Do you have ever those days and weeks where one moment presents a challenge that seems insurmountable and the next is an opportunity for victory that has you shouting praise to the Lord?
Over the last two years I have had quite a few of these moments, specifically in my professional life. Things have gone from the valley to the mountain top and from the mountain top to the valley on a monthly, weekly and sometimes daily basis. The process of building a new business is fraught with challenges that present opportunities for victory and defeat. Walking by faith always takes on a very personal meaning when you depend on the promises of God because you have to.
Many of you understand. Your life regularly faces challenges. Life happens to each of us. Our circumstances change. Our challenges and troubles evolve. Our relationships grow and sometimes fall apart. Things we used to depend upon breakdown. Uncertainty plays a part in our lives and fear tries very hard to play a part in our lives. Yet in the midst of it all we have a covenant with the Lord.
As we study the Bible we verily easily find that our faith in God is not an escape clause from the struggles of the human experience. Men and women of faith face the trials of this life just as non-believers do. The difference is our covenant with God; we have access to His grace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have had moments (several of them) where I wondered if the Lord remembered who I was. Perhaps he had sent the answer to my prayer to another guy named Mike. Was He listening? Did He know what day it was? Did I understand the promise of scripture I was standing upon? Was I crazy? Etc., etc., etc.
I can testify that God has been faithful to His word. I have walked through trials to my faith but I have walked through! It is easy to look back with gratitude and praise but each time it was challenging to wait upon the Lord, standing on the promises.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 NKJV)
Life is a journey. While it is true that each of our lives will arrive at the same destination, it is the road we travel to arrive at that destination that defines who we are. As followers of Jesus Christ it is our very nature to experience change. We are after all “followers” which by default demands that are a moving; walking with our Lord.
God is not that one who has made our decisions, that was us. God is not the one who created our bills, that was us. God did not create our relationships, we did. God did not create our family, that too, was us. God created us with free will and He allows us to choose for ourselves, plan for ourselves and live the life He has given us as we choose to. We cannot attribute problems that arise from poor decisions that we may have made to the sovereignty of God. We must be honest with ourselves and honest with God. There is grace for every situation and we serve a God who will rescue us in the name of Jesus, even when our problems are those that we have caused. His grace is available.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
When we give our lives to Jesus we are entering into a covenant with God, based on the blood of our Savior. It is this covenant that allows the Holy Spirit to fill our lives and give us access to the promises of God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith in Christ does not eliminate problems from our living. Anyone who tells you to just make your way to the altar, repeat after me and then promises you everything will be alright is not speaking biblical truth. Here are the words of Christ:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NLT)
There is a common theme in the scriptures concerning trouble and our relationship with God. We will face trouble and trial, but we will not face it alone. He is always there; He is walking through with us. We will face challenges but we can overcome the challenges of this world because Jesus Christ has already overcome the world.
The circumstances of your present are not permanent; but the promises of God are unchanging.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing. You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing. For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:10-13 NLT)
You have a God who is with you, who will strengthen you and who will deliver you. I love the last sentence of Isaiah 41:13, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” No matter what you are facing, He is here to help you. Are we willing to ask for His help?
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37 NLT)
Your problems may be immense or they may be similar to those each of us face. God is able to handle your circumstance. He will walk with you through every season of your life. Don’t be afraid, He is here to help.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT)