Alex Adegboye

Alex Adegboye

Senior Pastor: Word Alive Ministries International

Trusting God in Hard Times

Worry, feeling uneasy or troubled, seems to plague multitudes of people in our world today. It’s human nature to be concerned about the bad situations in our world and in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, the devil will cause us to worry beyond what’s reasonable. Worry and worship are exact opposites, and we’d all be much happier if we learned to become worshippers instead of worriers. Worry opens the door for the devil, but worship is reverence and adoration for God that leads us into His presence. You can either focus on God through worship or focus on self through worry.

There is no profit in worrying or fretting about tomorrow today, because today requires every ounce of mental and physical energy, and tomorrow will demand the same. “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!” Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Message) “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

God is with and for His people at all times and He instructs His people not to worry and not to act like those who do not know Him. He asks His people to seek Him first, to believe in Him and to trust Him. The answers to cares are prayers. When the pressure is on, give. As long as man inhabits the earth, seedtime and harvest will never come to an end. The principle of sowing and reaping applies to all categories of life. Do what needs to be done before it needs to be done. Planning, prioritizing, preparation, persistence and prayer promises prosperity.

Surrendering to God demonstrates love, trust and faith in Him. When God sees one of His children so completely relinquishing every aspect of their life to Him, He is able to work mightily in and through the life of that believer. God cares about every detail of people’s lives, and He sees every tear that is cried. He hears every prayer that is prayed and He never forgets anyone’s name. Remember that God has no favorites. There is no such thing as luck. Those who faithfully apply the principles of the Bible in daily living live daily in God’s graciousness and goodness. He shows His favor to those who do His Word.

Not many people have lived through tragic circumstances such as Job’s, and refused to become bitter and hardened. Few people lose everything in one day. Whatever challenges one faces, the best reaction is positive action, and the best action is to turn to God, to seek His help, to go to the God of wisdom. “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:5, 7, 8)

Trusting God can become habitual. The key is to spend more time in His Word, and less time reading or listening to the news, or any media, unless it is Biblically based or uplifting and inspirational. “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you’re beyond the need of God’s grace.” Today’s hard times necessitate trusting God. It may be disastrous not to. Whatever happens, refuse to fear. Don’t panic, but first seek God’s counsel, and, if it is unclear at the time, seek the counsel of proven Christian people. Be sure to be in alignment and harmony with God. Get forgiveness. Be sure there are no ‘secret sins’ blocking answers to prayer.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” God wants His people to deliberately draw near to Him, to get closer to Him, to seek Him, and this is done primarily by getting into the Word of God. Now is the time when Christians need to read their Bibles and learn to think and believe correctly. Trusting God in hard times can certainly have its obstacles, but God’s Word encourages believers to persevere, and not to allow mental or physical weariness to prevail. Do not faint, do not lose heart, but, as Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

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