How will we respond?

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Life.  Awe life!  It comes with many twists and turns, moments of excitement and times of deep sorrow, along with events that both sideswipe and pleasantly surprise.  We take the good with the bad, hope for the best, and cherish the simple things.  A baby’s giggle brightens our day and a grandparent’s last breath overshadows our happiness.  It clamours on with many seasons of the heart and opportunities to grow in character.

It is a well-known fact that we have no control over what happens to us in this life, but we do have control over how we respond.  It’s inevitable that challenging times will come our way; trials, tribulations and the sort.  We have no choice in this, but we do have choice in our actions that follow and must recognize God’s sovereignty in the midst of our struggles.  In choosing how to respond, trust in our Lord is paramount.

“If we choose to trust God, then we will develop perseverance and faith will grow.” 

James 1:3

Our hearts naturally drift toward complaint, worry, fear and anger when the rough times come.  These conditions often become the unwanted patterns of behaviour, thoughts, and actions.  To withstand this we must surrender to God’s sovereignty in all situations and trust Him implicitly for the outcomes.  Trust EVICTS these conditions from our heart.  They cannot co-exist.  One will inevitably push out the other and without trust we cannot weather the storms of life!

The story of Abraham in the Bible is truly fascinating.  A man, who faced so many trials in his journey on this earth, yet was an incredible example of faith and trust in his God…Our God!  At one point, Abraham was COMMANDED by God to leave the comfort, familiarity and safety of his home and surroundings.  To simply trust God and move out from all that he knew and loved into a land filled with trial and danger.  He was given the dream of the Promised Land from God and told to GO!  He took his then very elderly wife, he being an old man himself, and began the journey forward.  No questions asked.  He simply obeyed his Lord and stepped out into the unknown, trusting every step of the way.

The Israelites, however, show us the opposite pattern of mistrust and reliance on the flesh.  Abraham was their spiritual forefather and his “journey of trust” their spiritual inheritance.  But they chose to respond with resistance and cultivated the very undesirable traits of complaint, worry, fear and anger.  Because of this they were stuck in a 40-year pattern of wandering aimlessly through the dessert, a symbol of the spiritual wasteland in their lives.

Daughters, life is a gift not to be taken for granted.  Some days are wonderful and exciting and rewarding.  Some days are horrible and discouraging and unforgiving.  The tides of life will ebb and flow with incredible unpredictability.  But one thing remains.  God is sovereign and we can trust Him.  We must choose each day how we will respond and we must choose to trust Him in order to live above the waves!