Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? When tough times come, and they always do, we have a choice. We can choose to dwell in it and become angry or bitter. Or we can choose to look to God instead by recalling all He has done, remembering His promises and keeping hope alive.
Now both options require work on our part. Whichever we choose, our mind will be working. Words and actions will follow for good or bad. The choice is ours.
It’s terribly easy to allow our self to think “it’s all about me”. We may not ever think those exact words, but when our thoughts are all about how something affects us, we are on the path leading away from God and peace.
It’s much more difficult to discipline our self to remember “it’s all about God”. Turning our thoughts away from the problem at hand, to consider all God has promised to us takes time. We have to know His promises before we can remember them. Reading God’s Word is where we find out about His promises. Each one is like a nugget of gold we mine for in His Word. Try reading Psalms 90 – 106. There are plenty of examples on how to focus on God’s greatness during the trials of life.
Two Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV says “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Keeping our eyes on the eternal things helps us endure the temporary heartache and troubles of this life.
Remember we are children of God, adopted into His family when we accepted Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as payment for our sins. God will not abandon us. He will be with us. He is in us. So don’t let your current troubles weight you down. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Lord when we are consumed with our troubles remind us to turn to you. In you is rest and peace when we trust in you. Help us endure what we must, trusting you each moment. In Jesus’ name Amen.