through days where I thought I was the only one who had struggles. I was the
only one who had doubts and the only one who went through burdensome
But it’s not
just me. It’s all of us at one point or another. We can’t stop the trials that
come our way—it’s life. Jesus says, “In this world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 When we’re in the middle
of those struggles, it feels like we’re in a deep pit, surrounded and covered
by heavy weights of discouragement.
So how do we
live in the valley? To go further, how do we live to our full potential on the
seven things that God has taught me to do whenever these horrible situations
arise. I pray you would put them into action so you may experience the fullness
to Follow and Trust In
for whatever situations life throws at you
1. Remember, God has a plan.
beginning of eternity, God has known what would and will happen in each of our
lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for
welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
allow things to happen that are out of His will. He “works all things according
to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). Nothing slips or is a surprise to
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that
love God and are called according to His purpose.”
2. Keep a Heaven Perspective.
does a “Heaven Perspective” mean? Keeping a heaven perspective means that when
the overwhelming situations occur, you take a step back and realize that God’s
life in light of the cross. Our thoughts and actions should coincide with the
life of Christ. Would Jesus be overwhelmed or stressed if He was in your
situation? No. And neither should we.
Crown’s song “Just Be Held” says, “If your eyes are on the storm, you wonder if
I love you still. But if your eyes are on the cross, you know I always have and
I always will.”
year, I was planning on doing a devotional in front of everyone in choir. I
worried over it, but God gently said, “Just give it to Me.” I did, and the
devotional went smoother than I could have imagined! The next day, I went to
the dermatologist. Long story short, there was a high possibility that I needed
a shot in my neck. My first impulse was worry. But God said again, “Don’t you
remember yesterday? There’s no need to worry. Give it to Me.” Hesitantly, I did,
and turns out, I didn’t need that shot!
was reading a book, and while I had the head knowledge of God being in control, the book spoke directly to me saying, “My issues and my trials are nothing to
You.” They are NOTHING to our big God. Why should we worry?
4. Live as a Child of Promise.
A child of
promise holds onto God’s promises found in His Word. You can only know God’s
promises if you read the Bible regularly.
One of the
many promises that I’ve held onto is Psalm 32:8 The LORD says, “I will guide
you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over
When I don’t know what my future holds, I can trust in Him because He
promises to guide me.
write them down, do whatever it takes so that you automatically run to God’s
Word first in difficult situations.
5. Choose Thankfulness… Always.
5:4 says that you should not let filthiness or foolishness or even crude joking
come out of your mouth, but instead, let it be thankfulness. That challenged
me. As I was trying to replace unnecessary words with thankfulness, I read Psalm
50. God’s talking to us, and He’s saying that while the animal sacrifices are
good, there’s something better—thankfulness.
“But giving thanks
is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to
you the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23
it—thankfulness is our sacrifice to our totally worthy God! Daily, give Him
thanks… about everything.
6. Use it as an Opportunity to Learn a
difficult issue, God may be trying to speak to you and teach you a lesson. Slow
down, breathe, and listen. As a practice to see how God works in the big
issues, take time to see how God works in the small things. God can speak
through anything. We need to listen to His still small voice with an acceptant
7. Above All, Understand Who God Is.
Your view of
God will determine if you choose thankfulness or choose not to worry.
You can only
understand who God is by living with Him by your side and reading about Him in
time with Him, you’ll learn that He is faithful. He is our Rescuer, our
Protection, our Healer, and so much more!
that He is greater. Greater than all the pain, toils, and struggles we go
through. Know Him, and you can face any trial life sends your way.