Seasons of Trial and Trust

Michael Beck

“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” (Psalm 143:8)

God has a strategy for every circumstance. He is not pacing the floor of heaven, perplexed and in need of wisdom from above. He sees our predicament. He knows our dilemma. He has a “way of escape.”

God’s ways are higher than our ways; and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. If we are to know the way He would have us to go we must draw near to Him and “inquire in His temple.” This is not a one time thing; it must be the habit of our life. We must resort to Him continually. We must learn how to plant ourselves in His presence during long seasons of trial and grow stronger and wiser through them.

Because we are “slow learners,” God’s plan is unfolded to us over time. It takes us a while to “get” the whole of His strategy. But as we depend upon Him He makes our way perfect and gives us hind’s feet for our high places. He rarely removes us from a difficult situation, more often He gives us the wherewithal to endure it. Out of weakness He makes us strong, and enables us to wax valiant in fight. Instead of being overcome, He causes us to become an overcomer. Such is not the product of having a “faith formula.” Through close fellowship with our Lord we are girded with strength for the battle.

Relationship with the Lord of hosts is required if soldiers are to stand in an evil day. We need the Captain of our Salvation much more than we think.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.