To help answer some of these questions, (in addition to Scripture), I encourage you to consider a few things. Reflect on all the times He showed you His goodness in the past. Think about all the times He showed (proved) Himself faithful. Sometimes when I wake up in middle of the night and start worrying, I shift my worry to thinking about all the times He showed His goodness and faithfulness. I am always shocked at the length of the list! It might be helpful to start a list to keep handy as a reminder.
Second, “for what” is our unwavering confidence? What am I hoping He will do for me if I place my confidence in Him? This is slightly harder to answer, because it requires me to truly be honest. Am I having unwavering confidence that He will change my circumstance? Am I expecting Him to heal me? To give me the job I want? To solve my problems? Am I hoping He will just give me whatever I want? If I do my part (i.e. being a good Christian, a faithful servant), then He will do His part (i.e. bless me, give me what I want)?
Sometimes He does heal or change the situation, but often He does not. Can I still trust Him, even if my circumstances do not change one iota? That is the crux of the matter. Can I trust Him, even if the hurt and pain remain, if the loss still weighs heavily, even if I still feel lost in the dark gloom of discouragement?
Can I still trust Him, even if my circumstances do not change one iota? That is the crux of the matter.
Having trusted Him in the midst of trials, yet having also NOT trusted Him, I can only encourage you with everything I am, to choose to trust Him. He gave me a phrase a couple years ago, “Determined Trust”. For me, that is often what trusting must be. I must determine to trust Him. Otherwise the confusion and loss and despair mar my sight. I become worn. I don’t “feel” like trusting Him. It is not a matter of being tough or pulling myself up by my boot straps. It is a matter of surrendering and trusting, even when I don’t understand.
“Lord, I do not know what plans you have. I do not know when this storm will pass. I often cannot see You because the discouragement and despair hide Your face. But give me Your strength to determine to trust You. In placing my confidence in You, give me Your strength and hope once more to face what lies ahead.”
Dana, Founder/CEO of BeStrong Ministries, desires to share the hope of the Gospel with everyone.
Why a Blog?
I debated about writing a Blog for some time. I am not anyone special, who has something new to say. However, I remembered the numerous times I was encouraged by the stories and testimonies of others. My desire is to also encourage or strengthen others by how the Lord has brought me through difficult times. I pray He strengthens you!