Trusting God Scriptures: believing in God in times of crisis is a key to contentment

By Eren Mckay  
Filed under Relationship With God

Being Content part 2- seeing things from God’s perspective

Do you know what the root of lack of contentment is? Many times we blame bad circumstances or people but the truth is that lack of contentment is a lack of trust in God. We may think we trust God, but when things begin to tighten up why do we complain, get mad, or grumble? Don’t we know that the Almighty God is sovereign? Don’t we know that He knows much more than we do about what is best for our lives?

Trusting God is the key starting point to being content no matter what happens.

Trusting in God ~ we are His sheep

Christ said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. (John 14:27)

You see, Christ’s peace is not circumstantial. When we abide in His peace, we are deciding to trust God no matter what. He is our shepherd and we are His sheep.
Where can you find contentment? Is it in something that you get, have or achieve?

Basing our contentment on circumstances or on the Lord?
Why do circumstances rob our peace? Are we basing our peace and joy on the Lord or on circumstances?

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

If we trust God that all things will work together for the good, then when we face problems and difficulties we can still be thankful. We may not “feel” like that trial is for our good while going through it but we must “believe” that it is. Faith should not be dependent on “feelings”.

Feelings many times are a consequence of wrong thinking. If we think wrongly we will feel wrongly. Unfortunately people base their decisions on how they are feeling. The word of God says that we must not trust our heart. So we must not trust our feelings- instead we must base our lives on something that does not falter.
Something that doesn’t fall. God’s word is truth and will never fall. Believing that all things that come our way have a purpose and a reason is essential to being content no matter what happens. True everlasting contentment can only be found in the Lord.

“If only” phrases
We see that Paul had learned to be content in all sorts of situations:

Philippians 4:11-12
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Notice that it doesn’t say if something good happens to you then you be content.

Many times people think “if only this would happen” or “if only this circumstance would change” –then they would be content, thankful and at peace.

When we use these “if only” phrases we are basing our peace and happiness on outside factors. We are living a circumstantial happiness that is bound to flee when things change.

Submission to God is a key to contentment. We must make a conscious decision to submit to the Lord. When we submit our will to Him- His peace takes over. We have decided to be obedient and submit. There is no more struggle of the wills. He is our shepherd- we are His sheep. We can abide in Him because we base our lives completely in Him. There is a freedom in submitting to the Lord. The freedom of not trying to carry life’s burdens on our own.

As Christians we are called to follow Christ’s example and take up the cross. The more we fight God’s plans the less we will grow in Him. The Lord uses this life and difficult circumstances to mold our character. When the going gets rough, instead of putting our eyes on our surroundings we need to turn eyes to Jesus. We need to walk in the faith that God has a plan for everything.

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13 Comments on "Trusting God Scriptures: believing in God in times of crisis is a key to contentment"

  1. susan carlsen  

    I am going through the process of a legal separation with my husband over a period of time where verbal and emotional abuse have played a part in the marriage.

    My partner has been very jealous over my two children. We both are in agreemnet that this is the best avenue for us to take, but we both still love each other. This is so crazy. This is a 2nd marriage for both of us. I have had a 13 yr. old step son and I have by my first husband who is deceased a 23 yr. old daughter and a 19 yr. old son.

    My daughter is facing court now due to I believe partly family life and a choice of her own. My son and husband got in a fist fight around a month ago, and the state of Va. arrested my husband, but he was released the same night on his signature, but was told to stay away from the children for 5 days. Floyd has been nothing but an absolute angel since then. He has a lawyer and I have mine.

    We want to spend time together and still love each other. I told my son I would not do this if he thought I would disgrace him. He said I wouldn’t and that not everyone is always right like my parents who are very worried. I know I can’t continue to stay in this relationship under one roof with my children or to hurt my parents any more.

    Please let me know what you think about this family life decision. Thank you so much.

  2. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Susan,
    Your situation is a very difficult one and I really do feel for you.
    I suggest that both you and your husband seek the Lord with all of your heart studying the Word.

    If your husband as the head of the family submits to his head which is Christ- the Lord can restore all things.
    Maybe he needs to be healed spiritually of certain things before there can be peace in your daily lives.

