Today’s guest post is by Kayla Marie. She has written the first piece in the summer series, Trust and offers some beautiful, encouraging ways to trust God in the busy challenges of summer through promises in His Word.
Summer’s finally here and what a great time to freshen up on God’s promises!
Whether you’re young or not-so-young, you’ve probably found it hard to trust God at one time or another.
You have questions. Questions like…
“If God cares, why did he put me through so much heartache?”
“Is God really hearing my prayers?”
“How can I stay faithful to Christ this summer without missing out on all the good times?”
These questions are great! And, thankfully, they have answers!
Sometimes, when it seems like God isn’t working in our lives, we find it hard to believe that he really is. We find ourselves smack in the middle of a tough situation and we suddenly forget that God has it under control.
People tell us that God won’t fail, but we are still hesitant to give our concerns to Him.
Here’s the truth: God has always kept His promises and He won’t stop now.
As you’re out with your friends, on vacation, or just going through everyday life, it would be nice to have God’s promises ready for when you need them, wouldn’t it?
That’s why I’ve decided to put together 5 promises from God’s word to help you trust in Him this summer. I’ll call them our “summer promises”.
1. Psalm 46:10- God will be exalted.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
When we go through hard times, we often feel so small; like we can’t do anything to make things better. This verse reminds us that all we have to do is slow down, be still, and remember how great God is.
No matter the circumstance, God’s name will be exalted in the end. When we seek God, He has a way of reminding us that He is in control.
2. 2 Corinthians 12:10– God’s strength is sufficient.
2 Corinthians 12:10 says, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
This verse is great when you feel like you can’t get through another day. This verse was written by Paul, the man who was content and trusted in God even in prison!
He reminds us that, no matter how tired we are, God will give us strength when we are weak.
3. James 1:5- God will give you wisdom.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Isn’t that so great? If you find yourself stuck, whether you’re not sure how to control your feelings about something or you have a decision to make, seek God and He will give you what you need when you need it.
4. John 8:32– The Truth will set you free.
John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The context of this verse is when Jesus is telling His disciples that they will know that they are His disciples if they abide in His word.
That’s the same for us! God’s word is truth. This summer, you will most likely come across people who will challenge your convictions. Some may even try to get you to do things that go directly against what’s right.
If you stay close to the Lord and keep His word in your heart, you’ll be ready to defend the truth. By following God’s design, you really will be free! God’s way is always the best way.
5. Proverbs 14:26– You will have confidence!
Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.”
I stumbled across this verse the other day and I absolutely love it!
Our confidence doesn’t come from how we look or what we’re good at. Our confidence comes from the Lord. When we seek Him in all that we do, we don’t have to worry about what to say to people or how to defend our faith.
God has everything under control. We just have to trust.
I encourage you to write down these promises and keep them handy!
As you go about your summer activities, keep God’s word with you and trust that He will keep His promises.
Kayla Marie Matlock is a Jesus-loving, music singing, 16 year old country girl. Though she has a quiet personality, she absolutely loves sharing her faith with other teens and spending time with her family. She’s homeschooled and loving it! In her spare time, you might find her curled up with a good book and some dark chocolate or writing a song with her sister on her guitar. Kayla hopes to fulfill her dream of spreading Christ’s love through her writing and currently writes for her blog, Embrace Purity.