This month so far has probably been pretty testing for many of us; Stepping back into the “normality” of life with colleges and universities opening has been a real challenge. Many of my close friends have moved away and it’s been a lot of change (that quite honestly, I’m still not comfortable with)! Over these last few days I’ve been really seeking God in having faith and hope during change because I realised how much of a struggle I was actually finding it. It’s not easy seeing friends moving away and starting a new, exciting chapters in life when you’re in the same town with a much quieter year ahead. Something the Lord has really highlighted to me is the phrase “faith over feelings”. Powerful, right?!
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:7-9 is a piece of scripture I’m sure many of you have heard already, I know it’s one I’ve heard LOTS of times before but I’d just never really taken it in till yesterday. In verse 9 we’re outright told that our feelings are deceitful (which sounds pretty crazy, especially because we live in a society that promotes leading off of feelings) but this doesn’t mean we have no direction. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your saviour and welcomed Him into your heart you have the Holy Spirit in you to direct you and guide you. Verse 7 instructs us to put our trust in the Lord, and throughout scripture we see many people of God doing just this, David being one of them.
Psalms is one of my favourite books to read when I need encouragement because David doesn’t shy away from the hardships of life, he embraces the reality of struggles and trials whilst still holding onto the hope that lies in Christ which I find to be such a beautiful display of how we should strive to live. David knew that regardless how his circumstances looked, God was greater and wasn’t going to leave him. During this next season of uncertainties, I’m learning to keep my eyes on Christ and not on my life because I know that my hope and confidence lies in Him and I encourage you to do the same, but how?
Here are a few things I’ve found helpful:
Constantly seek God and ask Him to be with you through whatever you face that day
Worship will switch your focus from the problem to the problem solver (Jesus!). Lay down your thoughts and feelings and just give God the praise He deserves. He is still good, even when life isn’t. Worship can be music, serving, meditating on the Word, giving to others etc. ect.
3) Memorising scripture
God’s given us the Word to help and instruct us. Find some scripture that relates to whatever you’re going through and hold them close to your heart. I’ve found this step so so powerful; His Word is a double-edged sword, don’t leave yourself vulnerable by not using it.
Sometimes it just takes repeating truths out loud! Things like “Jesus has the victory”, “God holds tomorrow”, “His ways are greater than mine”, “faith over feelings”, “the King of Heaven fights for me”, “I’m a child of God” are just a few I love!!
Those are just four steps I use to help me refocus and remind myself where my hope lies.
In this season of change I encourage you to lean into Him even more. He knows how you feel and how tricky things may seem, but He wants you to bring those struggles to Him. God seeks relationship with us so rather than letting circumstances lead us astray we should use them to draw us closer to God! The more in tune with God we are, the more He can use us. We should aspire to empty ourselves of “ourself” and be led entirely by the Holy Spirit, which I’ll share more about in part 2. Hope this helps some of you facing change in this season!
God bless, and all my love!