Trust. It’s all about trusting God in all things. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us not to trust in our understanding. It’s a trap to take what we see and understand a situation to be and use that as our basis for things. We don’t know what’s around the corner, or just out of sight. God does. I think truly walking with God is a lesson in trusting in Him in spite of what we see and “know” to be real. It’s a journey in learning to trust through the suffering and pain life throws our way. If you loose focus on Him then you despair and everything Goes down hill. It’s far easier, and better for your personal state of mind, to just trust God in spite of what you see. Trusting in spite of yourself however is sometimes a lesson only learned through trial and error. And for this reason I would offer you Psalms and Proverbs. Two excellent books that harbor a world of wisdom within them.
Psalms is just an awe inspiring way of getting some faith in trusting God. Over and over themes of trust and praising God in all situations, especially the most desperate. Proverbs is a beautiful collection of wisdom, and thoughts to train your mind into thinking more dependent on God, and trusting him (and why that’s a good idea). I would suggest reading a chapter a day of both. With Proverbs I long ago developed the mindset of reading a chapter for that day that corresponds with the date (it’s the 4th of November today so read chapter 4). It’s just a good way to keep you focused on watching what your mind is thinking on.
In praying about the various trials that have come my way, God gave me this great picture of why I need to stay focused on Him and trusting Him. Consider yourself a battlefront. A fortification of walls and battlefronts. Surrounding you is the enemy who seeks to kill steal and destroy. Now you receive your strength from maintaining your focus on God. Keeping Him first and trusting and having faith in Him that He will supply all your needs (note not your richest desires, just needs). He attacks, let’s say your car is broken, it will cost $750 to fix. Surprise once that is fixed it costs $1000 more. What do you do? Well In the spiritual realm satan is throwing things at you. You take your trust off God, take your focus off Him and focus on the battle, you’ve already lost. All satan needs to do is distract us from our true focus and he wins. He just needs to keep us from looking to our source, God the father, and Jesus His son. You take your focus off that, and your working under your own power. It’s just a matter of time then till the walls fall, till fortifications break.
Ephesians 6 talks about preparing ourselves with the Armor of God. Go through it and study it. Each peace is a representation of something that will help us in the fight. I’m not going to tell you what they represent because the study of it is part of it strengthening who you are. Just remember that each day something’s waiting to tear us down. No satan isn’t behind every tree and not every time you stub your toe is it him hiding behind a tree tripping you. But even your flesh wages war against your soul. It’s a constant battle and surviving comes down to making these things a part of your life. Learning to make them second nature. A few pro tips as they say here, God’s word, prayer, and the praise and worship of our God is king hear. Not just Praise and worship music, but in our thoughts, in our lives and how we live. Psalms again is a great stepping stone for learning to praise and worship God.
I hope this helps someone.