The psalmist said “ Trust in the Lord, and do good” (Psalms 37:3). As a Christian, trusting in the Lord is something you have to learn. It’s not an automatic feeling that comes once you are saved. In fact, handing your life over to God is just the start of the journey of trust. Connecting with Christ through being born again lays the foundation for an astounding skyscraper of trust that will take a life time to build.
When life seems difficult, remember that these tests and trials are bricks that are building a wall. A strong wall. A glorious wall. When we began to walk with God, brick by brick, God is starting to create a bond between you and the Word of God. If we obey God and trust in His Word, and use the mortar or glue of the Holy Spirit to lay the bricks, it will form a magnificent wall of christian character. This wall distinguishes us from the world and it will begin to make you distinct in ways you cannot comprehend with the naked eye. You already became special when you repented of all your sins and became connected with God. But still there’s something more God wants you to experience. See, the building Christian doesn’t look to himself for answers; they get all “caught up” in “thus saith the Lord”. And that’s a great thing!
In the midst of our struggles, trusting God’s word and believing promises for deliverance can seem to be an overwhelming task IF we focus only on our situation and not the capabilities of the almighty God. In reference to Abraham, the scripture says:
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,(my emphasis) when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
It is important when life’s circumstances hit you, to praise God for what He is going to do in your life. Have ever promised a child a prize or a gift and they brag about the gift long before they even have it in their hand? “My dad’s going to get me a bike”, or ” My mom said she’s going to buy me a game” ; plug-in whatever special item a child would want.. a video game, a toy, a party. You name it. The child has confidence in your word alone. Now in reality, as a parent, you may be scrambling numbers in your head and trying to figure out how you’re going to pull this off. All parents have been there. They want to get their child something that will make them happy, and they believe they can do it. So then we parents encourage them not to worry; we tell them that their desire for the latest gadget will be met …on the next paycheck. God needs no such preparations to bless us.
Just think about this scenario when you’re going through a troublesome spot in your life. Trust God enough to brag about what He’s going to do for you. You may not feel it, or see it, but that’s where faith comes in. You’ve got to believe it. It is important to trust that God is not playing games with your life. Remember this very important point. It’s not even in God’s wheelhouse to lie. That’s not even in His DNA. He cannot lie. So when the Lord tells us that He will deliver and that he will fight our battles, believe Him.
Going through life, we all will have those “come to Jesus” moments, when you wake up and realize things about people (and God is always trying to teach through our interactions with people). You may realize “wow, this person really is not in love with me” or ” I thought this person was my friend, but they’re really not” or “wow, I really have out grown this job, I need a new one” or “man, I really need to be at another church, this place is not helping me, it’s hurting me”. Most people as they go on in life have these “aha!” moments that God has been trying to show them, and then…they finally get it. God does not send you those moments to discourage you, but to help you move forward and trust Him for the next chapter. New chapters only come when we close the old one.
You look at the surrounding circumstances and think ” how is God going to give me my request?” or “I don’t have a clue how God is going to solve this problem”. You may even take steps to reach for a solution outside of the promises of God and solve the problem on your own. Abraham did. He listened to Sarah and took Hagar in his bed, and came up with Ishmael. That was not God’s designed plan at all; however, God being merciful, worked with Abraham’s mistake and still brought about a good ending. It’s funny how God did not even have Paul mention this misstep but still called out Abraham as an example of faith. What a forgiving, merciful God who knows are weaknesses!
So today, get “caught up” in God’s promises. Get “caught up” in trusting God and what He’s going to do for your circumstances. Move in the calmness and surety that God is the fixer of all problems and circumstances, and that He is always, as your heavenly father, working things out for your good.