|“It is so hard for me to trust God. I feel like my life is an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes, things are good and I feel like my relationship with God is great, but then something happens and it all falls apart. I find myself struggling to pray, trust or even like God for that matter. I don’t know! I just wish God would make things consistent.”
As I listened to my friend vent about the inconsistency of the events God allowed in her life, Paul’s words from Philippians 4:12-13 flooded my thoughts. He wrote, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty of in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
One of the realities that we are going to have to come to terms with in our lives is that we will certainly face “a series of inconsistent events.” We are going to have good days and we will experience bad ones. We will undoubtedly face gains and losses in our lives. We will encounter situations that make us laugh and those that make us cry. There will be times of peace, and there will also be times of chaos. We will experience abundance, and we will encounter lack. In spite of all of these “inconsistent events,” we have a God that always remains consistent, and it behooves us to place our hope and trust in Him and not our circumstances.
When we place our hope and trust in circumstances, we find ourselves on what my friend calls an emotional rollercoaster. When times are good, we are happy and thankful, but when they are bad, we become torn apart and bitter. In the words of Paul in Hebrews 12:2, I charge you today dear friends to “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Our God is a good God! Our God loves us so much that He came to die for us! Our God cares for us so much that He engraved us on the palm of His hands! Fix your eyes and your thoughts on those facts and on the reality of God, and when the inconsistent events begin to transpire in your life, stand firm with your faith in the consistent God that will give you strength to endure all things.
In this world, you will face inconsistent events, but take heart because our consistent God has overcome the world! Will you trust in Him? Will you fix your eyes on Him? Will you place your hope and trust in Him?
Grace and peace be with you.
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