Don’t lose hope. Don’t turn your back on God. Keep trusting and enjoy the ride!

3. How to trust God when you feel lost

When we’ve been wandering around for a while we lose focus on what we were originally aiming towards. We give up. We are exhausted by the waiting and the times we have been wandering feels like a waste.

We need to look to God for guidance even in the wandering times.  Just as He guided the Israelites in the desert with a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, so too is He guiding us.

It might be hard to see the progress we’re making but we are journeying. We are moving forwards with God as our guide and nothing is wasted.

During the waiting and the wandering God has as much a plan for us as He does when we finally get to where we’re headed.

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Shared this devotion with Chronicles of GraceWhat Joy is MineThe Modest Mom BlogA Proverbs 31 Wife,  The Life of FaithThe Wellspring, The Multi-Tasking Mummy, Becoming a Godly Wife and Mom’s the Word.

About Mel Caldicott

I'm a full-time mum who has spent a lot of time and prayer working out how to make the Essential Thing a priority in the midst of running a home, raising her kids and having fun with my family.
I love reading, playing Uno with my family, listening to music, gardening, coffee and chocolate!


  1. This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! I am such a planner, and when my plans don’t start coming to fruition, I may have a tendency to start floundering…

    It’s so important to remember that God is guiding us always. We need to keep our eyes and hearts heavenward instead of on our goals for this world! Such a great, timely reminder for me!

    Thanks again for sharing!
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      I think it’s especially important for women that we know where we’re going – it helps us to feel secure. So trusting in an unknown future can be a real test. But God’s got it in control – even if we can’t see what’s round the corner yet. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  2. beautiful post, thank you for sharing at the hop xo
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  3. This is a timely blog for me, because I just addressed ‘who should be driving’ my life on my blog. It used the idea of a tandem to show that Jesus and me are in this together. I guess this is a common need for all us…to remember we are not alone, even when it seems that we are lost.

    Well, it sure isn’t boring :)

    Peace in Christ,

  4. Thanks Mel, such an uplifting post. Amazing to see the wilderness journey from both sides. We know how the Israelites felt…and saw their journey…how we see our journeys, but to be reminded (even with Scripture…I love it) of how God saw it…and how He is seeing our journey and more than just seeing…how He is active in our lives. Ah, if we can remember always to TRUST. Enjoyed and needed this :-)
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Lize, He is the beginning and the end. So helpful to know this when we are facing uncertainty. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  5. Yes, I have had my time with dream crushers. They actually were successful in crushing me for most of my life but then I met Jesus. Now they are trying to crush me because I love Him. For some reason, God put me in a place where I often have to struggle with things alone. That’s why I love this quote from the author of Revolutionary Road that anything that is absolutely honest, absolutely true is usually something that has to be done alone. I relate to that very well. Thank goodness for my blogging friends – I don’t get this kind of honesty in my face-to-face interactions, at least not on a daily basis.
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Laura, that sounds hard. The insecurities of others are often the source of the ways in which we are discouraged. I pray that you are able to hold on to God’s Word for all you seek. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  6. Yesterday morning I was preaching about God’s timing — much of this post would have fit in quite nicely!
    Whenever and what ever we can’t understand, we still need to trust.
    Trust and obey.
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  7. visiting from #tellhisstory – “lose focus”- oh so easy to do, so hard to re-gain. Better to keep our eyes on Jesus! Thanks for your good words today!
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  8. Your devotions are always so helpful. Thanks so much.
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  9. Beautiful, Mel. I’ve never been accused of being a planner. Quite the opposite, really. But trust has always been hard for me too. I’m used to taking care of myself. But I”m learning. How he always provides. And opening my hand has never been so sweet.
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