Circumstances can drive and direct our life, unless we learn to live above them. Many of us live in disappointment, depression and stress when we allow circumstances to drive our life. Instead, the Bible asks us to trust in God promising God will direct our paths. If we want to live above life’s circumstances, we need to trust God with whole heart. Do you trust in God or trust in other options?
There are so many scripture references in the Bible asking to trust in God. Yet, many of us fail miserably. We may have heard and read so many times but underestimate its significance. We can say we trust in God, but are we showing it in action during life’s difficult circumstances? Trust makes us to act on our faith. God wants us to trust in him and show it in action.
Many times, devil uses circumstances to make us doubt God. If we choose to believe in the lies, we will be carried away and tossed like a sail boat in a storm. Our distrust makes us bound to circumstances and accept the struggles as a way of life. We wonder, why don’t we have the fullness of peace and joy; which are promised by God. Think of the times when you were overwhelmed by your circumstances. How was your trust in God? Sadly, we don’t even realize that we are being tested on our trust in God. Satan uses circumstances as an effective temptation strategy to paralyze our walk with God.
Jesus Christ showed us on how to trust God above all life’s circumstances. When Jesus was about to start his ministry on earth, he was tested by the devil for 40 days (Luke 4). Jesus came out victorious from all the attacks from satan. In each of the attacks, the devil tried to make Jesus act alone instead of depending on God the Father. In this post, let’s approach this testing from Christ’s response to satan and the context from which he responded. Jesus referenced scriptures (Deuteronomy 8:3,6:13,6:16) from the context when the people of Israel were in the wilderness journeying towards the promised land. Christ’s testing was unique, but it allows us to learn on how to respond to satan’s temptation and live a life above our circumstances.
Trusting God’s provision:
Jesus was hungry after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. Satan perceived this could be an opportune moment and tried to persuade Jesus; to make stones into bread. Jesus replied, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”. Satan tried to make Jesus doubt on God’s provision and proposed to act on his own divinity to fulfill his needs.
Christ’s reply was a reminder of God’s provision when the people of Israel were wandering in the wilderness. It was a genuine need for Christ but devil twisted the means to fulfill the need. You see, many of us get stuck in this testing. We have genuine needs, but are we trusting God or on ourselves to fulfill the needs? The name of our God is “Jehovah Jireh”, the Lord will provide. Our God provides and more than sufficient for all our needs. When we are in the situation to doubt God, we need to remind ourselves on all the provisions God has given and the blessings promised to us; overcoming the temptation to doubt God.
Trusting God’s purpose:
In the next test, devil proposed a bargain to give all authority of kingdoms; if Jesus worships him. Jesus replied, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve”. Jesus came to the world to save us from eternal death and give us eternal life. Christ’s purpose was to glorify God. Devil’s offer was a lie and an attack to distort Christ’s purpose. Jesus referenced the command given to the people of Israel to walk in God’s purpose which they failed many times. His response reveals God intended purpose for all of us. As God’s creation, our purpose is to worship and serve God in all that we do and bring glory to him.
Our circumstances can make us to believe in worldly purpose. We run behind them missing to pursue God’s purpose in our life. Devil always tries to offer different purpose and strike a bargain. Many of us get caught by this offer too often. We are called to live for God’s glory in whatever we do. Are you trusting and pursuing God’s purpose in your life?
Trusting God’s plan:
Finally, satan tried for an ultimatum in proposing a show off asking Jesus to jump from pinnacle of the temple; suggesting the angels will save him. Jesus replied, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”. Christ trusted God’s plan and providence. He had no reason to test God by jumping from the pinnacle. Jesus responded from the context when the people of Israel complained and tested God, when they did not have water to drink in the wilderness. Even after seeing all the miracles, they doubted on God’s plan for them.
Our circumstances may look like there is no hope for future but we can trust on God who holds our future. God has plans for us to prosper. We can find rest knowing that God’s plans will come true in its time. When life gets tough and when we can’t find all answers, do you still trust in God’s plan?
What ever circumstances we go through, our focus needs to be on God and not on the circumstances. You see, in all the there responses, Jesus brought the focus back to God and reminded from scripture that we can trust God’s provision, purpose and plans. Our circumstances may look bad, but God has the best plan for us and nothing is impossible for him. We don’t have to be anxious about our situations, God will fill us with peace surpassing human understanding when we go to him in prayer. His spirit will empower us in trusting God. When we trust in God and wait patiently in his purpose, we can experience the fullness of God’s blessings and live above life’s circumstances.
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a]the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”4 But Jesus answered him, saying,“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you,’11 and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. – Luke 4:1-13