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Why You Must Call Upon God’s Authority to Overcome Tribulations

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We face difficulties every day that put our faith and conviction to the test. Our lives can occasionally feel overwhelming and unsettled by drastic changes. There are times when we feel as though we have no control over anything and that our desired outcomes do not materialize.

These realities in life demonstrate to us that there are numerous uncertainties, abrupt changes, and unknowns in life. No matter how many plans or preparations we make, events can still turn out differently from how we had hoped. Some of the situations that could cause us a lot of sorrow and questions include losing our jobs, getting sick seriously, or losing a loved one.

But as the saying goes: there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Problems and tribulations, through the eyes of faith, can become opportunities for us to grow closer to God and to become better individuals. When tribulations visit our doorstep, our response to these makes the difference.

Here are some of the ways how we can call upon God’s power in conquering the difficulties we face.

Depend on God’s power

In the face of tribulations, let us be humble before the Lord. We must admit that we cannot do anything apart from God and His power. He knows all of us, warts and all. He cares for us. He loves us with an everlasting love. Overcoming any trials begins with dependence on God’s power and not on our own.

If we are to surrender, we should surrender to the will of God. We can only achieve fulfillment and peace by giving ourselves over to Him. Yes, it could be challenging, but it will all be worthwhile. Resting in God’s will brings us the greatest satisfaction and peace. Obedience to God’s plan for us is the only path to fulfillment.

When things go out of control, stop for a minute. When situations intimidate us, the least that we want to do is to make things worse. We must realize that this challenge is difficult but at the same time, we must be wise to not say or do things impulsively.

In the face of trials, let us be still. Keep calm and tell God our frustrations, fears, and anxiety. We can see more clearly when the waters of tribulations become less turbulent.

After all, the Lord Jesus Christ already gave us the assurance: “I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution, but take courage: I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33)

Cling to the Word of God

The Sacred Scriptures provide us with words of encouragement and strength. In the midst of tribulations, we can call upon God by recalling and savoring His very words. And when God says something, He cannot contradict it. When He promises, He fulfills. We can rely on God’s authority through His words of comfort and assurance.

By reflecting on these verses, we are reminded that God is in charge and that He has the strength to help us go beyond any difficulty. Here are some of the words from Scripture that can give us strength and encouragement in the face of trials:

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

– Isaiah 41:13

“I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

– Psalm 121:1-2

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

– Romans 8:28

“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”

– 1 Cor 10:13

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

– 2 Corinthians 12:9

Practice gratitude

Perhaps, the hardest thing you can do in a challenging situation is to be grateful. Let us be honest: who among us can be grateful when things get tough?

But the Scriptures remind us: “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Unfortunately, whether we experience difficulty of any kind—emotional, spiritual, cerebral, or physical—the majority of us react by complaining or grumbling.

What should we be grateful for in trials and tribulations? Giving thanks to God for everything does not entail giving thanks for bad things. It only means that when God allows things to happen, even the unpleasant ones, we are thanking Him for the blessings He has in store for us.

By living in gratitude amid tribulations, we are letting God to be God in our lives, and therefore submitting ourselves to His authority.

Pray – It really works!

Of course, how can we ever forget the power of prayer? We cannot underestimate the power of prayer whenever we face challenges in life. Prayer can help us in overcoming difficulties. Through prayer, we can convey to God our fears and worries. In return, God responds by accompanying us and providing us with strength and comfort.

Prayer is also a way of letting God have His way in our lives. Prayer serves as a means of making a space in our hearts exclusively reserved for God. When we pray, we are welcoming God into our life and allowing Him access to our hearts.

The picture of life is not always what we would like to see. Some incidents may cast a negative light on it. But these dark hues give our lives additional significance. These occasions can allow us to pause and reconsider our lives and the course they are taking.

We cannot expect a trouble-free path if we submit to God’s will. But it ensures our arrival will be both secure and significant. Throughout our lives, may we continually beg for the grace to totally submit to God’s enigmatic yet reassuring will. Let us pray, “Thy will be done, not mine,” fully trusting in God.

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