Devotional: Having faith in spite of circumstances

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He can direct your paths.” (Prov. 5:5-6)

This devotional is a reminder that there are times – most times – where circumstances happen out of my control. We may have taken a wrong turn; someone had made a poor decision that affected us; or things just hit us like a ton of bricks out of no where.

These are moments where we need to either activate our faith to trust Him, activate our faith to move forward, or both – and they’re normally painful and never easy to do.

But we need to remember that God is sovereign, you can’t lean on your own understanding, thank God in advance for His bigger plan that will be revealed, and pray for the peace that surpasses understanding. He will direct our paths and we will be getting out of this desert period.

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What have you already decided?

Have you ever been caught off guard with news or situations, and are expected to respond quickly?

Or have you ever thought about a scenario with no easy answers, to which you’ve said: “I’ll figure it out when it happens?”

For the first question, don’t show up to life unprepared, and know that things always happen. And for the second question, don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll have the solution when stuff hits the fan. By then, you’ll be in reactive mode aka horrible decision-making mode.

Of course, there are unknowns and making mistakes are okay…but wouldn’t it make sense to be over-prepared, have a foundation of values that direct your actions, and while learning the hard way for some things is sometimes the most effective way – isn’t it smarter to avoid as many car accidents as possible?

DECIDE AHEAD OF TIME.

If you don’t, you’ll let your circumstances decide for you – and the response is never optimal.

Before you start your day, decide to be happy no matter what seemingly negative thing comes your way. You’ll at least have a shield that can take a serious beating first; and can smile for longer periods of time.

Decide to eat healthier. For example – this morning I decided to not eat any carbs until dinner time…and while I’m on my flight to New York City and have been tempted with cookies on the plane, it’s sitting next to me with no power over me. This matter had already been settled in advance.

Decide to do only the most important thing today. While you will probably get distracted and lost in an email, tweet, or wall post during the day…priming yourself ahead of time will at least give you a better chance at being reminded or redirected to do what matters.

Decide to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.

What have you already decided today?