“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 NIV
Out of all the experiences I’ve had in my life, the ones that have brought me closest to Christ are the seasons that consisted of suffering. The darkest days have pointed me to the glory and goodness of God in ways I never would have known otherwise. Although I am thankful for trials, I will admit I foolishly stumbled through many, if not all of them. There were times I would cry out in anger at God and wonder where He was in the midst of my pain. There were times when doubt would creep into my mind and cause me to question if my faith was legitimate…or worse, question whether or not God’s faithfulness to me would prevail. Even so, God still lovingly took me through the stormy seasons of life, and more often than not, drawing me to repentance. I know following Christ means there will always be trials and tribulations, but it is up to me to decide if I surrender my trust to Him or recklessly depend upon my own saving (which always ends badly).
Sisters, whenever we experience hardships we must throw ourselves unto Christ and relentlessly pursue Him and the truths of the Gospel. Charles Spurgeon once said, “If you can’t see His way past the tears, trust His heart.” This couldn’t be more encouraging. When our minds are congested with hurt and our vision is clouded by sufferings, we can remain hopeful through faith in trusting God. Although the pain is not always guaranteed to subside, we must take great comfort in knowing our God is always drawing near to us—He is passionately pursuing us amid our troubles. Humbly, we can draw near to the King who gives us everlasting joy in temporary hardships.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for today and for the difficult things I experience in this life. I know that You are using all things for my good and Your glory. Help me to remain dependent upon Your truths and trust in You always. Give me strength to persevere and a heart that is thankful in all circumstances. Amen.
Are you prone to forget the faithfulness of God in the difficulties you are facing? Memorize Psalm 9:10 and use Scripture as a defense against your doubtfulness, while making a conscious choice to trust in God with every aspect of your life. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.