God promises to walk with us through difficulties. That means we are never alone!
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8, NIV
God can handle it.
Pause and breathe that in for a moment: God can handle it.
What tough situation are you facing? Maybe it’s a job loss or a difficult boss. Maybe it’s a financial difficulty. Perhaps it’s a spouse who just won’t do the right thing, or a child who isn’t acting the way you taught him. Sometimes we hold onto people and situations so tightly, wanting to maintain control, even when it clearly isn’t working. Yet we mustn’t allow our busy-ness to obscure a much more important question: Am I trusting God in this situation? Or do I only trust myself?
We must remember who we are — and who we belong to. The Lord promises that we’ll never face difficulties alone because He is with us. He invites us to trust Him because He, personally, will perfect that which concerns us. That’s good news, because He has resources we cannot even imagine.
So we don’t abandon our responsibilities or quit working to solve the problem. But we do spend time with the Lord first, and we rely on His good intentions towards us. Then we listen to the voice of His Spirit, through Scripture, through wise counsel, and in our hearts. We do what He says. We do our best. We give Him permission to make changes— in us as well as in the situation! Then we rest. We don’t have to know all the answers; we’re relying on Him to take care of us. (Psalm 138:8, Psalm 46:10)
What things are you trying to figure out on your own? “Come!” Father is saying. “Keep company with Me. Will you let Me handle it?”
Who knows? It might be the first step towards the greatest adventure of your life!
Father, thank You for promising to take care of me! Listening to You and trusting You are so much better than relying on my own abilities. Teach me how to do that.
Nothing that’s happening in my life is a surprise to You. I’m turning to You and asking, ‘Will You take care of me?’ Help me to be at peace, knowing Your answer is a resounding, “Yes!”