We tend to learn more about ourselves in the difficult times than we do in other periods in our lives. When everything in life just seems to glide along effortlessly, we look like we have everything together, like we are sufficient unto ourselves. Yet, when life hurls an unexpected curve our way, our true colors are revealed.
Though exhausting, overwhelming, and even unwished-for, these times of trial are God's means for shaping and molding us. He adds pressure to our lives, and, just as a diamond undergoes intense heat and pressure before it emerges as a sparkling jewel, we must be refined.
Where do you turn when adversity comes and the walls of life begin to close in around you?
Where do you turn when adversity comes and the walls of life begin to close in around you? Do you cry out to a loved one, a friend or parent? Do you rely upon your own ingenuity? Or do you turn to the Lord, calling upon Him to rescue you in your time of need?
True champions always pray during the dark times. As they turn to God in prayer, they demonstrate their trust in the love and sovereignty of God. Life can feel relentless at times, yet nothing is impossible for God. He can pluck us from the doldrums of circumstance, placing us on the mountaintop far from the troubles nipping at our feet.
As you turn to God in the midst of trying circumstances, remember He is faithful to hear your cries and will answer your prayers. Although He may not answer in the way you expect, He will always do what is best.
Prayer: Lord, give me the faith to trust You with each and every circumstance in my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7).