A little while ago I spoke about something on my show and I wanted to share it here as well. I talked about a really hard time that I had in my life once, work was really hard, the people who I worked for never saw the effort I put in, actually funny story they somehow managed to accuse me of the opposite. My life at home was tough, everyone around me seemed to be going through their own battles. My finances were not the best, I managed to get all of my debt almost payed off completely and then of course stuff presented itself and I made the stupid decision of paying for it with debt ( that’s a story for another time ). If I could describe it even more I would say it was almost like a time in my life where everything seemed to be falling apart.
Now there is a lie that seems to be going around the church and around the body of Christ and that is the fact that God somehow causes these bad things to happen to us. I on the other hand believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that nothing but good ever comes from God. However, I do believe that God allows trials and tribulations in our lives so we have an opportunity to be strengthened for bigger battles down the road.
Then one day it hit me, one day maybe I would have a job where I would have the approval of man, maybe I would have an abundance of finances and maybe my friends and family would no longer be down and out. Would I still draw my strength from God or would I lean on my finances or what man says.You see it is easy to depend on God when you only have God, but how easy would it be to depend on God if you had wealth and success and everything you could ever want?
We all face tough times, and we will for the rest of our time here on earth, but never forget Proverbs 3:5-8 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
I guess it comes down to trust, God wants and has the best waiting for you. The question is, will you be willing to do what it takes, will you be willing to take the hits and keep moving forward, will you be willing to get up every single time you are knocked down to the ground to get His best?
My life has been full of ups, but it has also been full of downs. There have been times where life has felt so difficult and times where life felt like it could not get any better. But through the good and the bad I have learned and am continuing to learn that God is the only one I can put all of my trust in and the only one I can lean on.