Sometimes I struggle with trust. Definitely with trusting people, but also with trusting God at times. I get caught up in everyday life, dealing with the situations that arise.
That’s the responsible thing to do, right? In our roles as wives, mothers, grandmothers, employees, or volunteers, we’re expected to take action when things go awry. And we should. But we don’t have to do it alone.
When I handle things on my own, it causes me a lot more stress and worry than it needs to. Talk about making already difficult situations even worse! But when I bring them before the Lord, He removes the burdens from my shoulders. Jesus wants to free me – and you – from worry and stress.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” Psalm 55:22
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7
It speaks volumes to me that even flowers are significant to our Lord (Matthew 6:24-34). He delicately tends to them and causes them to flourish. And we, who were made in His image, receive His tender touch on a whole other level!
In Exodus 15:26, God shows us another facet of His character through His name, Jehovah Rophe, which means the Lord our healer. He had just sent the ten plagues to afflict the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape Pharaoh’s men. He promised His chosen people that if they obeyed Him, He would protect them from the diseases He sent to the Egyptians because “I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
In the Bible, God heals more than just our physical maladies. He calms our emotions, causes good to result from difficult situations, and replaces the lies we believe about ourselves with the truth. And most important of all, He heals our spiritual brokenness. It may be His will to heal us in different ways than we expect, but He promises to never leave us and to give us the strength we need to persevere.
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
It all comes back to trust. If I trust God with my problems, then He can heal my stress and substitute it with joy and peace. He makes all things good. He sets all things right. I may not always understand His timing or His plan, but I know that He works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Reflect on your walk with God. How has He healed you in times of crisis? Do you have any advice or Scripture for those who struggle with trusting Him through life’s storms? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Family Radio Staff