Topic:You maintain peace and balance by abiding in Christ.
How do you maintain a sense of peace and spiritual balance when trials strike? The answer is found in an
abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. As He said on that same night to His disciples, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,.unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless
you abide in Me” (John 15:4). An unshakable peace isavailable to all who turn the eyes of their hearts to
Chances are that when adversity strikes, one of the first things you do is wonder why it is happening to you. You may ask what you have done wrong. You
may look at others who seem more “deserving” of adversity—people who openly defy God and His Word—and wonder why their lives seem so trouble
free. Your next thought may be to question what kind of impact the adversity will have on your life. You may start to despair about how it will affect your
relationships, your work, and your future.
Trusting in God requires you to settle two questions in your heart. The first question is whether you think God can help you.
Do you believe God is completely
able to intervene in your situation? Do you have confidence that the One who laid the foundations of the earth (see Genesis 1), delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt (see Exodus 14:13–31), and defeated death to save you from your sins (
Topic: When you surrender to God He sees your devotion and goes to work on your behalf.
Making such statements requires faith. It
demands complete trust in God, even when you do not understand why He has allowed circumstances to unfold a certain way.
Think of all the people in the Bible who trusted the Lord and gained a wondrous
victory: Moses, David, Esther, Jeremiah, Elijah, the disciples, and Mary, to name just a few. God wants you to have the victory as well. He knows your heart. When you are completely surrendered to Him, He sees your devotion and goes to work on your
One of God’s greatest desires is for you to learn to trust His wisdom and timing.Anytime you expect God to move a certain way, you have missed the deeper lesson He wants you to learn.
God’s desire for your life is rooted in the relationship He wants to have with You. It begins within you the moment yousay, “God, it’s not what I want that matters, but it’s who You want me to be. It’s not what I want to do, but what to do.”
Topic: When you walk in step with God, He assumes the responsibility to meet your needs.
When you are walking in step with God, He
assumes full responsibility for the answer to your needs, problems, challenges, and circumstances. But again, remember this is according to His will, His purpose, His plan, and in His timing. God may choose to answer your prayers quickly, or He may
wait for a season—and “meeting your needs” does not necessarily mean He will meet every desire you have.
He will provide for you in the right way, at the
right time, and in just the right amount you need to keep depending on Him.The Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every
city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore
pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in His harvest.
Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house’ ” (Luke 10:1–5).
Topic:God has all the wisdom, power,and ability necessary to fulfill His promises.
The value of any commitment is based on three things: (1) the ability of the promise maker to fulfill the promise, (2) the integrity of the promise maker, and (3) whether he or she has the character to follow
through on the promise. God certainly qualifies on all accounts.
He has all the wisdom, power, and ability
necessary to fulfill His promises. He also has proven His integrity. He is utterly faithful to His Word. He is holy and immutable. He is unchanging.
Topic: Make the focus of your life God and His kingdom.
Jesus taught His disciples not to worry but to “seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). This was a promise, a commitment, and a pledge of action that you can also claim.
God knows you have emotional and material needs—food, shelter, and clothing. But Jesus said the focus of your life should not be set on material products or “feel good” experiences, but on God and
His kingdom. When your will is aligned with His, you find that He meets your needs and desires.
The LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. . . . ‘At twilight
you shall eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread’ ” (Exodus 16:4, 12).
Topic:Do you believe God is able and eager to meet your needs?
Do you really believe God is able and eager to meet all of your needs? Most people would say yes. But when difficulty comes, problems arise, and sorrow strikes, it is easy to wonder where God is and how
you can trust Him.
Yet you must remember the Lord is not only capable of meeting all of your needs, but He is also able to satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.
Some may say, “I know God is capable of
meeting my needs, but will He? Doesn’t He know I’m struggling?” The Lord knows the battle that is ensuing around your life.
And while questions like these are inevitable at some point, there is a deeper
principle to learn: how to focus on your faith when you are under trial. God is committed to meeting your needs, but first He wants to know you are committed to living your life for Him.
Topic:God may use tragedy, sickness, and affliction to reveal His will.
God also uses tragedy, sickness, and affliction to reveal His will
When King Hezekiah of Judah became
prideful, God used an illness to alert him to the problem (see 2 Chronicles 32:24–25). When King Nebuchadnezzar took credit for the splendor of His kingdom, God afflicted him with madness (see Daniel 4:28–33).
And God certainly used Paul’s temporary
affliction of blindness to get his attention. While not every tragedy has such a direct cause, it is a good idea to examine your life when going through afflictions and ask if God is using them to guide you.
God knows exactly where you are in your journey of faith and precisely what it will take to get your attention. So stay alert. If any of these divine methods are occurring—or recurring—ask God what
He wants to tell you. And then listen . . . not simply to hear, but also to obey.
May the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen
Topic: God may take away material belongings to reveal His will.
Later, during the time of the judges, when
“everyone did what was right in his own eyes”
(Judges 17:6), the nation of Israel fell into a cycle of idolatry and disobedience. At one point, God responded by bringing judgment through the Midianites, who devastated the land.
“They would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for
Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey” (6:4).
Only when God took away every material belonging did the Israelites cry out to Him and repent.