Trusting God Always
Posted by Nawal Habib
It is pretty common for people to get stressed out regarding their jobs, school, etc., especially around this time of year with lots of finals and exams coming up. Often times, when people get stressed out or have several problems and issues in their life all at once, they get overwhelmed and decide to shut God out. The increase in responsibility can lead people to become more self-reliant rather than reliant on God. It’s important that we recognize that God gives us the strength and the ability to navigate through our current situations and be successful.
A great example of how we should trust in God is the story of Joseph. Joseph went through so many trying times but he always had faith that God would carry him through. The extreme things that happened in his life, such as being betrayed by his brothers, sold in to slavery, thrown into prison, and becoming the subject of gossip and hatred. Although many things were thrown at Joseph to try to deter him from living for the Lord, he remained faithful and kept on going, depending on God every step of the way. Eventually, Joseph was given the gift of being to interpret dreams. Through this, God told Joseph that his power would be restored and he would have the ability to become a great leader.
Word of Joseph’s wisdom began to spread and Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of Egypt. He made very good decisions and decided to stockpile on grain in order to avoid famine. Eventually, his brothers came to Egypt and he forgave them all. Joseph ended up saving the 12 tribes of Israel and living our God’s plan for his life. The fact that Joseph was able to trust God through any and all difficulties is very important. Not only does it serve as a good example to us regarding how faith in God always leads to a positive outcome, but it foreshadows Christ and the character He showed us.
Jesus also showed us how to trust in the Lord. Jesus prayed very consistently, and trusted that the Holy Spirit would guide Him into making the best possible choices. Jesus even stated “I can of my own self do nothing,” which not only further illustrated the reality of the Trinity, but served to show us how trusting in the Lord for everything is of absolute importance. It is absolutely critical that we follow in His example, and admit that we cannot succeed on our own, but rather we need to rely on God for guidance and wisdom.
It’s amazing that God gives us so many examples and encouraging stories about how faith can carry us through. It just goes to show that the Lord never asks us to do anything for arbitrary reasons, but rather for our good. God never requires faith without first giving us a foundation for it. No matter what is going on right now in your life, regardless of what is stressing you out, how busy or overwhelmed you are, take the time to pray to God and Him to give you the faith of Jesus and the ability to follow the examples given to us in scripture. We can be encouraged knowing that God keeps every promise He makes, and will never allow us to go through more than we can handle. God is so invested in your well-being that He was willing to suffer death and its consequences so that you wouldn’t have to, and that’s the type of God we can certainly trust in at all times.
What Bible verses encourage you during troubled times? Share in a comment below.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:20 NLT)
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. (John 5:30 NKJV)
Posted on December 10, 2014, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged always, Bible, Christian, consistent, depending, dreams, Example, Faith, follow, God, Jesus, Joseph, leadership, perfect, Prayer, relying, scripture, sda, Seventh-Day Adventist, Spirit, stress, success, the faith of jesus, troubles, trust, will, worries. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.