Let Jesus Pick Up Your Trial

Throughout our journey as Christians, we will face periods of suffering from both trials and difficulties. These encounters will at times produce stressful moments adjacent with paralyzing fear within the hearts of believers. Yet instead of running to the throne room of grace, we often rush to other resources for help and comfort, ones that demand self-defense and self-strategy.   

We Panic.

We Plan.

We Pursue.

We Protect.

First of all: (At times) We Panic: The trial that bears our names often produces fear. If we are not careful, we will immediately give power to the forbidding panic.   

But the Lord says…

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)

Let’s unpack this verse for just a moment.

Number One: The Lord says, “Do not fear.” Why? For He is with us.

Number Two: The Lord says, “Do not anxiously look about you.” Why? For He is our God.

The Lord says: (Number Three) “I will strengthen you.” (Number Four) “Surely I will help you.” (Number Five) Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Secondly: (At times) We Plan: In the mix of the brewing trial and fear, we position ourselves to try and “figure out” the best way to manage the hardship at hand. How? We strategize. We look around at the best options possible to handle the crisis. We run to different sources to try and solve the problem.

But God’s Word says…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

Let’s unpack this verse for just a moment.

We are told through this verse to, first and foremost, “Trust in the LORD with all our hearts.” Not in people, not in resources, but in the Lord. And with our entire hearts. Next, we are told to refrain from leaning on our own understanding. This is where we get into trouble, when we try to figure out, or carry out, our own plans, based on our own understanding. God says to trust Him instead of leaning on what we feel is best. Last, we are told to acknowledge God, and He will make straight our paths.  

Thirdly: (At times) We Pursue: After we carefully plan the course of action, we pursue it with all our might. Then, as we are running speedily ahead, we look back, as if to motion God to “join us” on our own self-made course.

But God’s Word says…

The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

Fourthly: (At times) We Try to Protect: When enemies come against us, many times our first line of defense is one of self-defense. We want to protect our names. We want to protect our reputations. We want to protect our hearts from being hurt any further. Yet we must remember this important truth: God will avenge His own. That is His specialty. We can both rest in His love and faithfulness while trusting Him to intervene as only He can, on our behalf.

God’s Word says…

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

At one point in my life, I had gone before the Lord, asking Him to show truth to some individuals whom I had both respected and loved, people who I felt had a misconstrued concept of my character.

At a particular setting, I had an encounter with a lady who struggled with an obsession of jealously toward me. The individual came after me in ways no Christian should ever. Probably to some, it appeared to be nothing more than a personality conflict. Yet in all honestly, it was an all-out attack, attempting to keep me from being seen and heard.

Over time, different occurrences would arise from her hands. Manipulation and deceitfulness bred deep within the lady’s soul, and the overspill of her heart resulted in different strikes against me. Yet when it came time to depart, instead of reporting her actions, I chose to ignore them. Not only was this poor wisdom on my part, but I left others with unanswered questions as to the entire unfolding of the situation.  

The enemy began to whisper to my spirit how those individuals thought poorly of my character. Since they didn’t know the truth, I was tempted to run to them in order to protect my name. But one evening, I went before the Lord’s throne room of grace. I was weeping profusely as I placed my request at the feet of Jesus. Then as I concluded my prayer, I remember asking Him to pick it up. I wanted it in His hands. Yet what He chose to do with it from there was not my business but His only. From that moment on I had a peace so surreal.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)

Instead of panicking, planning, pursuing and protecting, why not try something different? Why not do the very thing we are asked to do from God? Bring the trial to Him and then trust Him with it.

Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Giving one’s life over to Jesus will result in peace and victory. Bring to Him today what you have been trying so desperately to fix. He will pick it up.

Written by, O’Shea.

2 thoughts on “Let Jesus Pick Up Your Trial”

  1. Such an encouraging blog as I, too, strive to trust God’s providence in all situations. As human beings, we tend to worry and wrestle our fears. I’m so thankful we serve a Sovereign Saviour who loves us and has plans for our good. May we rest in the peace that He is with us and may He be glorified as we submit to His ways.

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