When your circumstances are dire and the wait for God to move seems unbearable, how do you remain steadfast and trust Him, knowing that God is able?
Trusting God in the midst of difficult circumstances
It seemed impossible to me. We searched for answers, but in our humanness, we found none. Doubt and despair tempted us.
Some had shared that if they were in our shoes, they would probably curl up in a ball and pull the covers over their head. I never saw what good that would do. I have much more of a take-charge kind of personality. The problem was, there wasn’t anything I could do other than depend on Him to intervene.
My prayers were anything but elegant or eloquent. In desperation, my prayer alternated with my tears as I cried out, “Lord, please…please do something now. We need help. I know your ways are higher than our ways, and we trust you Lord, but we need your help, NOW.”
The valley that we walked in threatened to engulf us, just as the Red Sea swallowed up the Egyptians when they attempted to follow the Israelites across the once dry land God had provided.
Sometimes the wait for God to move feels unbearable. For us type-A personalities, we have to fight against trying to help God out. It tested me on several levels, but it also taught me several things.
Trusting and Believing God is Able
There is nothing He can’t do. And despite my feelings, the truth is that when I am broken-hearted and it seems impossible to me, with no way out, He is able and He can do anything.
Unlike people who will let you down, God remains faithful. He can tame the raging sea within my heart, and move the highest mountain of my circumstances. He can do anything.
Despite my difficult circumstances, I learned:
- God was there in the middle of my trial.
- The greatest sacrifice I could give was to sing my praises, and surrender what I thought I wanted, in favor of what God deemed best.
- In truth, whatever God decides to do will be better than I could have planned, asked for, or imagined.
- Waiting on the Lord is not passive—it’s an act of moving forward.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is lay our feelings down in favor of trusting God’s promises:
He promises to never leave us, nor forsake us.
He promises that we will never be alone.
He promises to work all things together for our good.
He promises that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
He promises that what the enemy intended to harm us, He will use for good.
He promises that those who trust in the Lord will not be disappointed.
He has a plan for us, and it is GOOD!
Regardless of our need, God is able!
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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