“And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires”— 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT).
How can we hold on to our faith in God when times are difficult? Doesn’t Scripture tell us to “give thanks in all things,” trusting God for our daily needs?
Losing our job, being diagnosed with a devastating illness, or facing other life changes can leave us questioning God. How can we be thankful? How can we trust Him during these trials?
When we wrestle with our faith, remember we aren’t the first to do so, and we won’t be the last. Think Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Job, Elijah, Gideon, King David, and even Jesus. His death was pending. But, in the Garden of Gethsemane, His humanity revealed itself, and He asked His Father if there were another way. There wasn’t. Jesus won His wrestling match for us.
Promises Found in God’s Word
No matter my state of mind or emotions, my faith is always renewed when I read Scripture. The Bible is filled with promises from our Creator God.
One promise I stand on each day is Deuteronomy 31:8. “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (NIV).
When I, in all my humanity, worry about the future, this Scripture is a reminder of God’s faithfulness. I know He will never leave my side. His peace settles around me like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night.
The Peace that Passes Understanding
“When peace comes, keep following His lead.” I don’t recall where I read or heard this quote, but it is now my screensaver. To me, it’s a reminder to let go, and let God be in control.
Philippians 4:7 reminds us of that peace. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
Spending time in God’s Word daily provides reassurance about what’s happening in our lives and in this world. In John 16:33, Jesus tells His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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SOURCE: Assist News