“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word...It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” -Psalm 119:67&71
In the trials, turn to Him - not to your own strength. In uncertainty, turn to Him - not anxiety. King David grew to understand the importance of trials in his walk with God. He realized that it was through his afflictions He drew near to the heart of God. When he was afraid, he would rely on the promises of God. When he grieved his sin, he looked to the God of grace and mercy. It is in times of uncertainty and fear that we must turn our gaze to the One who knows all things.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4
Joy. Testing. Growth. Strength. At the end of me...I find Him. It is here, in Him, that I find life, hope and freedom.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” -Proverbs 3:5-8
Trust Him in the midst of chaos.
Hope in Him when all seems lost.
Have faith in His ways when the ways of this world bring fear and panic.
Rest in Him when all you want to do is worry.
Take captive your thoughts as they wander and stray from the truth.
Be thankful. Think about these things. List them. Keep them in the forefront of your mind.
Get in the word. Let His truth sink in. Combat the lies and allow His wisdom to guide you.
Crank up the worship music.
Get some fresh air or exercise.
Enjoy who you’re stuck with the next few weeks.
and … PRAY! (the president ordered us to - wink -) And if you don’t know what to pray, He’s got you covered!
“...the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” -Romans 8:26