Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
These last few months have not been easy watching my parents battle with health challenges. My initial response is to fix the problem. It is not that simple. Some of the issues are beyond my ability to repair. I sought the Lord for answers. I asked God with my arms folded and head down on my knees, “Why is this happening? What am I suppose to do?”
When I spoke to my mentor, she’d reminded me of God’s promise through difficult times, “I want you to get to the point where you trust what God says.” At the time, I didn’t quite understand the message through the frustration. I tend to struggle with God in times of trouble, but He only requires us to trust Him.
My mentor’s advice reminds me of a familiar verse applicable during times of great difficulty. “Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). What does “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” mean? Acknowledge God in all of your ways by consulting His word through prayer. When we submit to God in all areas of life, we switch from feeling defeat to absolve trust. Learning to trust God for the best outcome in all our troubles. I do not possess the power to heal my parents of illness. But I can intercede on their behalf through prayer. Relying on God to provide the solution He desires.
Every experience serves a purpose for God to work within us and others. This doesn’t mean the path He chooses will be easy. Still, we can learn to trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Pray & Reflect:
Father, this is not easy. It is very challenging to see love ones suffering, especially when they do not know you. Lord, I know every experience has a reason. I cannot see it now, which is the hardest part. In times like this, I begin to stumble in my faith. I am trying to hold it together when I am tearing at the seams. I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is seek your face in the pages of the bible. Lean on your promises for strength. I can’t turn these situations around. Only You can do it. God, I place these concerns at your feet and pray for the problem to turn around. Use this situation to change hearts and minds to align with Christ. Heal the brokenhearted. In Jesus Name, Amen!
In times of difficulty, how can you draw near to God?
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