    I would say that a Christian counselor who bases his counseling on God’s Word will greatly help him overcome certain issues and also help you deal with all of this.
    I can tell you for sure that the Lord has an answer and He has the solution to your situation. Now all you have to do is seek Him for the answer.

    I know for a fact that Jesus will answer you because He cannot lie and He promises that He will give you wisdom to deal with all situations that come your way according to this verse in James 1:5-8:
    “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
    For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
    A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.”

    Don’t ever believe Satan’s lie that there is no solution and that everything is lost. Stand on God’s promises and the Almighty will provide an answer for your life. Christ has already won and given you the victory on the cross. Now you only need to take hold of His victory and remain in it.

    Maturing in Christ can only happen when we choose to submit to the Lord and apply His Word in every single circumstance we go through.
    I would like to pray for you now:

    Lord we want to come before your throne pleading for Susan’s situation. Please send your angels to protect her family against Satan’s darts and attempts to destroy her and her family.
    Lord we declare your Word and stand on Your promises at this time believing that You are the Provider and You alone can solve all of this. We trust you and praise Your Holy name.
    You are the Creator of all of the Universe and we believe that you can transform and heal this family. We pray for Susan’s parents, and children and step children. We lift them up at this moment – we ask you for wisdom- not man’s wisdom Lord, but Your wisdom. We pray for Susan’s husband. Lord, enlighten his mind and draw him close to you. Establish him to do Your will and to fulfill the purpose that you have for his life here on earth.
    We ask you all of this in Jesus’ name,

  3. Roy Montero  

    Hi Susan,

    My name is Roy Montero.

    I feel lead to respond. I “feel” what you are experiencing during this season of your life. I want you to know that I have 2 kids the same age as yours so we may be close in age as well.

    I love the Lord and have gone through very difficult moments in my life so I’m aware how alone we can feel during these seasons of our lives.

    I know ONE thing about trials and that is … What you don’t “talk out” you will “act out” and therefore, if you don’t have anyone to talk this out with (or even if you do) and you’d like two other people’s ears and voices then do connect with me on Skype. My Skype Name is [ RoyMontero ] so feel free to add me and IM me.

    God Bless from your new friend, Roy.

  4. susan carlsen  

    Ok, so I feel that I, with God behind me, is in my corner, and we will continue to go through with our separation. I will continue to make sure God is in the picture. We still are very friendly to one another, but we will not waver. I think God wants me to trust him. I would like to write much more but, I am at work, thanks for the wonderful scripture I felt the holy spirit as I was reading it, you have been extra special to me, and I want you to know, how much I appreciate it. May God always guide you and keep you in his wonderful care. Me.

  5. Romanus Ogar  

    Beloved, yes God is good and His mercies endures for ever. God will never fail you if only you will trust Him with Him all of your heart. He would heal you of every pain, and you will have peace like a river. Just turn to God and things will fall in place in your family.

  6. Teresa  

    Hi my name is Teresa,
    At this time Satan has attacked my family with full force. My husband has filed for divorce and I dont want it. At one time we were both very close to God, but we got hurt by the church and some members, We both backed away from God and to top it off my husband was having online affairs. After many apologies and acceptance of the apologies I wronged myself but looking for what I wasnt getting from my husband (love). Things just got worse from there. Yes I know 2 wrongs dont make a right and you have to remember we had both backed away from God. Now my situation. I dont want the divorce, I Love my husband very much. I have rededicated myself to God and trying to live for him the best way I can due to the situation I am in. My husband and my grown daughter and son have moved in with a woman(his lover). I am having to live with a male friend and yes hes just a friend due to the fact that my husband left me nothing. I have no transportation, home, job, income, etc. As ive stated before I dont want this divorce and I have been praying diligently for over a week now. I am also doing the 40 day love dare which is slightly difficult to do since my husband lives in another town, wont speak to me and I have no idea if hes getting my texts or not. I have the faith that God can do miracles and will do one in our case. I do believe God put my husband and I together 26 yrs ago and I dont believe that God wants it to end. I am asking for prayers and any advice you may can give me.
    Thanks, Teresa

  7. Shawn Weaver  

    Any marriage is worth salvaging at any given point! God is the creator of marriage and He is always trying to protect it because He understands His purpose in and through it. We flawed humans take marriage for granted and thus end up giving up instead of pressing on in our faith through it. It was meant to bring both sides together as well as praying for the weakness of the other and balancing each other out! Separation should be a very last resort and should fall under biblical principles. God says let no man separate what He has created! why do we tend to take things into our own hands rather than Gods? Lord i pray for all marriages that you preserve them and help build and persevere with those struggling even now God let your spirit have control and let them yield to you and grasp your understanding and purpose in and for marriage. Separation always has casualties, please do all you can to compromise! Gods grace to you all!

