A few weeks ago, my husband and I received some shattering news. It comes at a difficult time for our family and is humbling in many ways. It’s hard to keep our eyes on hope when we look at our situation—so we’ve been looking to Christ!
Trusting God in difficulty, trial and hopelessness tests our faith in so many ways. It teaches us to realize the truths we claim to believe; to lean on God like never before. But in the middle of trials, God’s presence becomes even more real. It’s possible to walk confidently into an unknown future, free from fear and worry, by trusting God for your situation. Here’s how.
1. Remember His Faithfulness
God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:10)
God’s faithfulness is the keel to our ship of faith: It keeps us upright in the water—even in a storm. Even when everything around us is uncertain, we can trust God’s unchanging love. He has promised to provide for us, to care for us and to watch over us. And if He provides for something as insignificant as a sparrow or a lily (Matthew 6), we can know He will also provide for us.
When you look at the future with fear, remind yourself of how God has been faithful in the past. This is a great reason to write out your prayer requests and God’s answers (with the date!). This provides a tangible record of how God has provided—something to look to as new challenges arise.
2. Ask for Prayer
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people… (1 Timothy 2:1)
Personal prayer is important during trial, but the prayers of others are just as vital. Surround yourself with people who approach God on your behalf. It’s hard to be vulnerable, to share struggles that are humiliating. But it is by opening ourselves up to God’s community that we find the support we need in hard times. The church is your family! Ask for prayer from your Bible study group, Christian friends and church leaders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in time of need.
3. Trust God’s Character, Not Your Circumstance
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Trials tend to shift our focus off of God and onto our situation. But when you focus on your situation, it looms far larger than it actually is—overwhelming you with impossibility. Instead of being distracted by your circumstance or putting trust in earthly change, trust God’s character. Trust the fact that He is both the beginning and the end of everything, the provider of all things good and the sustainer of those who follow Him.
This is what I’m trusting in this season. When I move my eyes off Christ, I give into fear, but when I keep them fixed on His goodness, I am not overwhelmed. God is good for His Word. He is good for His love. He is the very epitome of good.