Dear Precious Friends,
On this Thankful Thursday I pray we are waking up to a new day remembering the gift it is and the truth of God's word to carry us no matter what we face.
He reminds us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me." John 14:1
As we go through difficult times, we are often tempted to let our circumstances determine our attitude. It's part of our humanness and it's easy when things are going great to feel great, however, when things are difficult, our feelings dictate our mood. I pray we can remember the truth of God's word so we can allow God's power to take our weakness so we can live by our faith. Jesus is not saying we should ignore or minimize our troubles, but too often as believers we let circumstances determine our attitude. If life is going smoothly, we feel good. When life gets difficult, our mood drops. The good news is, we don’t have to live this way. We have to make a choice and learn to allow God’s power to come into our weakness so we can accept and adapt to changing circumstances. When we respond to life with that kind of thinking, we move beyond living by feelings to living by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). I love how Jesus lived what He taught. If there was ever a person who exemplified not being troubled and trusting God the Father, it was Jesus.
Even during His darkest hour, when He fell to the ground, overwhelmed at the thought of the crucifixion, Jesus trusted God. He asked God the Father to cancel the task but then qualified His request with, “Nevertheless let Your will be done.”
So the first thing we must do is we must surrender our will to God’s: In every situation, we are to yield what we want and then accept whatever He allows. Our desire to control things must be replaced by reliance on the Lord. This option becomes more appealing when we realize that the alternative—fighting against our circumstances—brings anxiety and distress.
We are called to trust God to oversee our specific situation. If we believe He is working out His perfect plan and will for us, then we will experience the joy that comes from trusting Him.
May we let these simple words of Jesus bring us comfort and peace when life gets hard. "Trust in God; trust also in me". That is what’s needed. That is what brings hope to a troubled heart. Trust the One who holds your future. Trouble does not have the final word. Trust Jesus, who has given His life to secure for us an eternal home and who offers hope for our troubled hearts today.
Now that my friends is reason to say AMEN!
Source: God's word, Holy Spirit, Daily Devo.