I’ve always heard that the only thing guaranteed in life is change, and we all know that to be true. But that doesn’t make dealing with unwanted or difficult changes or new seasons of life any less trying.
Ps 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
When we dwell on God’s faithfulness and let it nourish our hearts, our faith and trust in Him grows. When we focus on doing good things, our thoughts won’t stay parked on the changes we don’t like. Instead of allowing our minds to wish things were like they used to be or feeling discouraged or upset over a hard season of life, we can place our trust in Him and live with peace and joy, not stress and distress.
Ps 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Being delighted with God means our hearts find peace and fulfillment in Him, regardless of our season of life or the changes we’re facing. When we look back to see how He has been faithful and trustworthy in the past, which delights us, we can better trust He will be faithful now and in the future, too.
God has divinely allowed every season of our life with His sovereign wisdom, and those seasons may include some type of hard change. We can fight change, or we can trust God has a plan and purpose for it and allow our trust in His faithfulness to be the foundation for joyful living. If you change the way you think about change, the way you’re looking at that change just might change.
Although you may be suffering right now, it’s only temporary. God, who is infinitely wise and skilled, knows just how to care for you. Trust that he is shaping you into someone beautiful, honorable, and good—able to reflect his glory.
When all seems hopeless and lost. Go deep into your heart. That strength you didn’t think you had, or don’t feel like you have, get ahold of it and with all that is within you, hold on to it and when you feel weak, use that strength to do all that you can do and trust God.
When your world seems to crash down on you. It feels like grains of sand slipping through your hands. When all you see before you is pain and darkness, hopeless. Deep within us God has placed a strength and hope in us, that he has a plan. It may not be our way right now, but he uses painful situations to make us a masterpiece. So many times we pray, “Lord, I want to be on the potter’s will, make me into what you would have me to be.” Sometimes being on the potter’s will is painful. Can we endure the process? Can we truthful say, not my will be yours God? Can we set aside our desires & flesh, so that God can make a beautiful work of art on the potters will? Can we endure being on the potters will when it gets hard and life gets unfair? When the pain is real and its hard to trust God. When God says, no, or wait, what will you do? No one likes to hear those words, but what is God’s plan on the other side of those words? What bigger things does he have in store? If we truly want to be what God wants us to be we will endure the process of being on the potters will. How long we stay there is up to us. We can let God mold us, or we can say wait God, “I am not ready yet.” When the pressure is applied, we can fight back or we can pray and trust God during the pressure, the pushing and pulling.
Life is not fair, things can go wrong when you thought they were going right. Life is not promised to us tomorrow. We make the best of each day. We aren’t made or put on this earth to please people, only God. That is who I aim to please. Life is not all about us, but others as well. Life will be a test every day, changes happen everyday. With life brings pain, heartache, storms and rain, but everyday we have a choice to pray. Some days life can be hard to push through. It will bring hard blows, but there will be days God will give us a push and a shove. Some days we don’t want to push through. We would rather isolate ourselves and roll around in our pain. Yes, that seems like the easiest thing to do, feel sorry for ourselves. Wish life was different, wish God would not ask certain things of us or allow certain things to happen. We can’t hid the pain, we can’t run from it, its there and it won’t leave, but there is a God that knows and sees that pain. He will use it and help us push through the pain. You lost your smile, your dreams, your hope, everything, but God will return it and restore you with even greater than you thought. He sees all things, and he will help push us through if we only ask. We don’t like pain, but pain is for our good sometimes. Pain pushes us to grow, pushes us to dig a little deeper in prayer, because we know we need him. Who like and enjoys pain? No one. The pain won’t last forever, we can choose to find our inner strength and trust the Creator. One breath at a time, one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other. You will find after a few steps, that you can start stepping a little easier and a little better. You will stumble or get out of breath at times, you stop take a few moments to rest, lean on the Lord. Let him carry you and then start stepping again.
Our life is in God’s hands and we must trust him. He did not say it would be easy, but it would be worth it. Trusting God is not always easy, but we know it is the best thing we can do and it is the right thing to do. If we want life our way, then do it our way. If we want life God’s way and what he has then do your best to trust him even when you can’t find the strength to, even when its hard and you don’t understand. Trust him when its to difficult. Pray, he will help us to trust him. He is God, not a thing he misses or gets by him. He knows the pain, he knows the struggle. He even knows we have a hard time trusting him at times, when life is the hardest. We must pray.
What can God do if we trust him? We can’t see the big picture, but God can.
Ps 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass
Lord, change is hard. I don’t always ask for it, much less like it. Please help me focus on Your past faithfulness so I can strengthen my trust in You for future faithfulness and embrace whatever lies ahead — changes and all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.