Some days we feel as though life is so overwhelming. We don’t know where to turn to or who turn to. When your life feels hectic or out of control, it can be very difficult to turn to God for peace. Sometimes people may find more peace in venting about their lives than in putting their full trust in God. Then after a while, it may dawn on them that they could have been praying about the situation bothering them instead of venting about it.
Here is another way to look at struggles in life as a Christian: Look at what Jesus went through on Psalm Sunday. Everyone was shouting “hosanna to the son of David”. Then five days later those same people were shouting for him to be crucified. Those two contrasts can signal two things: Jesus went through very hard times and never gave up. He went through God telling Him that He was coming down to Earth. He obeyed His Father by coming down to Earth to help everyone be saved. He proclaimed His Father’s glory and brought people to believe in God and in the promise of Heaven. The second aspect to look at is this: What you are going through right now in your life is nothing compared to what Jesus went through in dying for your sins on the cross. A year from now, the things you were stressing about will literally feel obsolete and you might even end up laughing about them in the future.
Through realizing that Jesus too had hardships in His earthly walk, it may help you realize that ‘hey Jesus went through trials and got through them. I can too.’ If Jesus can endure the pain of being whipped and beaten to death for our sake, He surely will give you the tools to survive anything that comes your way.
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13,”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Also, it may help you realize, that God was with Jesus even until His dying breath. If God wasn’t with Jesus for His entire life, then, we wouldn’t have the miracle of Easter to celebrate both for Jesus’s sake and for our sake. If God wasn’t with you and isn’t with you, throughout your life, then you wouldn’t be here right now.
Life’s struggles are inevitable but the power of God is evident in every aspect of our lives.
Turning to God in your hardest times can offer the peace only He can provide. He doesn’t want to see his children suffer and is always there to listen to us when we call on Him. Calling on Him during your hardest times can strengthen your faith and strengthen your resolve to not let the little things get to you in life. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Another verse that can bring comfort in hard times is 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Turning to God and putting your full trust in Him isn’t always easy, especially when life is full of uncertainties. But His word tells us to always trust in Him, pray to Him and believe in His promises. 2 Peter 1: 4 says, 4 “These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”
Mathew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Philippians 4:19 says: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
These verses are living proof that God will supply all your needs no matter the circumstances. Remember, God has already lined up all the circumstances, both the trials and joys in your life, according to His will.
God isn’t surprised by anything that has happened, what is happening, or what will happen in your life. He created you for His purpose and designed the trials in your life to help strengthen you as an individual, and to see whether you turn to Him when times get rough and to help you turn to Him. Since God designed each of us as His own. We can rest assured that He is in control of every aspect of our lives. God helps us all through our trials even when we can’t see the whole picture of where a specific trial may be taking us, or what it may be teaching us. He will help us learn from them.