How Is Your Faith Under Pressure (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Miriam)


When things are going well it is easy to trust God. However, when life heats up and the pressure is on, do you still trust Him? Over the years as my husband Jim and I have been on the staff of a faith-based ministry and have had to raise our support, there have been many times when our faith has been under pressure. In the midst of these difficult times we can choose to “let it be an opportunity for joy” (James 1:2), or we can let the pressure overcome us. It is a choice to be joyful in the midst of difficult circumstances. Don’t get being joyful confused with being happy. Happiness depends on your circumstances, but joyfulness endures in spite of your circumstances.

In September, 2007, we had a week that was full of pressure for our family. Our finances were very strained, our youngest son, Mark, got a mild concussion during football practice, and our daughter, Rachel, was in a car accident. I could have chosen to have a meltdown that week, but instead I chose to be joyful. Please understand that I made this choice based on years of trusting the Lord and His faithfulness. It also came from spending time in His word on a daily basis. That is what gives me the ability to trust Him under pressure. The Israelites had a habit of looking back at what the Lord had done so they could go forward. The psalmist said, “I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them” (Psalm 77:11-12). You and I can do the same. When life heats up and you feel the pressure, look back and remember how God has helped you and sustained you in the past.

When I look back, I remember when Mark was born and he wasn’t breathing. As I lay there in my bed and the doctor was working on him, I remember praying, “Lord, he’s in your hands. We committed him to you from the moment we knew about him. Jim can’t help. Even the doctor can only do what you allow. Please be with my baby.” Mark was in special care for four days and grew better each day until he was released. He has no lasting effects from his difficult entry into the world. As I write this, he is almost 16 years old and is six feet, one inch tall. I have so many moments like that which I can look back to when my faith is tested or under pressure.

How about you? When difficult times come, will your true colors show that you trust God? Will you be able to look back and see the hand of God in your life?

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