Learning the Joy of Trusting in God
This week the topic that has been on my heart is faith and trust. For some reason it really bothers me when people say that they can’t trust in God because of what He puts them through. I’m still relatively young and I know that I haven’t experienced many of the trials that other people have, but I have had my fair share. But during the toughest times of my life, when I am a broken and confused mess, I can feel God better than ever.
During those times I feel an unexplainable peace that I don’t feel at any other time, I feel indestructible. When I turn my attention to God and off of my circumstances I feel a deep joy welling up inside and I know that it doesn’t matter what happens to me because I have God. It’s so dangerous to base our faith on circumstances, only trusting God when things are good, because when they are bad (and they will get bad) then your faith will crumble when you need it the most. At school I heard a quote that is absolutely true,
“You’ll never know that God is all you need until God is all you have, and until God is all you have, you’ll never understand He’s all you need”
You see trust is not saying, “I know that God will come through with what I want” it’s saying, “no matter what I go through, I believe God is in control.” I’m not saying this solely because it’s what Christians should do, I say this because it will help you endure the hardships and you will come out stronger rather than a broken mess. I don’t know what you will go through or what you have been through but I can promise you that God is enough. Philippians 4:6-7 says
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
We may not be able to control our circumstances but we sure can control how we react to them. Next time you are struggling with life, lay down your pride and what you think God owes you, focus on God and work through your situation with Him. I promise you that you’ll be glad you did
“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? Job 38.2-5