It’s inevitable. Tough times will come along during our lives. A pastor friend once told me something along these lines: “You’re either coming out of a time of struggle, in the midst of a difficult time, or heading toward a challenging time.” The Christian life (or any life) is not always a bed of roses—and the Bible doesn’t promise us a life free from trouble. This week, let’s take a Scriptural look at trusting God through difficult circumstances.
Trusting God No Matter What
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Psalm 56:3-4, NIV
This week, we have talked about times when it’s difficult to trust God—when bad things happen, when He seems silent, and when we don’t understand God’s plan. Ultimately, the goal is learning to trust God no matter what happens.
Sometimes, we must choose to trust even when we don’t feel like it, even when we’re afraid. In the face of difficult circumstances, we can choose to believe in God’s faithfulness and trust the outcome to Him. It won’t always be easy. Trusting in God may not be our human nature’s first inclination. But when we shift our focus to an eternal perspective, the troubles of this world can begin to fade away.
I want to come back to a verse I originally shared on Monday. This verse in 2 Corinthians gives us clear guidance regarding the struggle to maintain an eternal perspective:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV
Remember that the struggles we experience in this world won’t be present in eternity. God doesn’t promise us a life in this world without trouble or trials. However, God does promise to never leave us or forsake us. He promises to walk through it all with us—and to be with us always (Matthew 28:20, Isaiah 41:10).
As we learn to rest in the peace of His presence, we can praise God even in the midst of the trials and struggles we will inevitably face in this life. Trusting the Lord requires courage and faith. I believe it’s a lifelong journey of learning to lean on His promises and faithfulness.
When storms come your way, I pray you won’t lose heart. Instead, remember that you are safe in the arms of a sovereign and loving God. Your circumstances do not take Him by surprise, and He is fully able to do what He has promised.
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21, NIV
Learning to trust more fully,