Trusting God through Trials
As we talk about going through trials in this life, we are going to hear something along the lines of, “You have to trust God, even if you don’t understand.” God being the omniscient Creator of all things is going to offer a deeper comprehension of the purpose for our trials in life. God does not necessarily cause these trials, Satan and humanity's free will create much distress. But God having the foreknowledge of why we need to go through these trials is not always going to stop them, and that is where the trust comes in.
Trusting God is not about understanding the trial you are facing or having such a confidence that you feel you can recklessly take on anything. Rather, trusting God is about willingly facing the trial in front of you because you understand that trials bring focus and glory to God. And because God is good, the purpose for the trial must also be good. Jesus’s flesh was weak due to the daunting trial on the cross he had to face. But Jesus prayed at Gethsemane for strength because He trusted God more than His flesh. It is because of that willingness to trust God in all circumstances that led to mankind being saved. By following Jesus’s example of completely trusting God, you will gain a hope and inner peace that can conquer any trial. Not only will this help you grow as a person emotionally but also grow with God. It will help you to abide in Him, rely on Him, and discern His word.
When trusting God, it is important for us to realize that any good that comes as a result of our trials is not because of anything we did, do, or will do. Everything that is good comes from Him. God is in complete control and that is why it is okay that we don’t understand and have down feelings and moments. The choice we have is how we are going to act in response. Our loved ones and others are going to be watching us, and we need to think of the kind of lesson we want them to learn from us. Are they going to learn about an abundant love and hope that comes with abiding in God? Or are they going to see us trust in ourselves and our accomplishments while holding others in contempt?
Don’t just hope for a better world. Rather, be the change that is needed to make the world better by leaning on God and Christ.
Inspired by: Matthew 26:36-44, Isaiah 43:1-2, Luke 18:9, Romans 15:13, Psalm 56, Psalm 20:7, Proverbs 3:5-6, Habakkuk 2:18-20