1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Psalms27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Not too long ago, I received a call from a friend who was struggling in knowing what approach they should take regarding a stressful life event that was creating quite a bit of relational drama and hurt feelings. These accumulated feelings were now rapidly transforming into angered irritability! As I listened to their complaint, the narrative outlined a series of a few poorly-timed small decisions that led up to one majorly-foolish choice made by an individual in which they had placed quite a bit of unmerited trust. I asked my friend, if given the choice to place your trust in someone wrapped in skin or a Spiritual Father proven and committed to helping you win, which would you choose?
Questions like this can provide us personal insight on how often we place more trust in human beings (or our human abilities) than Christ. It’s a natural desire to want to trust others to inspire or encourage us in moments of crisis, hardship, or despair. It’s unnatural to seek supernatural perspective and outcomes. That is why those of us who’ve chosen to put on Christ, as He’s instructed, have a wonderful opportunity to witness God doing what those wrapped in skin can’t do!
The three scriptures listed at the top could seem to contradict each other regarding what approach to take when dealing with adversity or hardship if you are viewing them from a natural or human perspective. If viewed from a supernatural/spiritual perspective, they each work in harmony, because we are choosing to allow the Spirit to provide insight on what is ours to do and what we trust and believe the Spirit will do because Christ said He would provide a Comforter to lead and guide us in all things! Crisis, worry, and stress are natural or human-based realities that can and will submit to supernatural principles.
God has given us all free will to choose what we desire, think, live, apply and believe! Satan lies, distorts, seeks to steal dreams, and deceives! The good news is, Christ lives as He defeated Satan and redeemed us via the cross! Trust and try Him when discouraged or lost.