“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I stared at the words on the page of my Bible. The sentence seemed so simple and yet my heart felt incapable of such a thing.
“Trust in the Lord.”
It’s easy when life is going well to trust God, and even at the beginning of a painful trial. But what about when the rain keeps falling, the wound keeps aching, and the circumstance remains unchanged? How do we trust the Lord when the cancer spreads, the barrenness continues, and the relationship deteriorates?
We must rebel against our feelings of despair and abide in Christ. We can do nothing apart from Him, and this includes our faithfulness to trust Him in a season of suffering or heartache. We abide by continuing to go to God in His Word each day, striving with Him in prayer, and determining to make fellowship with other saints a priority in our lives. We can only truly place our trust in God by fully abiding in His Son, our true Vine.
“Sometimes you have to force-feed yourself. You aren’t hungry. You don’t want to eat. But you know you must. Now is a time to force-feed. Your spiritual health depends on it. You are not accustomed to doing something without feeling like doing it. If you have tried it, no doubt it feels odd and mechanical. It does not feel very human because we are so accustomed to being mobilized by our passion. But be assured that this is very human. When animals have instincts—their version of feelings—they are slaves to them. You, however, can override your instincts. You can act out of wisdom and faith.” Ed Welch
Father, we are a broken, needy people. We come to You asking for help to sully place our trust in You. Help us abide in Christ that we may bear fruit, even in the difficult seasons of life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Write out Psalm 37:3-7, and write down all the imperatives you find. If you’re having trouble obeying any of them, write out a prayer or pray aloud to God for help. That’s a prayer He loves to answer.