When life is good, it is easy to praise and worship God. However when we are in trouble, how do we trust God to help us? As believers in Christ, we often use and hear this verse “What is impossible with man is possible with God” Luke 18:27. But how does it apply when we are facing difficult challenges and problems in life? Is it just a verse that we use conveniently to make us or others feel good. Well, I hope not. Nothing can be further than this truth that God has for us. He desires for us to trust Him even when we are going through the storms in our lives. Or maybe nothing is going right for you at this moment and you are frustrated at God. Do not lose hope! Very often God is working behind the scenes while we fret over our problems and start to blame Him. You have prayed and prayed but you get no answer from God and God is just silent. If you are in this situation, here is what you can do:
- Pray Harder – The Bible says pray without ceasing. You may have prayed a few times and you think “I have prayed enough. God has heard my prayers.” Pray until something happens!
- Believe – Take hold of God’s words and believe in your heart, mind and soul that He will do what He says He will do. God’s words never fail! Do not doubt. Just believe.
- Trust – Partner with the Holy Spirit and trust God to deliver you from whatever you are going through. He will help you and work with you to overcome your problems together. Do not go thinking I know what is best and use your limited human wisdom to solve your problems on your own. Trust God and work with Him.
Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
Last but not least, have faith in God. Without faith, you can do nothing. This draws me to the passage about the disciples who were caught in a storm. Jesus was with them but asleep. Silent. Does that sound familiar to you? You have been crying out to God and He is silent. The disciples were full of fear as the thought of possibly being drown gripped them. I wonder who planted that thought? This is when the enemy comes in to rob us of God’s peace. He creeps into our mind and start giving us horrible visuals. Has it ever happened to you? You start imagining of the worst that could happen and you start to panic? Fear does not come from God. Fear comes from the enemy, the devil himself. We can be afraid but do not allow fear to overcome you. It is alright to be afraid while still having faith, trust and believe in our God, a God of victory.
As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:23-25