Troubled Times

lean on god


If you’re experiencing a time of turbulence in your life, this post is for you. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, an everpresent help in trouble.” Regardless of your circumstances, God is with you and for you. Our God is not far off.
This doesn’t necessarily mean our troubles will disappear, but it does mean that God will walk with us through our trials. Like a good friend, God promises to stick with us and provide encouragement, hope and a reminder of our potential through and beyond our current situation.  In order to actually trust God we must first understand the nature of God and how he often works in our lives. God is sovereign over all, and his love and wisdom exceed anything we’re fully capable of grasping. Consider Romans 8:35-39,
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This passage makes it clear that God is all-powerful, nothing can hinder his love for us, and his desire that we live victoriously in our lives. It’s important to remember, however, that God’s ways are higher than our ways(Isaiah 55:8-9). This often means that his timetable is different than our timetable. Even our answered prayers may look different than how we expect or hope they will look. Regardless of when or how God sees us through our hardships, we must trust that he is the one that ultimately knows what’s best for us. Don’t allow fear to drive you away from God-cling to him in your trial! 
Here are a few practices that will help you maintain your faith in God’s presence and goodness. 
  1. Take a moment to consider everything you’re fearful of right now. Then compare those things to God’s truth. How do they line up? Perhaps you’re afraid that you aren’t good enough, but God’s Word says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13). God’s truth says that his grace is sufficient and his “strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians12:8-10). Responding to negative self-talk with God’s Word is powerful. It will help you look at life through God’s eyes. 
  2. Surround yourself with believers who will build you up and encourage you to fight the good fight. Sometimes all we need is a believing friend to spur us on in trusting God when the way forward may not seem clear. Allow your friends to be there with you and minister to you!
  3. Ask God to continue transforming your thoughts and to help you maintain a right understanding of what’s true of you and your life.

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