I don’t know about you, but my life isn’t perfect. Am I the only one? You may have a relationship with God, but being a Christian doesn’t mean life is going to be perfect.
How do we still trust God when life isn’t going well?
It’s called faith!
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Trusting God Requires Faith
Faith is believing in things that you can’t see, and the Bible is full of references to faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –Hebrews 11:1
Faith is believing God, no matter what our circumstances are. Believe me when I say, no one sails through life. Sometimes, people make it look like they have no issues or difficulties, but I don’t believe it!
Trusting God Requires Change
When we give our lives to Jesus, God begins a deeper work in us. We begin to want to be more like Jesus. Most of the time, we start asking God to make us more like him and to make us better people. At least for me, I saw more of my issues after giving my life to Christ.
I don’t want to dishearten you – keep reading!
Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts. -Proverbs 17:3
Just like a furnace purifies gold, so troubles purify us. Struggles in life can make us stronger and can develop deeper character.
In the Bible, God is sometimes referred to as a potter, as if He shapes each of us as His pot. He uses the circumstances of our life to do that. We want life to be easy, but God is preparing us to live in His presence forever and ever! He’s preparing us for life in this world, and also for life with Him in heaven.
Trusting God Requires Seeing the Big Picture
Faith means believing that, while messy circumstances are going on in our lives, God is still in control.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28
Read the above Bible verse again: God works all things together for the good for those who love Him! It doesn’t say that we will like each individual circumstance in our life. But, it does say that when all things in our lives come together, it will be for good.
In the middle of all the dynamics of our lives, we have to trust that God is at work. After we get through life and look back, we will be able to see that He has been caring for us, loving us, developing us, and forming us, no matter what we’ve been through.
He loves us! He knows what’s best for us. Just as parents help guide and shape their children – and sometimes children don’t appreciate it – God is shaping us for our good and for His glory.
So look up! It’s all for our good.
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