Do you love Jesus, but life is hard and doesn’t make any sense right now?
Is God not answering your prayers or coming through for you the way you thought He would? Are you experiencing a season of loneliness, waiting, heartache or confusion, with no breakthrough in sight?
There are many Bible verses about faith and trust in hard times to lean on when God doesn’t come through for us the way we ask Him to, and life doesn’t make any sense. Here is some biblical encouragement for the Christian woman who struggles with how to trust God and believe that He is FOR her and NOT against her, even when everything around her says the opposite.
Choosing to Stay Faithful in the Mystery
I’ll never forget the day God told me: ‘You’ll gain clarity when you stay faithful in the mystery‘. It marked my life forever.
I was struggling with a chronic illness that continued to worsen each day, with no visible breakthrough on the horizon. Nothing made sense. Everything around me was the exact opposite of the promises He gave me.
And that’s when I realized that sometimes we just have to choose to stay faithful and keep trusting God when life doesn’t make any sense until God brings us the clarity we need in His perfect timing and His perfect way.
Since then, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to keep moving forward and trust God in the mystery. If everything around you is the opposite of what God promised you today…read on.
1. There’s a Season for Everything
Friend, there’s a season for mystery and a season for clarity. No, we won’t ever fully be rid of mystery in our lives on this side of Heaven…but when you’re walking through a season of confusion that feels never-ending, that’s just what it is – a season. And you have to remind yourself that it won’t last forever.
“He knows all, does all. He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, He provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him!” Daniel 2:21-22.
I know when you’re experiencing something painful and God doesn’t give you any clear answers, it can be tempting to think it will be this way forever. But sometimes our faith can’t be forged on a deeper level until we spend some time in the mystery…because faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we cannot see.
Meaning our faith can only grow when things in the natural don’t make sense…when everything falls apart, God doesn’t come through the way we wanted Him to and all we can do is trust that He is still good.
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still UNSEEN,” Hebrews 11:1.
2. Trust That God is FOR You
When God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we thought He would, it can be tempting to believe He’s not actually FOR us. We know in our head that God is good, but what happens when the circumstances around us say otherwise?
Friend, this is when the reality of God’s goodness moves from your head to your heart. Because when you declare that He’s good when everything around you is not, your understanding of His goodness beings to shift…and you realize He’s not just good when everything is going well, He’s good no matter what is happening.
Instead of lowering our theology to match our pain, we get to call our pain up to match our theology.
Tell your circumstances about your God. Declare what you know to be true about His nature in your head, and it will begin to make its way from your head to your heart.
3. Make His Promises Your Lifeline
Sometimes God will stop speaking to us the way we’re used to, so we’ll learn to go back to what He’s already said and hold onto those promises with all we’ve got.
God’s promises need to become our lifeline when nothing in our life is making sense. Because those promises are ours, but they don’t come to pass without a process…and that means we need to come into agreement with them when everything around us looks the opposite.
The cross had the final word. And that means all of His promises are yes, but they always require our amen – because God wants to partner with us in the process.
“For all of God’s promises find their ‘yes’ of fulfillment in Him. And as His ‘yes’ and our ‘amen’ ascend to God, we bring Him glory!’ 2 Corinthians 1:20.
God wants us to persist in believing they’ll come to pass, while He works out our miracle behind the scenes.
We need to prophesy those promises with all our hearts, mind, and soul…because we’re calling them forward every single time we do.
“Through faith’s power, they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality!” Hebrews 11:33
You may not realize it, but every promise God gives you contains both your identity and your destiny. God holds the destiny part in His hand, and you hold the identity part in yours.
And that means when you come into agreement with the promises He speaks over your life, you’re becoming the person you need to be to withstand those promises when they come.
So let’s throw out any bitterness in our lives and take hold of the promises He’s spoken over us. Make His promises your foundation…and choose to stand tall on each and every one of them!
Disappointment is not the author of your story…so don’t give it permission to be.
4. Remember That Breakthrough is a Process
Last summer I prayed and asked God why breakthrough wasn’t happening for me immediately…
But then I realized my understanding of ‘breakthrough’ was way off. I kept praying for a miracle moment, but God promised me FULL healing in body, soul, and spirit…and healing is a process.
Even though I knew my season was shifting and healing was coming, it didn’t happen immediately. And then God brought me to the story of Noah. After the storm was finally over, God’s promise of dry land was probably at the forefront of Noah’s mind daily.
We love to read this and think, ‘First the floodwaters came, then God stopped the storm and they left the ship. Everyone lived happily ever after. The end!’
But if you read a bit closer, you’ll see it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows while waiting for a breakthrough to come and dry land to emerge. Read Genesis 8:1-18 for a reminder of this.
From the time God stopped the storm and caused the floodwaters to lower, it took 417 days for the Earth to completely dry up. 417 DAYS. When God told me this would be my year of breakthrough, I got upset after not seeing results after a month…Yikes.
Imagine being Noah – he had this promise from God that His family would walk on dry land again and repopulate the earth…then all of a sudden the storm stops and he knows breakthrough must be on the horizon.
But it took another 417 days of trusting, praying, and believing that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He’ll do…because the floodwaters didn’t dry up immediately.
He had to keep stepping out in faith by sending a bird to check on the floodwater conditions, not knowing if it would bring back any evidence of breakthrough. Can you imagine sending out a raven, and then dove after dove with nothing to show for it?! I would be so tempted to give up and stop trusting God, after stepping out in faith and seeing no evidence of the promise in return.
But Noah trusted God every single step of the way…even when it felt like the storm would never end.
So if you’re starting to feel hopeless and wonder whether a breakthrough is really on the horizon or not, remind yourself that breakthrough does not just happen in a moment.
Real God-given breakthrough is a process over time – full of baby steps in the right direction that shape us and form us, tiny victories every day that show God is still working even when it feels like He’s not, and a miracle moment that seals the deal in God’s perfect timing.
It’s full of days where you thought God would move a one way, and then He moves another way. Days where you thought your healing would be further along by now, or you’d be in a committed relationship preparing for marriage by this point…or things would fall into place finally, and they just haven’t yet.
Every day you have to remind yourself that your breakthrough will not be one size fits all – because God is still moving on your behalf and doing what He said He’d do, in His perfect way.
And just like Noah, you have to remind yourself that He is carrying you to the Promised Land…even when it feels like He’s not.
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