The truth in my life seems to be that trusting God is an easy concept when things are running smoothly. It's very easy to see the goodness of God when I can see the goodness in my life - when my children are getting along, when the bills are paid, when my marriage seems secure.
But life doesn't always run that smoothly.
In my life there have been some pretty major issues that I've had to deal with:
*My son has special needs and struggles with various aspects of life
*Finances have been a huge problem at various times
* My marriage has gone through some severe problems.
We talk about "the hits" that life hands out. I think that's a very good way to express the way we feel when we encounter those problems, because a lot of times we aren't just dealing with earthly issues; we are struggling with a very powerful enemy who would love nothing better than to knock us down and take us out of the fight.
Trusting God has become a very real issue in my life. I've had to rethink my approach to actively trusting God because those hits from the enemy sure do hurt!
They have pushed me to a point of having to truly trust God - or not trust God.
So - just how do you trust God and yet keep standing up to the enemy?
Here are 3 ways to strengthen your trust in God and keep standing in the storms of life.
1. Quiet Time and Rest
In my life, I've had to be very intentional about spending time with God. I have time where I read my Bible, but also times where I sit quietly and listen to Him. I rest in Him.
2. Scripture Memorization
I have a few verses that I have committed to memory, specifically for when I need hope.
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. - Psalm 71:14That particular verse has given me great hope. It has also given me something to do while I wait - praise the Lord more and more. I love that the verse doesn't just instruct us to praise Him, but to praise him "more and more" - ongoing praise, greater than the amount we praised before, continuous praise.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. - Psalm 27:13-14This is another passage that has been my hope in troubled times. It encourages me to remember that God is at work, but in the time and manner which He knows is best.
3. Faith Journal
This is simply a list of the many times God has been faithful.
*That time we weren't sure if we had enough to cover the expenses for fixing the car
*When our son desperately needed help and we weren't sure which way to turn
*Provision to pay bills that loomed large
*Food on our table
*Support as our marriage endured a crisis
I often have trouble remembering God's faithfulness when I am in another storm. To combat this, I make my lists during the good times - when my vision is a little more clear.
Then when I am in a storm, feeling scared, overwhelmed, and uncertain, I have my list at hand. It's tangible. I can look at it, I can touch it, I can read it aloud. I can remind God of His faithfulness in the past, and I can be assured that He has not forgotten me in this storm.
The reality is that the enemy knows our weaknesses. He knows just what buttons to press to really get us worrying and not trusting in God. When one particular attack doesn't work, he will come back a different way.
Being prepared in my own trust journey helps me to realize an enemy attack.
Knowing that God has been faithful helps me to remember all that God has already done in my life. Looking back at a list of faithfulness over my lifetime helps me remember that I am valuable to God, my needs are so important to Him.
What are some ways that you actively trust God? How do you fortify your faith for the next storm?
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Rebekah has been completely overwhelmed by the grace and mercy of the Lord in her life. He has proven His faithfulness in every area of her life, especially in her marriage. She has come to understand the power of redemption and God's work in peoples lives. Her goal is to be Sharing Redemptions Stories “spreading the good news of God's mercy and grace to a world in need. photo source