1 Corinthians 10: 13, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
When a child of God struggles, our struggles, no matter how painful, are not for naught. Our gracious Lord uses trials both big and little as means of sanctification in our lives. Perhaps our trial is cancer, a job loss, or the loss of someone we loved (whether to death or otherwise). Other times God might use annoyances such as endless interruptions, canceled plans, a sprained wrist, or any of a 1,000 little things that don’t go right and demand of us patience, grace, and faith.
I remember an elder in a church we once were members of. His daughter and granddaughter, she being only three months old, died in a wreck. Rather than turning his eyes upon Christ, he walked away from Him. To my knowledge, he never returned. Of course, this proves his lack of true saving faith but it is also an example of the way far too many react.
There’s an excellent quote from C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters that is fitting here:
“Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
I don’t know what your struggles might be but whatever they are, all I can say is to keep your eyes on the Master of the waves rather than on the waves themselves. Pray for faith, pray for belief, and for further trust. As the man said to our Master, “Lord, I believe. Help Thou my unbelief.”
God is faithful to us. We are not faithful to Him. It is we who doubt; it is never He who fails.
I understand fear. I struggle with depression. As the daughter of an abusive father, the wife of an abusive husband who couldn’t keep a job, I am also a woman who has–due to circumstances beyond my control–struggled with finances my entire life, I’ve had lifelong struggles with multiple chronic health issues and on-going pain, I’ve lost infants to miscarriage, and more–so much more. If I couldn’t trust the Lord, I simply couldn’t survive.
The Lord’s character never changes. Read your Bible. See how He related to His people throughout Scripture. He is the same God today. Pray to know Him and pray that–no matter what your circumstances–you will trust Him.
If you doubt you can trust the Word of God, watch this sermon by Voddie Baucham on how we know the Bible is trustworthy. It’s excellent, faith affirming, and pretty in-depth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1XJ7DeR5fc
Sisters, keep your eyes upon the Lord. Let not the evil one sway you to disbelief.