Everyone goes through a season of change at some point in their lives – sometimes it might even be a season of trials and growth, of confusion and frustration. Sometimes it’s a long season and other times it’s short. Ultimately, the main problem is how we respond to those trials in each season. It’s so easy to lose sight of “God’s will” when we are walking through hard times. A lot of people get upset and begin to doubt God and His perfect sovereign plan and tend to dump all of their hurt and hateful anger out on God. So, I want to share a few things that God has been teaching me lately.
TRUST | Trusting God is HUGE when you are walking through something tough. I find it so comforting to be able to turn to Him and pour out your heart in times of sadness, and to know that He will always be there. That’s the number one thing that gives me the peace and strength to keep going. I’ve also had moments where I have struggled with trusting that all of those hard times are for my good. How can such a good and loving God shower me with such heartbreak? And then one day it hit me: How in the world can I expect to grow spiritually without those hardships? Those are the times we grow and learn the most.
I saw this yesterday on Facebook and was completely blown away by the beautiful reminders written by Lysa TerKeurst:
I don’t know what hard reality is crushing your heart right now. But I do know Satan wants us all to believe the lie that if our circumstances fall apart then so will we.
Satan is a liar. God is a Redeemer. A Healer. The Author of hope. The Pathway of restoration. The great I AM.
We may not have all the answers for our situations, but by God we will stand in the midst of our hard days and declare we trust the One who holds every answer. The One who loves us and will not leave us. ♥
STRENGTH | You can not go through a trial with your own strength, period. Please stop and realize that you don’t have to walk through anything alone. His strength is not your own. Psalm 46:1-3 says that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. What a comfort!
PRAYER | In those times when you get so engulfed with doubt, confusion, upset feelings, and questions, take it to God in prayer. He is ultimately the only One that can give you the peace to see things more clearly. And please remember: no prayer is ever too silly. Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
PATIENCE | Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12. I struggle with patience… Like. A. Lot. I’m one of those that just wants to rush to the end of the trial to see what’s at the other end. God is using every single hard thing for His glory, so don’t rush His work. Be patient. God will reveal to you what He is doing in His perfect timing. Use those days of waiting to grow in your faith and love for Him.
I used to think that Romans 8:28 was such a preschool sounding verse, but recently I have caught myself reciting it over and over. // And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Such truth in that one sentence. To know that “all things” work together for our good. Not just in the picnic and rainbow moments, but also in the cloudy stormy moments.
I write all of this to tell you dear friend, DO NOT give up. I don’t know what endlessly difficult situation is being thrown at you, but nothing has to consume you to the point of feeling trapped and suffocated. Christ is our hope and our cornerstone. We need to remember that. God brings situations in our lives so that we will become more dependent on Him. Also, we need to be content with where God has us. Secondly, don’t ever forget to thank and praise Him for His goodness and grace that He gives freely to each of us. His love is so strong, never failing, and is consistent. Ephesians 2:4-5: But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
A song that always pops in my head when I think about trials and being content is: “It is well with my soul.”
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Reminding myself that even when I am hurting, those tough times can still be well with my soul. Is my soul still hurting? Yes…but it’s a constant battle of reminding myself that the only reason it can be made well with my soul is because of Christ. As a Believer, I have Christ as my foundation. I don’t have to get so caught up with the sins of this world, but instead I should have my eyes fixed towards Heaven. Colossians 3:2 says: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. That’s something I believe we need to be reminded of daily.
Here are a few things that I have personally found to be a comfort:
- Read a chapter of Psalms a day.
- Memorize a few comforting verses. Like Psalm 23:4.
- Be consistent in prayer.
- Focus on God’s many blessings.
I hope and pray that this can be of some encouragement and help to you. I know that sometimes we can get so weighted down with life’s problems that we just need someone to come along side of us to reassure our hearts that it’s going to be ok. And remember, “This load is not yours to carry.”
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Hannah b. ♥♥