Learning to Trust: Trusting God Through the Good and the Bad

Monday, June 11, 2018

Recently I've been learning to trust God through the good and the bad.


Both are a reality of life. We will have good seasons and we will have bad seasons. It's just a fact. But isn't it so much better when we leave all of it to God, not just the good parts? We try to control the situation because we think we know what will make it better. 

But God's not impressed. He's not impressed with our ways of dealing with things.

But when we yield to what the Lord has in store for us; when we allow Him to heal our hearts and bring us through those difficult times and those good times; we're free to experience a joy that is so much more full and wonderful than it ever was before. 

What makes us different from the way the world is, is that we have the ability to worship and be joyful and peaceful - not just during the good times, but during the bad times too. It's like what Jesus said in Matthew 5 when He was talking about us loving our enemies:
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?" (Matthew 5:46 kjv)
Jesus was calling His followers to be different from the world. We think, that because we're loving our circle of friends, we're pretty happy when things go our way, and we're not committing any "gigantic" sins, that we're doing good.

But God is calling us to a much higher standard than that.

God gives us the ability to have peace through a trial, and even be joyful while going through something hard, because it's a way for us to stand out. The world doesn't have peace and joy when they have to deal with the things that don't go their way.

Nowadays it seems like there's so many Christians who have conformed to the world, that the world doesn't even notice them. But that's not how God called us to live. We should be different from those around us, because we have the Spirit of God inside of us.

An unbeliever looks at a trial as undesirable and painful. That's all.

A Christian should see it in a different light. Yes it may feel undesirable and be painful, but God can help us to see past the here and now, and help us to realize that He will use every single thing in our lives for His glory if we let Him.

We don't see the answers to each "why?" question, but maybe that's not the question we should be asking. Instead of "why me?" we should be asking "what can I learn?"

It truly takes our full yielding to the Spirit in order for us to be able to say with Paul:
"for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Philippians 4:11 kjv) 

 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 kjv)

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5 comments:

  1. This is SO good, Ashley! Your posts are always so encouraging, and I love reading them! <3 (Even though I don't comment often at all, I still do read and enjoy them!)

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    1. Thank you, Livi! I'm so glad you enjoy them <3 thanks for reading too, you guys mean the world to me :)

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