We all would like a rosey, peaceful, perfect life, but it just isn’t reality. Life is full of trials, and when they come, our true heart is revealed by how we respond. Do you lash out in anger? Are you afraid? Maybe you even begin to doubt God and question His goodness? The way we respond to adversity reveals our faith and trust in the Lord. As the saying goes, “If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.”
When you look back to a troubling time, how did you respond? Can you say with boldness that your faith in God didn’t waver? Or that your love for others didn’t budge? Or your stand against sin didn’t change?
If we are honest enough to admit it, most of us would say that in one way or another our faith in God and love for others isn't what it should be. How do we ‘ready’ ourselves for troubled times?
1. Remember, God is not to blame for your troubles. God does not tempt or lead people to sin. James 1:13 - “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
2. God will sometimes allow troubles in order to test your heart and teach you something James 1:2-3 – “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
3. Always Trust in the Lord Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
When the sky falls, who am I gonna call?
The One Who put it up there in the first place!
Full-scale attack, devil on my back,
Better lace 'em up and go put on my gameface.
Our God is bigger than all our problems,
The only One Who knows how to solve 'em.
Never lose sight of God. If we trust Him in the good times, we should trust Him in the bad times too. Continually acknowledge, thank and seek Him; He has promised to never leave nor forsake us. Psalms 50:14-15 – “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
When the intentions of our heart are revealed and we realize how sinful we really are, that's when we pray and ask for help in changing our ways and for Him to see us through the storm.