Resilience – n.
The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Sometimes, life doesn’t go as we’d planned. The unexpected happens. It could be something major like a job loss, a relationship break up, a sudden death in the family or health problems. We may be in situations that we hadn’t foreseen, such as a job we don’t enjoy or live in a house or area we don’t like.
For some of us, even the ‘smaller’ things like being let down by a friend or an event being cancelled, can feel like a curveball and knock us sideways. It depends on our current state of mind.
But God has a plan for our lives and these things aren’t unexpected to Him. When we put our trust in Him and let Him be in control He will help us in these difficult times.
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
God is trustworthy. It builds our faith to learn to trust Him in all situations.
Who could have predicted the outbreak of COVID 19 and how it would affect us all in 2020? So many plans have been put on hold or cancelled. Jobs are no longer secure, the economy is fragile and people’s health is at risk. Many people are struggling with their mental health because they are worried, scared, anxious or because they don’t like not knowing what is going to happen. Everything has changed. We don’t like the ‘new normal.’
Matthew 6:19-21 says:
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’
In other words, we should not rely on things of this world for our security, happiness and future.
One thing I know is that God is unchanging and so are His promises. Promise like:
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
And don’t forget:
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Being anxious all the time is exhausting. God says He will take away our worries and cares. Let’s allow Him to.
In a study I was reading the other day, it said ‘the most effective and powerful antidote for anxiety, is thanksgiving and praise.’ This takes the focus away from us and our troubles and gives them to God – our awesome, powerful, loving, all-knowing God. We can give all our cares to Him, honour Him as God.
Tell Him all our troubles and heartache. He can handle it.
Confess all our worries and fears – any sins that are weighing us down.
Then worship Him, keep looking to Him and not at our circumstances.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and come into His courts with praise. Thank Him for everything He has already done.
We can’t see all things, but He can. He knows what is best and He is in control.
Of course, this takes practice and discipline to make it the first thing we do, but God will be there for you.