TRUSTING & PRAISING GOD THROUGH THE HARD TIMES

To be honest, I am not the best at trusting God through troubling times. So often I find myself trying to take care of a situation that I see in shambles, but that isn’t what I’m truly led to do.

I am a tree climber, I cut and trim trees for a living. This means when winter comes around jobs become scarce or impossible to do because of the weather. During this time I can often find myself worrying about where the money will come from to pay the bills.

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

These are instructions to give up those worries and seek after His kingdom and His righteousness.

Instead in those days when work is slow, and my worries carried my mind to wonder where the bills for June are coming from, I need to look to him. We all lead busy lives between work and many other commitments in our lives. I no longer wish to look upon these days and worry.

My prayer for myself and everybody is that when these days come we use them for His kingdom purpose. God wants to spend time with us, and the more time we spend with Him, the more like Him we become. These days are a gift; a real reason to spend an entire day or week praying, worshipping and reading the word as I have discovered this winter.

I no longer worry whether God will provide; I just trust in Him, but I don’t expect it to all be done for me. God will often lead me in a direction through prayer and all of a sudden, I have work to pay my bills. Any distrust I have is just another example of pride manifesting within my flesh. I take my situation out of God’s hand into my own and put it on this pedestal that is higher than anything else. See in my distrust I believe that my problems are greater than anything God has overcome in my life and in the lives of others.

I pray that I trust in the Lord as much as I trust my equipment at work. I never question the integrity of a fresh rope, I pray I never again have the audacity to question a covenant with the Almighty One.

Blessings in Jesus Christ,

Will Currie

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