Putting our trust in others and God can be challenging. I struggle with it sometimes myself. There is a lot in life to worry about.
- Health (Global Pandemic)
- Racial Tension
- Political Division
- The Future
Anxiety affects all of us. It doesn’t discriminate in any way. If you’re alive and breathing, chances are you are susceptible to it. According to one news headline, “Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we’ll face in 2021.” Anxiety is nothing new, but it certainly has intensified over the last year or so. We are facing a lot more uncertainty today than in previous years. It can leave all of us, even Christians, with more questions than answers.
Where is God in all this? How do I trust in a God that I can’t see or hear? What if you’re not hearing God’s voice or seeing any results from your prayers? Cliché’ answers don’t cut it sometimes, especially for those who don’t believe in God at all.
In my experience, quick fixes are rare. Answers and solutions are usually found over time. Sometimes, it takes a while and we have to take the slow path. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say something like this:
- “God’s timing is not our timing.”
- “Life is not a sprint. It’s a marathon.”
There is a lot of truth in those statements, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you are experiencing a very difficult season in life.
I’ve shared before that I was laid off in 2017. I had been in ministry for 30+ years. It was the first time in my adult life that I was unemployed. It was one of the most difficult times in my life. My faith was definitely tested, but with the Lord’s help I was able to endure.
There’s no denying we’re in a season of conflict and chaos—but the noise in our news feed doesn’t have to pollute our souls. We can find peace and hope. We can trust in the One who holds the future in His hands.
For the next four weeks, I will be sharing a series called “In God We Trust” through my usual weekly devotionals. I am hoping to begin an online Bible study for adults via ZOOM in February. See information in Ad below.
Weekly Bible Verses and Questions to think about this week:
Read Luke 5:1-11; Proverbs 3:5-6; and Psalm 1:27
- Do you think a lot about what might happen in the future, or do you tend to stay in the present moment?
- When you do worry, what do you tend to worry about the most?
- Why is it so difficult to surrender those worries to God?
- Have you ever obeyed God, even though you didn’t understand what He was doing? What was that like? What did you learn from that experience?
- What are some things that you have a hard time letting go of?
- What is something you need to let go of so you can cling to God and His promises?
- How can you obey God and surrender what you can’t control this week?
For additional study go to www.go2.lc/trust for the “In God We Trust” Bible Plan using the Bible App.
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