The character of God and His Word, not our circumstances, should determine how we will walk as followers of Christ. As we journey through life, we will continually be faced with adversity. There will be times when we encounter extremely difficult trials and pain, and face monumental decisions. It’s a part of life on this earth. The question is will we be prepared for such circumstances? Will we trust God and His Word or will we go our own way? If we are not spiritually prepared, we can easily find ourselves confused and tempted to reject God’s Word and walk in unbelief.
In the Old Testament, we find some encouraging examples of those who were prepared for the intense trials that came their way. In the book of Daniel (1:8), we learn that Daniel was tempted to disobey the law of God and compromise his convictions of how he was to worship and honor God. Yet “Daniel made up his mind” (determined in advance) that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s choice food.” As a result, God granted Daniel His favor and compassion.
In the Old Testament Book of Job we read of the extreme loss, pain, and suffering Job endured. However, his hope was so anchored in God that he could declare, “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”(Job 13:15).
In the book of Habakkuk, we discover that the God had given the prophet Habakkuk a revelation of His impeding judgment and Israel’s destined destruction from an invading nation. Habakkuk would quietly wait for the day of distress. Yet, Habakkuk’s response reveals that he would continue to love and trust God regardless of the outcome, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there will be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult the Lord and rejoice in the God of his salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me to walk on my high places” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
As we journey through these days of uncertainty, let us take comfort in knowing that we serve an omnipotent, all-knowing and loving God who is in control. Let us trust Him with full assurance of His plans for us, plans for welfare and not for calamity, but for a future and a hope. He has promised that He will never, never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Let us take confidence in that fact that there is nothing that can ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39) and be reminded that God is for us and He is present with us! “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14). Today, may each of us seek Him first and experience His incredible joy and peace as we walk with Him!