Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV
Imagine never being disappointed by broken promises or events that change the course of our lives. The reality is even with careful planning, we can never fully be in control of our lives. As long as we have breath, we will endure many unexpected changes that can be so devastating that we feel as if life is not worth living.
What happens when we experience a crisis? Most of us seek outside help or we rely on our previous problem-solving skills. We begin to focus on options that will alleviate or resolve our present challenges. Feeling hopeful, we apply our solutions, praying that our circumstances will be short-term and end with a quick resolve. As we begin to lose hope because our solutions failed, it is at that point that we are forced to acknowledge our limitations.
Unless we have a history of possessing rock-solid faith in God, Satan the greatest enemy of humanity attempts to make us his victim. We lose our focus on God’s Omnipotence and His promises, and we become gripped by fear. Our emotions escalate, and the bitter fruits of doubt, anxiety, and worry take over as we desperately seek options outside of God our Jehovah-jireh.
There was another option, as soon as the challenge arose, we take it to God in prayer.
Have you reached the point in your spiritual life where you have complete faith and trust in God? Do you thank Him for the troubles of trials and tribulations in your life? These are undoubtedly thought-provoking questions that allow us to evaluate the strength or weakness of our relationship with God. The definition of faith is knowing that the situation is impossible, yet, still trusting in God to intervene and provide a victorious outcome. Without suffering, we cannot attain spiritual growth.
Although hard times leave us feeling overwhelmed and alone, it is not true, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. Self-reliance is enmity against God. We cannot say that we trust in God when we attempt to help him by taking steps to resolve our challenges. The hardships of life that place us in a helpless situation build our faith and deepen our relationship with our Creator.
Be strong and courageous…Deuteronomy 31:6. The path that leads to Righteousness is bumpy with many twists and turns. We have a spiritual guide that knows our journey, and He will guide us according to His plan for our lives. No matter how difficult our situation is; Be Steadfast, and Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Bible Reading: Psalm 27
God, in our humanness, we consistently fail to recognize your great power that can bring resolution to every trial and tribulation that we face in our lives. We give you our burdens and will wait for your intervention. Amen. –SJR
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