Day 4: Trusting God During Hard Times

Written By Amy

How is life going?  Hard?  Unpredictable?  Are you in a season where you are living in the valley vs. the mountaintop?  My husband and I would definitely say the last couple years have been harder than we expected.  Jon’s company went into bankruptcy, he took a large pay cut, I went back to work, and we are still trying to figure out if we can stay living in our home on our current salaries.  I keep thinking that things will turn around, but they haven’t yet.  Jon and I check in with each other specifically on our “life future” every few months.  Our situation remains the same.  We predict, we plan, we pray, we hope…

We wait.

Here’s our next verse in Romans:

“Be patient in affliction”  Romans 12: 12

Affliction has been present to humans as long as they have walked the earth.  The Old Testament is one long story of human struggle…and God’s timing in the release.  When we are experiencing trouble, we want the release, we want to take that deep breath and say, “Glad that’s over!” But God’s timing is often not our own.  He has plans for us, but they are often plans for our character, not our logistics.  In waiting on Him, he wants us to sink our roots deep in the soil and hang on….trust.  God wants to unpry our fingers from the controlling grip we wish to have on our destiny, and learn to let him have the control. He wants to teach us patience, long-suffering, hope, contentment regardless of our circumstances.  What if they never change?  Will we be content and find joy in our days?  We can, if we keep our eyes focused on the Lord.  He will give us strength to get up each day and press on, even find peace and happiness….possibly even more than if everything was going according to our plan.

“True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings.  It comes from knowing God is in control.”  Life Application Bible p.2002

                                                                   And the peace of God

                                                           which transcends all understanding,

                                                            will guard our hearts and minds

                                                                           in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

 

 

Above all, God cares about our relationship with him.  In his loving arms we can wait.

 

 

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