Forced to Trust God
Daily Devotional for August 11th
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
Testing is one grim reality of every Christian. You cannot avoid it. Trials are very uncomfortable. When we enter trials, we feel pressure and immediately seek comfort from it. We often avoid everything that is uncomfortable like; confronting issues, facing problems, etc. We would rather numb ourselves instead of dealing with them.
In the midst of the trial, we question God’s love toward us. “If God loved me, why is He allowing this in my life?” The devil starts playing mind games with us. Thoughts of walking away from God, thoughts of giving up, giving in; all of these things begin to bombard and take over our imaginations. When you arrive at this point, you are in a very vulnerable place.
Paul’s trouble in Asia was so intense that he described it as being more than his strength to bear. He was pressed out of measure, above strength, and he despaired even of life. Death would have been a relief from the trouble we were facing. Paul did not charge the Lord falsely during this trial but rather trusted that God would deliver him through it. As a matter of fact Paul believed that if the trial killed him, God would raise him from the dead!
It is in this place where most people feel like they are forced into making the wrong decision. The removal of the pain is always the driving force behind this decision. The devil will seek to pressure you into making a permanent decision to escape a temporary problem. The decision we all come to is how we answer this question; Do I choose temporary relief without Jesus or temporary discomfort with Jesus? Trusting God is unpleasant at times but your trail will press you to trust God; it will force you into faith.
The pressure you feel in your trial today is only temporary. You must trust that God knows what He’s doing and that He ALWAYS has your best interests at heart. God will not allow the trial to break you! He will not allow it to consume or destroy you! Don’t let the trial of today keep your eyes off of the God who is faithful to see you through every trial and valley. After all, if you’re following Jesus, He has allowed this in your life and He will bring you through it!