July 31 In Difficult Times

Scripture reading: Psalm 4:1–8

Key verse: Psalm 4:5

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,

And put your trust in the Lord.

In her book Abiding in Christ, Cynthia Heald writes about her journey of faith during difficult times:

The wise counsel of Proverbs 3:5–6 has been in my heart for over twenty–five years. Although it has become an old friend, its encouragement continues to be fresh and new in my life.

During a recent struggle, it seemed that the Lord was saying to me, “Do you trust Me?” My response was, “Yes, Lord, I trust You. But can’t You rephrase the question: Do you trust Me to work everything out so that you are happy? I think I could really trust You then.”

But the Lord was steadfast: the issue was my unconditional trust. No strings attached, no negotiating, no promises.

In a deeper way, I began to understand what it means to trust God with all my heart. There is no room for bargaining for what I think is best, only implicit confidence and patience in His plan.

The Scriptures do not guarantee that all will be well according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to trust Him no matter what, He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on His understanding and His ways of working in our lives.

Is God asking you to trust Him unconditionally?

Dear heavenly Father, let me trust You unconditionally—even in difficult times.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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