The hard stuff can be encouraging. In fact, the hard stuff can be more encouraging then the happy stuff. That may sound crazy to you, but I've lived this truth. I'm living this truth. A while back, there was a situation my family was dealing with that God clearly told me to trust Him with. As we walked through that situation, there were many times where I was at my wits end. I cried out while I was reciting scripture back to Him, begging for insight or an answer. Something. Anything.
And He responded, each and every time. Sometimes it wasn't right then, but shortly thereafter. It wasn't an audible voice, but it was loud enough in my spirit to sound like it was. Oh the wonderful verses He gave me. Or a next step. Or reassurance that everything was okay. I knew He was there. He gave me a verse that I have since used time and time again to help me endure tough situations. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him. And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV).
“Trust in Me, not in yourself.” He says.
During hard times, which we’ll encounter until we die, this verse reminds me of a few things.
7 Simple Lessons
God loves me, in spite of my flesh sometimes being stronger than my desire to trust and obey Him.
God desires to speak to me, to us. We don’t need a bunch of other voices, just His.
God wants us to listen to and learn from Him. He is the one with all the wisdom and power, not us.
God's Word truly is living and active. When we regularly apply it to our lives, it changes things.
When we mess up (and we will), God will extend grace and it will often be marvelous and overwhelming. It’s how He begins to make the crooked path we’re on straight.
When I trust God, I am trusting the creator and sustainer of the universe. Why would I depend on anyone or anything else?
God is in control. When I follow His plan and path for me, I can rest assured, I am headed in the right direction.
These lessons encourage me. I’ll always have more growing and learning to do. That means I’ll have to further develop my relationship with God to experience that growth. He cares enough about what's going on in my life to speak His own words to my heart. And when I listen and follow, I can and will do better. I don't know about you, but I don't think encouragement in the midst of hard stuff gets much better than that.