Today I listened to a song that I have heard many many times, but when I listened today it affected me differently. I really internalized the lyrics and the meaning, and I completely understood what the singer/songwriter was trying to convey. It is so important in 2017 to stand firm in what you believe. In a time when anything goes, and rules seemingly don’t exist, it is so important to stand firm in Jesus who is our anchor, our rock, our safe place. Not only must we have faith and trust Him with EVERYTHING, but we must also let go of fearing the unknown. We can’t fear what’s on the other side of our tribulation. We must believe that all will work together for our good, to those who love God, and those that are called for His purpose (Romans 8:28). We must remain confident in God’s promises and boldly follow Christ and His Word.
While in the midst of trouble, we must know that things may look a certain way while we are going through them, but in the end, they won’t turn out that way. Always keep in mind that the devil is extremely busy, and he is serious about his business. He is doing everything possible to make us doubt and turn our faith into something that’s non-existent. That’s why its so important that we remain planted in the Word of God.
You may not have the career you want; you may not have found that ideal person to share your life with; maybe you were unsuccessful at keeping your marriage together; perhaps you were unsuccessful at conceiving a child after years of trying; maybe you’re not happy with your appearance and as a result you have lost confidence in yourself. Whatever it is, just know that we have no reason to fear outcomes. Timothy puts it plain, “God did not give us the spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7) so we have no reason to be afraid of these situations. We shouldn’t waiver in what we know is the truth; instead, we have every reason to set our hope in Jesus and His love. As you read this, take a moment and think about the last time you felt this way – you didn’t know how you were going to make it, you felt like everyone around you has the life you want, you started to doubt whether you were good enough, and on and on. I would be willing to bet God came through for you then, and reminded you of how generous and loving He is. I’m sure He also reassured you that He hears your every prayer. I would venture to say that at some point God came through for you and showed you exactly who He is.
Again, it’s not easy to stand firm and have faith when you can’t see what’s ahead of you. However, those who remain committed to living a life following Christ can stand on every single promise the Bible says. It may be tempting to live the life of non-Christians as they seemingly have it all; but “stuff” is temporary, very temporary. When you see people doing things you want to do, or achieving goals you want to achieve, or yet still experiencing things you want to experience, trust God’s timing for YOUR life! Stop trying to live someone else’s life. Trust that God knows what’s best for you. God may have given you a “no” for now so that He can give you a “yes” to something better later. Investing in the flesh is a terrible decision, but it’s easy to do. However, investing in the Spirit is one of the wisest decisions you can make. Always remember you will bear the fruit that you sow, so don’t grow weary in doing good for you will reap a harvest if you do not give up (Galatians 6:7-9).
If you truly know who Jesus is, and believe that God is our Heavenly Father, then you can make the same decision that I strive to make on a daily basis. I will wait for God, I will trust God, and standing on the promises of God is where I will remain.