When we face trails and tests we have a choice in how we handle them. From the devastating trials to the tests, we have a choice to rely on ourselves or trust Jesus. As hard as our flesh makes it upon our spirits, we can choose to trust Jesus.
In the last year, I have been faced with trials that have been devastating. Typically, in the past, these high caliber trials would have sunk my weight loss journey. I would have easily given way to temptation and found solace in food. Choosing to fall back into old habits of hiding from pain, finding comfort in the old familiar path of self indulgence were options that never proved fruitful and kept me farther and farther from the Lord.
“The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,” (Nahum 1:7)
When you say yes to Jesus during the everyday temptations of life, bluntly, it makes saying ”to hell with it” a lot harder during the tumultuous times of trials and tests. For example, when I began to see that I could say no to harmful foods, and excessive second helpings by obediently and lovingly saying yes to the Lord, my momentum of saying “Yes, Lord” gathered an unstoppable steam. My relationship with Him grew stronger and stronger. When the storms came, it was never an option to say no to the Lord and yes to myself because my trust is so deeply rooted in Truth. I had died to myself and had gained the strength of the Lord. No trial will sweep that away.
Still, today, I am tested. I am still walking this weight loss journey in the present. Tonight, I stare down pumpkin bread like it is the Third Reich. My journey does not end until I am at the feet of my Maker. And, be clear about this, it is and never has been about food. It is about the condition of my heart.
Make one solid decision to trust built upon another and another, dear friend. Rely upon the Lord to sustain you in times of trials and tests. He is the only one who can. Obey Him. The Lord is the only true source of self control, peace, and joy. You can trust Him.
Praying for us both,