Today, I needed God a little more than I normally do. I always need God, but I went through some things today that made me realize that, with God, I can endure and overcome anything. When I feel hopeless and helpless, God reminds me that – with Him – all things are possible. When I say to God, “I just can’t do this on my own,” he is there to supply my every need. Philippians 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Do you trust in God with all your heart and with your very being? When I try to lean on my own understanding, I usually (always) fail. Trusting in God is sometimes difficult because we think that we can figure a better way out of our predicament. In times like these, we usually learn the difficult lesson that we should place our faith and trust in God, first and foremost. Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Life brings so many worries and concerns to our doorsteps; it seems, on a daily basis. As believers we are not promised a life free from the problems and anxieties of life. We are promised however, that we can take all of our worries and our concerns to God. He will ease our burdens and teach us to release our anxieties and troubles over to Him. 1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Psalm 55:22: Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
When faced with disappointment and troubles, we can turn to this world for answers and comfort, or, we can call upon God. The Bible tells us that we can approach God’s throne of grace confidently and we will be given mercy and grace to help us in our time of despair and uncertainty. Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 13:6: So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
As believers and followers of Christ, we are to rejoice in the Lord, in good times and especially in difficult times. Paul tells the Philippians to “rejoice always.” Not when you feel like it or only when things in life are going your way – but rather “always.” God is pleased when we thank Him even in the midst of trials. If we give thanks to God in all situations and we pray to God in good times and bad times, He will give us a peace that our human minds cannot begin to comprehend. Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.