In life we can go through months or weeks of feeling that everything is good. A blessing or an answered prayer comes our way. We might even let our guard down a little.
Trials and hard times come without knocking, one day we are fine, and the next day we are knocked off our feet, blindsided.
Before we know it, we are in a whirlwind of doubt, worry, fear, anxiety and uncertainty. There is a storm raging around us and we see no harbor, shelter or refuge. Those hard times can either make or break us; we can get angry and completely lose it, or we can run as fast as we can to the One who helps and gives peace.
More often then not, we do the former and the latter as a last resort. When a blindsiding trial comes our way, our automatic reaction is panic; freak out, stress out, think of the worst possible outcome and dwell on it. We worry about it and completely lose control.
But what if we could change our reaction? What if instead of going off the deep end, we take a breath or two, and turn to the One who knew this going to happen?
God knows all about out struggles and trials. The lyrics of two different songs come to mind when I think of God knowing all…the first is What a Friend We have in Jesus
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
The other song is He Knows.
He knows, He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows, He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the One who knows
God knows everything about us, He created us in His image, so He knows every little detail about us, including our trials.
And not only that, God is not going to put us into a trail and simply let us figure it out all our own. We don’t have to figure it out ,He will be with us every second of it.
Isaiah 41:10 says
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Our trials and unexpected turn of events do not take God by surprise, before we were created God knew every trial and struggle, we were going to have.
That should bring a level of comfort; knowing that God, the creator of the universe, of us, the One who holds the planets in place, knows our trials and He says do not fear.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
But we cannot help feeling emotional when we go through trials, it is a natural human response.
We can’t see what God sees, we don’t know the outcome or what the end result will be, therefore we tend to worry or get anxious.
But we can’t let those emotions control us, easier said than done, trust me, I know. When we let worry or anxiousness control us, we open a door for other emotions to enter, and before we know it, we have a storm of emotions running inside us.
When we worry, we are charging God with folly. The definition of folly is: the lack of good sense; foolishness.
Can you imagine calling God foolish? Because that is what we do when we worry, we don’t trust His plan and we feel we have to worry about it.
When we are at the beginning or the middle of a trail, only God can see the end, but once we get the end, sometimes we can understand why we had to go through it. Maybe we were straying from God, needed to get stronger, it brought the attention to something we’ve been ignoring, whatever the case may be. God puts us through difficult situations to help us.
He always has a plan, and it is for our best interest.
The more difficult situations I go through, the more I realize how much I need God to get me through.
He can give comfort, joy, encouragement and peace, Isaiah 26:3-4 says
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
When we have our mind on God and His word, getting through trials can be a little bit easier.
We can go to Him, He is my rock, fortress, stronghold, shield and tower
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
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