When life’s storms come out of left field, we are presented with two choices of how to handle it—trust God, or don’t.
Trusting God is the best choice, but also the hardest one. It requires us to let go of control, even as circumstances spiral into mayhem. When we don’t understand why we’re experiencing trials or know what brought about the hard time, turning to God is the most faith-filled and strongest decision you can make.
It doesn’t feel good to let go of control. We don’t have any control in the first place, though it sometimes feels like we should. Admitting we have no say in what happens is nothing short of admitting the truth, and allowing God to get to work in our lives.
God knows how difficult it is for us to relinquish control to him. He knows what it is to be afraid of walking into the storm (he took on crucifixion, after all). But he gives us a lot of encouragement through the Bible to help us along.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We may not know what we’re going through or why bad things happen to us, but God is sovereign and brings purpose through the pain. As we put our trust in God, he proves to us that he’s worthy of our trust. He loves us with a perfect love, and we can be assured that whatever happens will be for our good and his glory.
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
It’s a big step to trust God. He doesn’t promise that trusting in him will suddenly make us understand what we’re going through. He doesn’t promise that it will get easier, but he does promise that our paths will straighten. We are assured that there will be led out of the hard times, and that’s really all we need to know.
We don’t have to understand, and we often won’t; sometimes it will take us years to see the purpose in the storms we’ve walked through. The true value comes through the act of trusting God, because casting our lot with God will bring about the most good in our lives. Trusting God is what changes us, and changes us for the better. It makes us stronger, more faithful, and gives us the opportunity to walk through our lives with joy.
Listen below or above to Pastor Caleb’s message from Sunday