I really needed the following devotional this morning, which was in my email. Perhaps you do, too? Excerpt from Jesus Today Devotional Journal by Sarah Young, copyright Thomas Nelson.
Sometimes My Sovereign hand — My control over your life — places you in humbling circumstances. You feel held down, held back, and powerless to change things. You long to break free and feel in control of your life once again. Although this is an uncomfortable position, it is actually a good place to be. Your discomfort awakens you from the slumber of routine and reminds you that I am in charge of your life. It also presents you with an important choice: You can lash out at your circumstances — resenting My ways with you — or you can draw closer to Me. “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever. “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 32:10)
The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. You can even learn to be joyful in hope while waiting in My Presence — where Joy abounds. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Persevere in trusting Me, and I will eventually lift you up. Meanwhile, cast all your anxiety on Me, knowing that I care for you affectionately and am watching over you continually. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6–7)
Which of your circumstances are causing you the most discomfort? Surrender each one, beloved. You can trust Me.
Where are you uncomfortable and powerless to change the circumstances? Bring that pain before the Lord today. Draw close and lean into His everlasting love and say it again — I trust You, God.