Our trials train us to trust. Psalm 62:8 is a great example of crying out. It says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” We pour out our heart while clinging to the Lord through His word.
Psalm 63:8 Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When our heart begins to sink because we feel overwhelmed, we will stand without being shaken when we remember His promises. It is through them that we wage war against our shrinking flesh.
Jeremiah was sinking into despair because of his thoughts. He turned it all around, by latching onto God’s promises. Lamentations 3:1-19 was full of his very descriptive turmoil. Verse 20-21 says, “My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope.”
Let’s read the promises that he recounted. Verses 22-23 say, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
After recalling the promises, he makes a faith declaration. Verse 24 says, “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!” If we hope in anything other than the Lord, we will falter and our faith will be undermined.
Mark 11:22 is our moment by moment instruction. It says, “…Have faith in God.” Verse 23 addressed our obstacles as mountains (which are very high) and the sea (which can be very tempestuous).
Verse 24 is still in the context of our faith in God. It says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Here is an example of praying and believing from Philippians 4:6-7, Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 6:19, and Romans 8:28. “Lord, I am feeling anxious right now. This trial is looming before me and I’m overwhelmed. I cry out to You. Thank You for Your resurrection power that dwells in me. I am standing in Your promise of peace that will surpass my own understanding.
You are with me. You are my Help and Strength. You will uphold me through this trial. You are the anchor of my soul. I will not be shaken nor set adrift because my faith is in You. I trust You now to work this all out for my good.”