  8. joanne cromp  

    This truly helped me so much..I feel completely in the Masters hands):His rod gives me correction, His staff to give me guidance always): Christ said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. (John 14:27)

  9. Deja  

    Right now I am facing divorce. My husband has a child from a previous relationship and he had been talking and texting the mother. He admitted he still has feelings for her and feels he never gave her or Hos son a fair shot. He joined the Army so their relationship failed as a result of the distance. Not long after the broke up he met me. We fell in love and married a year later..we haven’t been married a year yet and he already wants a divorce from me. He wants to go back to the mother of his child he says for the sake of Hos son. He wants to give him a fair chance at being successful he says. That’s commendable but I gave him a chance to work things out with the mother before we got married and it didn’t. It was a distance relationship still do that may be way. So now I’ve moved here in November after I was away from him 8 months. I feel why didn’t try to work it out while me and my husband were away from each other? It’s only May and I have to prepare to move back to Texas ( we live in GA) and prepare for a divorce. It hurts me and I’m so confused ..he says its his son. He told me he will never find another woman that bonds with him like he and I do. Its true we are bestfriend. True the relationship has had its rough times and sometimes physical and emotional abuse.. I’ll smack him when he says or does hurtful things behind my back and it escalates. God is giving me peace to deal with this so the fighting has lessened almost completely. He says he will never forget me and will always live me and think of me. This hurts so bad.

  10. Deja  

    The mother tarted trying to break us up and seduce him to get him back.. Using the son to do so.. I don’t understand why a woman would do that?

  11. Arlanda Comminie  

    Hello my name is Arlanda Comminie.My wife and I have been separated for two months. We have been together for 9 years and married for 4 years. We got married in 2008 and move into a rent house we stayed there for 3 years then in 2011 we moved with my wife parents in October 2011. During the time when we was in the rent house I cheated and had other females call me and text me that really devastated my wife. So when we move with her parents we did pretty good and everything seem fine. So one day we got into a bad argument and her sister heard so her sister called her dad after that her dad told me it would be best if I stay away and that’s when the seperation began I went stay at my moms house and she stayed with her mom. During our seperation I continue to pay her car note and her car insurance and help her out when I get paid every week.She continually tells me it’s over and she ain’t coming back but she  just need me to help her out financially until she gets back on her feet. I want to help because I don’t want to leave her without any money but I must care  for myself to because it is hard  giving someone money and they don’t want to talk to you at all to try to work our marriage out i ask her to go to dinner she said she don’t want to lead me on but i told her me  giving her money every week  is more leading on than any dinner.I want my wife back very bad I truly love her and care for her the weakness I had for other women is truly behind me. Im believing God for my marriage and I know he will restore I just need help during this seperation  because it very hard right now without her 

  12. Darlene  

    To Deja,

    It sounds like you have done all you can to make your marriage work. However, if he is determined to move on back to his child’s mom, you should move on as well. I know its hard. But it sounds like his mind is made up. Ask God to give you the strength and direction and stay busy. Join a support group. You will recover from this disappointment. I am divorced too and it is very hard but there is light at the end of the tunnel. God bless.

  13. Iara Granatina  

    Hey guys.
    I am Christian currently study at college.
    and a week ago i lost a dear friend he was 23 years of age. And although i did not know him for ages, i was very fond of him and i cared about him and his family. And he died due to an accident.
    I am back in my life routine. but i still feel very sad and uncapable to keep going. I prayed and i heard God saying everything is sorted.
    But how? and where?
    I cannot see the answer, i feel like my work is piling up and i won’t succeed with my exams 🙁

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