4 Actions You Can Take During Life’s Challenges
by: Michael Woods | June 26, 2017
There is no way around them. Life can’t be mountaintops, lakes, fair meadows, and pleasant travels ALL the time. I wish we could skip the dark valleys in life. But, they seem to be very necessary part of the journey.
Every one of us will walk through challenging times in our lives…over and over to be sure. It may be a temporary challenge that lasts only minutes. Or it could be a lifelong challenge that plagues us throughout the weeks, months, and years.
David knew about dark valleys back in Bible days. In Psalm 23:5, he talks about them,
- “Even though I walk through the darkest valley…”
I’ve had long seasons of life where I felt like nothing was working and everything was out of whack, and I’ve had frustrating days where I just can’t seem to get anything accomplished. Below are four things I’ve learned to remember in those challenging seasons of life that have helped me and I pray they help you as well!
Choose to think about what God can do instead of what you cannot do.
You can’t fix situations, but God can. This could be through divine intervention or simply giving you the tools, strength and wisdom to do so ourselves. But either way, God can do it.
But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
God will provide a way out, it may not be the way that you think, but God will provide one.
Release the weight of worry.
Again often easier said than done, but you can rest in the great promise of Jesus himself:
- Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly and the burden I give you is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing and peace with God. He doesn’t promise the end of all problems or labor, but a daily relationship with God changes the meaningless, wearisome work and problems into spiritual purpose and productivity.
Count your blessings.
When you look back on what God has given you already you will often see how God has moved before in a similar situation for you. You’ll see that God has not forsaken you and that He is always with you. Counting your blessings will keep you from becoming discouraged.
When you forget to do this, you tend to concentrate on the problem and fail to notice the good things that are in your life. It’s amazing how much goodness can come of tough times when you take the time to look back and reflect.
Turn over your problems to God.
God can solve the problem, He will provide an answer. He can do what you cannot. You know in your heart that it is true….so why not turn over those problems to God.
- Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. – Psalm 55:22
- Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. – 1 Peter 5:7
This sounds easy on paper, I know. Probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to do.
You don’t need to doubt the love and the goodness of God towards you. He doesn’t promise a storm-free life, but He does promise to be the anchor in the storm so that you will not be overcome! Trust Him daily. Trust Him hourly and learn to trust Him moment by moment. His resources will not only get you through, but you will truly grow to experience Him as the source of overflowing hope “by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Trust Him. He is your faithful God!