– Proverbs 3:5, 6 NASB
Recently, I ran into some unexpected difficulties that arose from seemingly nowhere. We encountered some challenges in our church that I just didn’t see coming. There is an old adage in the sport of boxing that states, “the punches that hurt the worse are the ones that you never see coming.”
Now, to be fair I am no novice to the peaks, plateaus, and valleys of this thing called life, and in particular ministry. But sometimes you can go through certain seasons where all of your previous experiences combined cannot compensate for the current challenge that you are facing… And yes it is a fairly sizable one (at least to me).
I reached out to the people that I trust the most and sought counsel and more importantly prayer. By the way, one of the most important life lessons that I have learned is to have people connected to you who can get to God when you cannot. Well, after having a series of conversations and still feeling the absence of an apparent solution…to be honest, as I write this I am still not sure how everything is going to work out… I remembered this simple word of wisdom, from the book of Proverbs. When I don’t have the capacity to understand my dilemma, let alone adequately come up with a viable answer, the best thing I can do is to trust that God can and will fix the problem!
The reason that I can confidently state this is because… He is the SOLUTION!!
So whether, you issues are financial, familial, emotional, or relational challenges, remember this… If you trust God and move in faith, He will see you through! All He asks from us is for us “not to lean on our own understanding”. Which simply means that He invites us to alleviate ourselves of the pressure of trying to figure things out by simply trusting that He knows what He’s doing!
I hope my journey toward learning how to trust God more encourages you to do the same.
Pastor Eric Hatcher