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Trusting God Through Difficulties

Posted on: May 10, 2013

TRUST IN THE LORD

God has pulled me through so many difficult circumstances in my life I can not count. And yet, I still struggle with worry and fear. When a situation comes into my life that is unpleasant, I instantly feel that sicky feeling in my stomach and my heart races. I really don’t like this about myself and this problem is probably what I want to change most about myself today.

My faith in God has certainty strengthened through the years. He has done tremendous works in my life. In hindsight, I see extraordinary circumstances that just seemed to work out for the better without much of my doing. It was most certainly God working good in my life.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Have you ever thought just how busy God is making everything work together for our good? Look at all the mistakes we make. Look at the mess we can make in our lives from sinning. And yet God always comes through for us. Granted, God’s timing is not our timing. Sometimes God works quickly to resolve our problems, and sometimes He works slowly. Very slowly. It is during these slow processes that our faith is tested.

But my issue is with my FIRST response to unpleasant news. I do eventually calm down after a few minutes and start to pray for His help. I ask for comfort and the strength to endure. And I also pray to help me trust Him. The frustrating part is that I DO trust Him! And yet my someday-ahia-b (300x199)first response is fear and worry. I don’t get it. How do I change this about myself? Am I just built this way? God has changed so much about my life and my way of thinking, but this part of me hasn’t changed. I am aware that the difficulties that arise in my life are definitely coming from when I chose to go outside of God’s Will.

Awareness of where my problems start is one thing. I guess that can count for something. But awareness does nothing if not followed by practicing faith in God’s promises and what He says in His Word.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully”. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

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5 Responses to "Trusting God Through Difficulties"

No, my friend, you are NOT the only one – I’m thinking thats another part of our sinful nature for our first reaction to be fear and worry –
I even worried about my first reaction!
I don’t know if this would help but I found 5 or 6 verses that spoke to me about casting care, becoming Still and Knowing He is God and Fear Not
I placed one of the lists in my purse, my bedroom and my office in order to grab the Living Word whenever I needed it
If I couldn’t grab it (when driving or other situations) I would play the Christian music station – one of my favorites is “Bless the Lord, O my soul” – I sing it (to myself) over and over and over until I find peace
You are one the right track, Michelle – this is a continual life process and as long as we are persisitent in following the Word – the race will be won!

Thank you so much. Your comment was very helpful. Much appreciated. Many blessings to you!

Blessings to you to Michelle – enjoy your weekend

Michele, I know your frustration, but you answered your own question: “How do I change this [fear and worry] about myself?” The answer is that only God can change that …. “Sometimes God works quickly to resolve our problems, and sometimes He works slowly. Very slowly. It is during these slow processes that our faith is tested.”

He’s testing your faith right now. Can you change yourself? NO. Can God change the heart of His daughter? YES. Will He change the heart of His daughter? YES. When will He change it? He’s doing it right now … very slowly.

Remember His promise in Philippians 1:6. “I’m confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Just trust that He’s making you what He designed you to be. Blessings in the Saviour dear sister.

Great advice and insight. Thank you Richard. God bless you. 🙂

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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