“In this world, you are going to have troubles. But the question becomes will you suffer through it or will you trust through it?”
I want to get to the point where trusting through it is my default. Unfortunately, so many times it’s not.
Due to the forecasted storms last week, we had to reschedule an outreach event. This meant vendors and volunteers had to be rescheduled. My first reaction was “all things work together for my good.” But as the week progressed and I couldn’t see “all things working together”, worry and doubt tried to creep into my heart.
Worry and doubt are like corrupt police detectives trying to get you to flip on God.
1. Why didn’t God…
2. Where is your God…
3. Did God really promise to…
4. What are you going to do….
5. How is God going to…
Yesterday, worry and doubt began interrogating me with their accusatory questions. But I evoked my right not to answer because I am God’s daughter not His lawyer. Instead, I decided to trust while I waited on God.
What does that look like?
1. I worshipped.
2. I prayed.
3. I declared.
4. I recalled past times in my life where I have seen God’s faithfulness.
5. I focused on what I had and not what I didn’t have.
6. I ministered to others (it’s not all about me).
7. I focused on what was truly important – loving others.
And as I trusted, fear and doubt lost their voice. They were frustrated because they couldn’t get me to turn on my God, so they left.
But I know they are waiting for another opportunity to interrogate me. I know I will have to choose once again, “Will I trust or will I suffer?”
Which are you choosing today?
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. (Philippians 4:6-8 TPT)