It can be so easy to trust God when things are going well. When life is smooth sailing, how hard can it be to give praise and thanks to the Lord? What happens though, when life starts to take a turn for the worst? It’s not so easy to send forth our praises, in fact, sometimes our faith begins to waver. We begin to realize just how desperate we are for the Lord to work on our behalf.
The Lord has been teaching me a lesson throughout each trial and test in my health. It seems that I have been going through the same issues with my digestive system over the past year, and for some reason, I have not been totally and completely healed. Although I’m doing much better than I was a year ago, for some reason I am still experiencing the same symptoms I was a year ago.
In as much as I would love to just snap my fingers and make these issues go away automatically, there’s something I am learning to love about going through difficulties. I know that sounds strange, but I’m starting to realize that difficulties are blessings in disguise. Although difficulties don’t align with how the world views blessing, I am starting to see what blessing truly is through my heavenly Father’s eyes. God knew that when Jesus had to suffer on the cross for our sins, it would somehow, some way, amount to extraordinary blessing. The key difference between us and Jesus Christ is that Jesus did not sin during the difficulty. Instead, He chose to wait, trust and have faith in God to reveal His plan. That’s the kind of attitude I want to have when I’m faced with a difficulty. To wait, trust and have faith in God like Jesus did.
So what can we do while we’re waiting, trusting and believing in God to help us during our difficulty? We can actively seek Him by praying, reading His Word and speaking truth over the lies that the enemy seems to toss at us. I often wonder why Satan tries to attack me during a difficult season. Maybe it’s because he knows that any hardship is an opportunity to grow closer to God, which the enemy is afraid of. We have to remember that potential growth in the Lord is a threat to the enemy, which is why he tries to throw us off course and tempt us to disobey God.
The enemy, however, is not that powerful.
I’m waiting on the Lord to do miracles in my life. I’m trusting that He will take me from point A to point B, no matter what the cost may be. I’m believing that He is going to redeem, restore and heal those days I’ve “wasted” on trivial matters. I’m hoping and resting in His promises because they are enough.
My beautiful friend, Shauna, sent me this song the other day after I told her about my struggle. It’s called “Confidence”, give it a listen and be encouraged!
Shauna is a one-of-a-kind friend with a reverent heart for God. She is always on the lookout to help someone in need and to provide some kind of encouragement. She chooses to spend her time and energy on people, rather than her money. I think this is because the Lord has blessed her with the gift of loving people through her words and actions rather than with material possessions.
Thank You, Lord, for blessing me with difficulty. I will choose to trust You in this hard season.