You know when you’re in the thick of it—facing tough financial circumstances, or maybe a problem with work or a relationship, or a health issue or an addiction? You know that “I just don’t know what to do” feeling? Most of us do, maybe all of us. The thing is, though, we actually do know—we know exactly what to do. It’s just hard, in those moments, to remember . . . and to trust.
But we must remember and trust our Father God. He sees and he knows . . . and sometimes he allows. We mustn't be “surprised at the fiery ordeal,” therefore, “as though some strange thing were happening” (1 Peter 4:12). Though, when he allows hardship it’s always for good—even if that’s not, at first, very obvious (James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:1-11; Romans 8:28).
And we must remember and trust our King, Jesus Christ. He is truth. He teaches us what to do in any ordeal. He knows like no other. “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18).
And we must remember and trust our God the Holy Spirit. He’s always with us . . . in every moment (John 14:16). And he can help and strengthen us, whatever the hardship. The “Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead” exists within us, and can certainly bring new life to our circumstances too (Romans 8:11).
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