Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
As we study the Old Testament, we realize that the people of Israel faced insurmountable challenges which left them fearful, faithless, and forgetful. They began to focus on their situations instead of reflecting on the countless times in which God had delivered them. What was the basis for their lack of faith and trust in God?
If we fast forward to modern-day Believers, we can still ask the same question: What is the basis for our lack of faith and trust in God?
When we are in a state of suffering, there are times when we may view our situation as hopeless and we become obsessed with our circumstances. Realistically, we must acknowledge that suffering does not feel good and it does have a crushing effect on our mental and emotional well-being. However, it is when our circumstances appear larger than life that God is waiting for our obedience and for us to completely trust in him. It is at the time when we are fearful, faithless, and forgetful that God is waiting to intervene if we only come to him in prayer.
How important is prayer? Prayer is a gift from God! Prayer is our opportunity to talk to God and to strengthen our relationship with God. Prayer connects us to the source who tells us that, “I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8 NLT
When we devote ourselves to rely on God through continuous prayer, we begin to flourish and experience a deeper relationship with Him by realizing that He is our source of strength. Our suffering is beneficial in that we can realize our weaknesses and limitations, which direct us to God; therefore, we grow spiritually by becoming fully dependent on His strength and power.
Our relationship with God must be a dependent relationship; we must completely empty ourselves of the self-reliance that we possess when we are without difficulties. It is the inner battle of trusting in ourselves versus trusting in God that leaves us with doubt and mistrust when the storms of life are upon us.
In order for us to know what God is capable of, we must diligently study His Word-the Holy Bible and believe that if God promised it, then He will always fulfill His promises. Commit to memory the precious promises found in the Bible; read the many miracles and stories of deliverance, especially in the Old Testament. We serve a God who parted the Red Sea and enabled the people of Israel to walk across on dry land–there was no mud on their feet, and once they were safely on the other side, He destroyed their enemies.
Believe in the love that God has for those who are suffering; He sees every tear and hears every prayer. We must travel this journey with complete faith, hope, and trust in God: He says, “…I am that I am…” Exodus 3:14
Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 31
Prayer for Today: Dear Merciful Father, We come to you as broken vessels who are faithless. We have forgotten who you are because we have been relying on our own strength. God, we ask forgiveness for our lack of faith and trust in you. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and we thank you for your love, your grace, and your mercy. We pray for unwavering faith, obedience, and the ability to completely trust in you in spite of our circumstances. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. We ask these things in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019