Have you ever been in a place where you have done all you know to do and things still went wrong? You prayed for healing and it didn’t come. You sought wise counsel and still made the wrong decision. You tithed faithfully for years and still lost it all. What do you do and where do you look when you have done all that you know to do? Confused and disappointed you may want to throw up your hands and say WHAT GIVES!
I could quote all the helpful scriptures like:
- I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?1
- I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor their seed begging bread.2
When you are in the thick of disappointment it is hard to be comforted. Especially, if this is just one more disappointment on top of a mountain of other disappointments then you can begin to lose hope. Hope can be hard to see when disappointment is blinding your vision. When you have prayed and fasted for your spouse to be saved and they still don’t accept Jesus. It becomes difficult to relate to the bible story of Lydia and Cornelius’ household salvation. You may begin to think there is something wrong with you. Your faith isn’t strong enough or your walk isn’t sinless enough for your prayers to be answered.
Look at the life of Job. He did all he knew to do to protect his children and still, his greatest fears came upon him. God himself said that Job was a blameless and upright man who feared God and shuns evil3. Even so, disaster still knocked at his door.
David is another example of a man after God’s own heart and yet he ran for his life living in caves. He was anointed to be king as a child but everything he saw around him challenged his life’s vision of ever becoming king. David was just trying to stay alive. In Ziglag, his family was taken hostage by his enemies and his closest friends turned against David to stone him. Have you ever been there, where your sight becomes the enemy of your vision?
“One of the greatest enemies to vision is sight.” Myles Munroe
What do you do when the promises of God seem like a mist in the wind? When your hope is fading and circumstances are insurmountable. Do you give up, walk away and give into the turmoil by throwing your hands up? You could, many do. However, I would like to encourage you to take hold of these breakthrough tools inspired by scripture.
- Remember all the times before when God came through for you in ways you could have never imagined. Make a list of them and use the list to encourage yourself in the faithfulness of the Lord.
- Remember Jesus’ plans for you are for your good and not your harm.4
- Remember all good things come from above5 and He works all things out for the good of those that love the Lord.6
- Your spiritual enemy is the father of all lies.7
- The devil seeks to steal, kill and destroy your life.8
- Who is the real culprit behind the bad things in your life? The enemy of your soul, satan not God.
There are many times in life where it becomes very tempting to blame God for the hardships in life. We often give God credit for the good and the bad forgetting that satan is a roaring lion seeking to wreak havoc in the lives of believers. Remember Job? The devil wanted to make Job curse God and walk away from his faith. That is the objective of the enemy. Don’t fall prey to the enemy’s schemes. As long as you have Jesus there is always hope, help, and guidance for a better tomorrow. The future can always hold hope for the promises of God to be manifested in your life.
When the enemy is busy wreaking havoc in your life, offer up a sacrifice of praise. You may not feel like it but do it because you trust Jesus to make a way out of no way. Stop to remember all the times before when Jesus was faithful to you when you were unfaithful to Him. Line your walk up with His Holy Spirit and strengthen your stride for Christ, you will never be disappointed hoping in the Lord.
Remember Job received double for his trouble and David did eventually become king. They both suffered some loss in the battle but the loss never made them walk away from the one true God. Remember God knows the end from the beginning. When it all falls apart, REMEMBER TO TRUST IN THE LORD!
As I write this blog, my only son is in Ecuador on a mission trip fighting to breathe. He has been diagnosed with a throat infection and altitude sickness that has agitated his asthma. He has been there for a week fighting to breathe unable to minister. He had been looking forward to this opportunity for years.
I don’t understand why my son went all the way to South America to get sick. I don’t understand why all the prayers of many, many saints have not prevailed in the healing of my child so he can minister to others. The day before he left for the mission trip he led worship at his school singing a song by All Sons and Daughters called Great Are You Lord. One of the lyrics in the song is, “It’s Your breath in our lungs. So we pour out our praise to You only You.” The irony that my son has been battling to breathe for a week leaves me confused.
I know that the enemy fights strong but not long and his arms are too short to box with my ALMIGHTY GOD. I believe God when His word states, no weapon formed against me will prosper9 and His word will not return to Him void!10 I trust God to return my son to me safely and heal him completely of asthma, once and for all. I believe the prayers of the saints have halted the plans of the enemy.
It may not look how I had hoped but nevertheless, I will trust in the Lord! This song has encouraged me along the journey and I hope it will encourage you too, Trust in You by Lauren Daigle.
1 Psalm 121:1
2 Psalm 37:25b
3 Job 1:8
4 Jeremiah 29:11
5 James 1:17
6 Romans 8:28
7 John 8:44
8 John 10:10
9 Isaiah 54:17
10 Isaiah 55:11