The human heart naturally gravitates toward fear, anxiety, and worry when we cannot resolve our challenges. Although we verbalize that we fully trust in God, prolonged adversity can leave us with doubt. We become uneasy and focus on our circumstances. Even David, who killed bears, lions, and the giant, Goliath was honest when he expressed his fears, Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3. God is aware that our hearts are fragile and that we would cave into the hardships of life.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 16:33 AMP
Diligent study of the Bible provides us with the knowledge of who God is and allows us to become familiar with humanity’s victories and defeats. Having a personal relationship with God is the only way to trust in Him when faced with tribulations.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17.
We do not have to be a prophet for God to hear and answer our prayers. The theme of the Bible is the love of God. His love is endless for those that He created from the dust of the ground. We belong to God, and oh how He loves you and me. When we humble ourselves and pray, through His Divine intervention, God unleashes His power. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24
God is asking us, “Do you trust me?” The key to possessing total trust in God: And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5. It is our love for God that produces faith–believing that if God said it, then He will do it.
We were created to depend on God. Children run to their parents when they are afraid.
Jesus invited a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4
“Do you trust me?” Changing our mindset to become like children allows us to answer God’s question with a resounding “Yes, God, I trust you!”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.
Bible Study: 2 Kings 6
Heavenly Father, we admit that we have relied too much on ourselves. We ask forgiveness for overconfidence in our ability to solve challenges. We are feeling weary and pray for your Divine intervention. Thank you for reminding us that you are always here for us. As we honor you on this Sabbath day, we pray for the blessings of peace and joy. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2021, No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial purposes without the author’s written permission.