5 Truths About God When You Feel Lost

Life becomes confusing when it takes a turn onto a road we never expected to drive down. Sometimes, new seasons feel scary and leave us feeling lost. How can we navigate with assurance and confidence when the path ahead is unclear?

It is essential to fix our eyes, minds, and hearts on the character of God to view our lives through a lens of faith while living in a world that continues to cast doubt. Allow these five truths about God to anchor you when you feel lost and provide peace for your faithful next step.

God is the creator.

A few years ago, to help anchor our family in God’s truths, we started walking through catechism questions. We digested these questions over breakfast and allowed them to provide a feast of truth for our hearts before the day continued.

The sheer complexity of questions like “What is our only hope in life and death?” and “Who is God?” tempted us to pause, yet we couldn’t ignore our internal hunger for answers.

So, who is God?

To begin with, Genesis 1:1 recounts, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (ESV). Scripture begins with creation because it not only forms the foundation of the world but also of our lives. It’s amazing how often I journey back to the beginning to help me process where I am today.

When we are tempted to question the hows and whys of how God made us, let’s go back to the beginning. When we are tempted to give up on this weary journey of faith, or when we are desperate for an anchor to steady our gait and fortify our hope, remember God is the creator and sustainer of us all.

God alone is God.

We often overlook how much we use other functional gods along the way. Money offers to serve as a temporary provider; we look to others as saviors; we turn to our feelings to assess right and wrong. Without awareness, we look to these other gods to provide what only the one true God promises to fulfill, yet I feel more lost when I follow these lesser gods.

Psalm 86:8 reminds us that “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.”

It is good for us to remember that nothing on earth compares with our eternal God. We need not continue to look for a better savior than the one who gave his very life for us. God has wondrous things in store for us when we place our lives in his hands and follow his design for our lives.

Through life’s challenges, we can remain grateful for the fact that not only is he God, but he alone is God. He alone is worthy of our praise and trust.

God is unchangeable.

If I’m honest, disappointments in this life can lead me to form a new version of God that is made in my image. I often think that I could write my life story better if given the opportunity. I prefer a God that sides with me on a current political issue or that prevents suffering in this world.

Yet God reminds us in his word that he does not accommodate preferences, nor does he change for anyone or anything. Even when Moses asked for God’s name in Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (ESV) There remains solid assurance that God is who he says he is, and nothing can change him.

The fact that God is unchangeable reminds me that he is also not altered by the changing trends of this world. He is not fashioned by human hands or preferences. Genesis 1:27 reminds us that God is not made in our image, but rather, we are made in his image, and that order matters.

So, while he allows suffering and our temporary desires to remain unfulfilled, we are reminded that God’s very nature is sufficient for all our questions. When life leaves us feeling lost in unfamiliar territory, we can trust and live confidently in a God whose very name is the great “I Am.”

God is unchanging.

God is unchangeable, but God is also unchanging, and the distinction matters. Circumstances or preferences cannot change him; therefore, He never changes.

Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” but the verse continues with a warning in verse 9: ” Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace…”

The truth about who God is becomes an anchor, yes, but also a protection for us throughout life. Because God is unchanging, it is important to note that nothing changes in our lives apart from Him. His sovereignty provides an anchor in times of trouble and celebration alike.

We receive gifts of provision and healing with the same open hands with which we release control. So, be encouraged; when everything feels new or uncertain in your life, God remains the same. We can release the need to have every question answered and every doubt addressed on this side of heaven because we can trust our eternal, unchanging creator, God.

God’s eternal nature provides sure footing as we scale new heights in new seasons and navigate unforeseen circumstances. His steadfast, enduring love is ever-present, no matter how much changes for us each day.

God is good.

Last but certainly not least, it is crucial that we remind ourselves of the enduring truth that God is indeed good. This truth may be the most difficult for us to believe. Despite the hard, the difficult, or the disappointing, scripture attests that His goodness remains.

“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” (Psalm 86:5)

God’s goodness begets forgiveness, bequeaths love, and blesses us. May we not gloss over or pass by this profound truth.

God is good because He is holy, perfect, righteous, and true, but God is also love. His kindness and his mercy are steadfast and everlasting. What keeps us from remaining lost is his inherent goodness to rescue and redeem. Because of his unchanging nature, he cannot be anything but good. And that is the best news for us as we seek to tether our hearts, minds, and lives to the living God.

So, we have a choice. We can anchor our lives on our experiences and feelings or on the character of God. God desires for His children that we look through the lens of who He is; otherwise, we risk walking blindly through this life. May these truths about God cultivate a deeper affection for God and a greater anchor in God as we navigate the constant twists and turns of this life.

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