Buried by Circumstances

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?’ ”  Numbers 11:11

God gave Moses one of the most honored names in history. Moses faithfully led the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage all the way to the borders of the Promised Land. Moses stood faithful despite hardships and opposition, but even he grew flustered in the face of difficulties. Truth be told, it happens to all of us.

During seasons of extreme stress, pressures may tempt us to draw inaccurate conclusions about life and even God. We would do well to remain quiet until the storm passes by. But we find that nearly impossible at times. How can we cope with the pressures of life and yet remain faithful to God?

1. Pour your heart out to God in times of extreme duress.

Without the Book of Job, we would only know a part of how to make sense of suffering, and without the Book of Psalms, we would not know how to pray through suffering. Indeed the Book of Psalms speaks to the emotional needs of the soul. Here are some examples:

“In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted” (Psalms 77:2).

“For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol” (Psalms 88:3).

Many have found that when they honestly pray to God about all of their struggles, He marvelously ministers healing to their souls as they pray. "Cast your cares upon Him; He cares for you"  (I Peter 5:7).

2. Remain faithful to God.

The devil, we’re told in Luke, left Jesus until “an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). He does not tempt us without thought or strategy. He carefully plans his assaults with a goal of inflicting the greatest damage. The evil one strikes when he thinks we’re weak or tired. But like Jesus, we must remain faithful. The tempter keeps one thing in mind: Lead people away from God, including His own people.

3. Trust in God’s sovereign plan.

We mention the Book of Job above, a book that details the sufferings of one of God’s choicest servants. But notice the words of James:

“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).

God’s plan includes grace through the struggles, but also a favorable outcome. While we wait, trust and obey, for there’s no other way!

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