Learning about faith in God is more than only believing He will give us what we want. True faith is trusting in Him when we don’t understand, accepting He knows what is best even when it hurts, and walking on even when we want to sit down.
For a child of God, learning to let go in faith is a continual lesson we seem to forget and re-learn often. Faith in God doesn’t just heal. There are times when it wounds us first – and then it heals.
People always want to know why things happen. I read a story about a young woman questioning why God allowed something terrible to happen to her, and it sincerely broke my heart. Sometimes we just don’t know the answer. We can say it’s sin, the depravity of man, and we would be telling the truth. God didn’t cause one person to sin against another. But when you’re hurting, or traumatized in some cases, you might think to yourself, "I still don’t understand."
That’s where faith comes in. It doesn’t matter how big or how small whatever it is that has taken place in your life. Something small to others could be big to you, so take it all to The Lord and trust that He hears you and already knows everything you’re going through. My pastor said recently that we will have times of misery and we will have times of mercy. Look for the mercy. It will come.
"Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." (Psalms 62:8)
Accepting His Will
Acceptance of things we can’t change is another form of letting go in faith. No one asks for infirmities (whether it’s physical or emotional) to be put on them, but once there, the one thing standing in the way of true peace is our own fight against accepting God’s will.
God’s plan for us isn’t always the same as our own plans. That doesn’t mean your hopes or your desires are wrong; it simply means God may have something else in mind for you. It could be if this thing that hurt you hadn’t happened, then whatever good is meant to follow wouldn’t either. The bad in our lives is very often what prepares us for the good.
When we learn to accept God’s will as it stands, it can help to relieve so much of our pain and give a gentle peace that can only come from trusting God in all things with acceptance in our hearts. It might hurt sometimes, it might even hurt a lot, but, as the Apostle Paul had learned, God’s grace truly is sufficient.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Trials, sorrows, everyday burdens are carried by people in all walks of life. You will never meet even one person who hasn’t faced a valley or isn’t currently walking through one now. And that is the key: Walking on through it with The Lord by your side.
We have so much happiness around us, and we will have it again, but there are still those moments that linger on no matter what we do. There is a saying some people use, "Fake it ’til you make it." That would probably be applicable here. Smile until it’s real, laugh until you feel it, walk on until you heal.
You’re not forgotten. Whatever your circumstance, God knows. If you are one of His own, He is right there with you, guiding you through the storms and leading you away from the rest. Trust Him always, believe in His will, and walk on with that same faith.
"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." (1 Peter 5:10)