A number of years ago there was a saying going around. It read "God is My Co-Pilot" on many license plates. I know what was meant by it and their intentions were good (They simply meant God is this place). However, I had a thought. Wouldn't we be better if God was actually our Pilot, you know, first in command, guiding us through life.
I mean, if my airplane hits turbulence (trials, difficulties we face). I would revert back to God anyway because He's the only One equipped to handle our problems. For me, I'd rather have God driving because He knows where all the curves are in the road (trials, struggles we go through in this life). God is NEVER caught off guard by anything we do or say. God is the expert on handling life's problems. The Good News is that we can draw our strength from God.
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and grow weary, they will walk and not be faint"-Isaiah 40:30-31. We all get tired at times. But remember God's power and strength never diminishes. He is never to busy or too tired to help and listen. His strength is our strength. When we feel all of life closing in on you and cannot take another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength. "The Joy of the Lord is our strength"-Nehemiah 8:10. Hoping in the Lord is expecting that His Promise of strength will help us to rise above life's distractions and difficulties. It means trusting in God. Trusting helps us to be prepared when He speaks to us. We would be more willing to be patient when He asks us to wait and expect Him to fulfill the Promises found in His Word. So, to sum this up; Do you want God driving your life around the curves to help avoid pitfalls, or would you rather do it yourself and take your chances?