“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” Matthew 6:31-32
I have been seriously talking to God through prayer. Mainly, I am praying for the forgiveness of being faithless. Yes, I truly love God. But the concerns (anxieties) that I have during the stormy trials that I face, places me in the same dilemma as unbelievers. Because God loves me, He is doing what is necessary to redirect my focus from my meager abilities to His awesome love and power. It is time for a surge in my spiritual growth. God is taking me from being faint-hearted to becoming faithful and fearless through Him.
When we take into our hands the management of things we have to do and depend upon our wisdom for success, we are taking a burden that God has not given us and are trying to bear it without His aid. We are taking upon ourselves the responsibility that belongs to God and putting ourselves in His place. We may well have anxiety and anticipate danger and loss, for it is certain to befall us. But when we really believe that God loves us and means to do us good, we shall cease to worry about the future. We shall trust God as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our troubles and torments will disappear, for our will is swallowed up in the will of God. Ellen G. White
Why is it so hard to trust in God? Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26. For our faith to grow, we have to give up the sinful desire to be in control. God does not require our help, He requires our faith. Often, we misunderstand the purpose of the hard times that seem to go on forever. It takes trials to build our faith and trust in the Most-High God. Every day we must proclaim God’s unlimited love, power, grace, and mercies. As a result, we lose all fear, anxieties, and worries. It is then that we can live a faith-based life in every circumstance. As happy and joyful as we are in the good times, we can possess that same inner peace and joy through the stormy trials if we just believe that nothing is too hard for God.
Bible Study: Jeremiah 32
God, we ask forgiveness for our lack of faith. Thank you for providing the stormy trials that are necessary to build our faith and trust in you. We relinquish our will and desire to be in control. Heavenly Father, we love you and will continue to serve you despite our circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
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