Hard places. We find ourselves there at different times in life. Whether the situation is finances, healing, relationships or personal demons that resurface, these hard places come. Trusting God in the hard places shows the level of trust placed in God. When you are being taken to a higher level in your walk with God, these hard places show us where we actually are and where we need to go.
Yes, I am in a hard place. However, no matter the circumstances or how it looks to the natural eye, God is still in charge. In order to move beyond this place, several things need to occur. First and foremost, still trust God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). The Amplified version reads like this. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” (Hebrews 11:1, Amp). Trusting God seems much easier when everything flows smoothly. It is harder for the natural man to trust when things get difficult and are out of personal control.
Secondly, speak Scripture in the situation. Renew the mind with the Word of God and speak His word in the situation and then stand. Wednesday’s post talked about the work of the enemy behind the scenes. Some of the challenges come from life and then others may be from the enemy. Remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against rulers and principalities of the unseen world, against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, NLT, my paraphrase). Learning to walk this journey trusting God day by day, sometimes even moment by moment is reinforced when we encounter such challenges. As we trust Him, speak the Word and pray, God reveals His will for our lives. He continues to prove Himself faithful and will never leave us nor forsake us.
Remember to unite with like-minded believers in prayer and standing. We are not alone. We are a part of the body of Christ and when we trust those who sincerely and honestly know the Word of God and that they will pray God’s will for our lives, we have support. Behind the scenes, the enemy seeks to divide and conquer. Going through difficulty, there is a tendency to be alone or stay to oneself. Leave no door open for the enemy to use against you.
Thirdly, be anxious for nothing and give praise to God for all things, even the hard places. As I have taken these steps, I have a peace that passes all understanding. Because I have surrendered to Him, because I trust Him and because I know He has the best plan for my life, I have this peace. Regardless of the outcome of this new challenge, He will direct my steps, He will guide my direction and will carry me through.