Right now, I think of two sets of Scriptures. One of which is Daniel 1:21. Daniel remained where the God of the Universe placed him.
“This is how Daniel came to serve the royal court, a position he safely held until the first year of King Cyrus when his Persian army conquered Babylonia (The Voice).”
He didn’t focus on what was behind him. He stayed, knowing God was (and is) in control – – even if his circumstances didn’t change.
My circumstances right now are quite difficult, but I can still be grounded in my faith. The foundation is solid and centered on Jesus Christ, our Savior, which the Bible reaffirms as I come and sit in His presence.
What I believe has not changed, simply because I have a broken ankle and restarted seizures. The God I know is still the very same!
How I approach God has definitely changed. “We” have been working on digging deeper, so the foundation of running to Christ is even better. (Or, that is what we are working on. We are trying to work on some unpleasant emotions related to my broken ankle..)
And, how I carry out my faith is beginning to change too. It looks different when you can’t get out of bed. I won’t say it is bad, just that it is different. I have walls to break down and am learning to lay down the weight of my own anger and stubbornness.
To be grounded in my faith means to keep remembering what I believe holds true. The Bible teaches and trains me about what is true – about my God and everything else. I don’t have the space to share all of the Scriptures I am thinking of. So after you read this, look up Psalm 27 and Matthew 25.
In times of trials, how are we holding onto what is true about God, our Savior Jesus, prayer, the Bible, the world, Holy Spirit, and let’s face it… everything else?
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence (2 Pet. 1:3).”
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).”
These also come to mind. I think, my heart is being greatly prepared for my Psalm 119 Bible study. Would I rather study than trial as my preparation for any kind of Bible study? Absolutely! But, who wouldn’t?
The Lord is the One is in control. The Lord is the One teaching and training and pruning this girl. I am excited for the spiritual fruit that comes after trials. I, like anyone, loathe the actual pruning process (John 15 is a good Scripture on this too!).
I am clinging to Jesus and resting in Him, knowing He is the One grounding me in my faith… and it is all about Him, not my efforts. I am trying to break from some of my responsibilities right now, and it is a hard thing.
* All Scriptures are in New Living Translation unless otherwise noted. *