I would by no means call myself wise or experienced, but here are six things that I've learned in recent years in my walk with God.
1. There's a difference between trusting God for something and trusting God through something.
Sometimes, when we ask God for something (a breakthrough, provision, etc.), our focus shifts away from Him once our prayers have been answered. We then wonder why things feel out of sorts again only a few weeks later. He will (and only He can) sustain what He has given.
2. We need to journey with God.
He wants to have an intimate relationship with you and wants you to walk with Him as a friend. You can't do this when you're constantly worrying about life or other people. Living from a position of constant surrender will invite the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit into your life and turn your journey with God into an adventure!
3. We need to be stripped of our idols.
I've often asked God to remove the things in my life that are not of Him and to remove things that compete with Him for first place in my life—material things, hobbies, people, even spiritual gifts. The process is always painful and slow, but always worth it. God shakes things until only the things that cannot be shaken remain. He is the one thing that always remains. Read Hebrews 12:27.
4. Keep on trusting, even when you don't understand the circumstances or processes required.
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those called according to his purpose for them." Later on, all these things (that are often difficult and confusing) will make sense.
5. God is with you through the process and wants you make it—and make it well!
Isaiah 40:31 says, "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not grow faint."
6. God is always the same.
He is constant—the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Kingdom of God is righteous, peaceful, and joyful. Whenever you humbly seek after God, He gives you the things of His Kingdom, including the fullness of joy and peace beyond understanding! Now that's good news!
I'm convinced that we can enjoy life while God irons out our creases. I don't know how it works, but I sure am glad it does.