When God asks us to be brave, He is giving us an opportunity to trust Him.

We sing hymns like “Only Trust Him,” “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” and “Trust and Obey,” but only in times of real trials do we understand what those songs mean. We can talk about trusting God when we are on the mountain, but when we are in a valley (or the deep part of the ocean), God is giving us an opportunity to prove His faithfulness to us.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you. Psalm 143:8

Life before whatever crisis you face is God preparing you for this moment – the moment when you have to decide whether trusting God is worth it. Plenty of people walk through dark times without the light of Christ. Even some who once claimed the name of Christ have turned away from Him during hard times, believing that God must not be good and that He cannot or will not provide.

It is in that moment of crisis that God reaches out and asks us to trust Him regardless. Regardless of the outcome, regardless of the future, regardless of the pain of the present moment. All the years of singing the songs, studying Scripture, being faithful are tested in that moment when God says, “Trust Me.”

These moments exercise our faith. When we exercise our bodies, we make them stronger. When we exercise our faith, it also grows stronger. We walk closer with the Lord than ever before. We find that He does indeed strengthen us for this moment, and also for the moments that come.

Is God asking you to trust Him today in your season of crisis? Hold onto Him, He is giving you strength, not just for the battle of today, but for the war. If you are not in a season of crisis, keep singing, hide the Word in your heart, preparing for the day that God asks for your trust.

How can I pray for you today?