When life deals us an upper cut that takes the wind out of our sails, do we turn to God for help out of panic or faith? Good question you may add, but there is a fine line between being anxious or confident in the future when we are gasping for breathes.
I can relate to this when I was told in the opticians that because my left eye failed the test I had glaucoma and was going blind in both eyes. I never saw that blow coming. That night I cried to God, partly out of fear and hopefully more out of faith. Many of us here on this site have been dealt a blow out of left field that has almost taken us out. Is our cry to God born in fear, worried about the future, anxious how we will cope; or do we stand firm in faith knowing that God is our Father and he will care for us?
There are three truths that God has been showing me:-
1/ My grace is sufficient for you...(2 Corinthians. 12:9) God’s resources are more than adequate to handle any emergency that we face. He has all bases covered. God will not be caught out when we have a ‘below the belt’ experience. In fact to cry out to God in a panic is the questions Gods provision for us.
2/ God has, and will provide a way out. (1 Corinthians. 10:13) Again God has all eventualities covered. He is our shield. He understands our situation and monitors our ‘vitals’ every second and the moment he senses that we are going to loose it, he steps in.
3/ It is his strength not mine. (Philippians 4:13) This is a fundamental tenant of following Christ – it is all his work and effort, as we need to relax and surrender our self. The moment we try to work it out we step into unbelief and hinder Gods amazing life giving power.
Jesus said to consider the lilies of the field, to take note of the sparrows – are these not cared for by our loving Father? Since God cares for even the common sparrow and lilies, will he not care for you? Why then do we panic and cry out to God in desperation? Can it be that we do not have a close relationship with him? Is because we do not trust him at his word? Do we doubt that God can really look after us?
Do we really trust the Lord? That he is able, faithful and willing to do what he said he would? If we do, then why don't we pray or believe like we should? Why do we not cast our cares on him and leave them there instead of picking them back up and trying to do it ourselves?
The more I come to understand God and his ways that he wants me to walk, the more I come to realize that it is far better to rest in God and wait on him. I think we can truthfully say that we know this truth in our mind, but our heart has not yet caught up and whispers different orders to us. In today’s ‘instant mentality’ where we expect things to happen within seconds, waiting on God seems, well, so yesterdays thinking.
I am reminded of the scripture that tells us that those who wait on the Lord will mount up as eagles. I am also drawn to this verse in (Jeremiah 17:5) which causes me to shudder and fear God with intensity in my heart.
God wants us to be prepared to trust him. He wants us to learn how to depend totally on him for everything, completely surrendering to his will. Then comes the calm and rest as we enter into his promised land and milk and honey.
I have said this before, but I will say it again – how will we cope with the coming days of uncertainty before the Lord returns? In fear or faith?
That was a wonderful message.
I like the way you put the scriptures in so handy - yet in a way that reduces "clutter" as one reads what you are sharing.
The American market may collapse since they are having to talk about scaling back the trillion dollars per year or so that they've been spending to prop things up. Just a hint of it and the market dives.
Partly for this reason, I feel this was a truly "Spirit Led" message - the timeliness and the message itself shows how God is speaking to us. After all, we like you okay (to say the least), but we're REALLY trying to be taught by Jesus himself as HE speaks through you.
People will melt with fear as events unfold. You, however, and others who follow in this path, will be a VETERAN of trusting God.
I knew an old bee keeper who was a very faithful mentor in the first decades of my walk with God. He finally died at a pleasant old age. But he taught us all the message of Psalm 34 - that if we fear God we will be set free from other fears - especially the fear of man.
But I caught a scent of paradise as you shared about the peace you have in Christ.
OH LORD JESUS!
You ARE our EVERYTHING!
We find no fault in you. You satisfy our every need - and we will not turn to another!
Yes, I need to hear this message and how to let faith guides me, not fear. Indeed it's time like this that makes us lean more on Him and lean not on our own understanding.
May we focus our eyes and our hope .
Thanks for sharing, Brother John
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On the subject of fear, personally I see that most have it backwards. Instead of God being the only one they should fear, as Jesus said, God is the only one most people do NOT fear. I don't know how they see that in scripture, but evidently they do.
As for faith, it is the evidence of things not seen yet. And it will not be seen without it. Obedience is the way we show faith. Come what may.
Good words to study. Good blog. God Bless. billy
When I get crushed so bad I have to untie my shoes just to look around, I go to Psalm 30.
And, for me, there's no fear as bad as the fear that I've really messed up.
That, incidentally, is not necessarily the fear of God. But it sure pretends to be sometimes.
So the misery of whatever suffering one may be enduring is compounded by dread regarding one's own dumbness.
Psalm 30 can help transport me from that self oriented "Now you did it, now you're going to get it" to a genuine fear of God.
Like I tell my son, "Should it surprise us if we fall short? Yes it's bad we didn't use faith. But - SHOCKER - you're not perfect yet. Get over it!"
Then we throw ourselves into Gods' loving arms.
His anger is very short lived.
His grace is eternal and overwhelmingly powerful.
So we must not be self oriented and caught up in a trap laid by the enemy of our souls.
We escape that
So our love and our joy are very great.
And you're right.
Many of us have been through trauma. And those who have not should benefit from hearing how this plays out. Life will throw a knuckle ball or two from time to time.
Thank you brother for such a concise and powerful message. We all have fears that we must deal with lest they overtake us and render us useless. I really enjoyed this blog and together with the one I wrote this morning I think God is trying to get a message out to His people.
Blessings to You!
I believe this is a message that God is trying to teach a lot of people.
First of all, I am very to hear about your diagnosis and I will be remembering you in my prayers. As someone who has a family history of glaucoma (mother and brother) as well as being a diabetic who has gone through radiation treatment, I am considered "high-risk" for that disease. Fortunately, I have a couple of doctors who keep a very close eye on me and so far, my eyes have remained healthy.
Until about seven months ago, if you would have asked me if I had faith in God, I would have said yes. Recent events, however, have taught me that my faith was based upon the means God used to provide for me more than they were in God Himself. Let me try to explain.
For more than 27 years, when financial needs came up, I would pray and my husband would suddenly get a lot of overtime at work, he would book a freelance job and so forth. God provided and we recognized that. So far, so good, right?
In December though, the "safety net" of my husband's job suddenly "broke" and that was no longer there. Suddenly the person who was confidently saying that God would provide, was now thinking, "I hope God will provide." Without realizing it, I had trusted God to provide via my husband's work... instead of trusting in Him.
I am cringing even as I write this WMJ, because this is not a good nor easy thing to admit. A friend of mine once told me that if we are not careful we will seek God's hand more than His face and that was exactly what I had been doing.
On July 2nd, my husband is going to be interviewed for a job which he is well-qualified to do and it seems like it would be a very good position. As much as we want him to get this job, I must remember that my provision comes from God and God alone... in the way that He (not me) sees fit. With His help, I am learning to trust God... no matter what!
hmmm... shamefully I might say I tend to be a panic pray-er or a "wing it and hope" pray-er something to think about and reach for... thanks... will be praying with you regarding your eyes- (that might not be very comforting after my previous confession here...will try to pray for you in FAITH... wink... )
Truth from the top to the bottom! Thank you my friend for your very clear reminder of the important things in life.