Can I just be real honest with you for a second? Last week was one of the hardest weeks I have ever had. It seemed that I couldn’t catch a break. It felt like I had been in the ring and Monday and Tuesday’s problems decided to take a few swings, Wednesday and Thursday’s troubles wanted their turn with their share of problems, and Friday , who I had always welcomed like a dear friend, gave the final blow. I felt like I was down for the count! Can you relate?
This is where I found my faith meeting my fear, my frustration, and my sense of failure. You see, all too often when I have been faced with problems I find myself asking God why this was happening or how could He make it better. I guess you could say I had grown accustomed to praying my problems away. Now, God is sovereign and is control of everything but more often than not, our biggest lessons are in the biggest trials.
God knows this but the enemy does too. That’s why when problems occur the seeds of doubt and fear are the first things to sprout up in our minds. If we aren’t careful, we start playing the victim and start doubting God’s goodness and faithfulness. When we do this it’s easier for the enemy to whisper lies to us and distract us from being who we were created to be, God’s messengers to a lost and dying world.
So although last week came with more challenges than expected, I found myself looking at my problems in a different way. I found myself saying “God, I don’t know why this is going on but I want to face this problem with You because in You I am more than a conqueror.”
I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that the God who created the entire universe and not only knows every soul and their problems but cares for them with unconditional love calls me His daughter. That even when the storms of life come my way, He offers me a solid place to stand with a peace that passes all understanding. That even when I doubt him he remains faithful. That he pursues me and captivates me each and every day if only I open my eyes and my heart. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
One of my all time favorite verses is 1 John 4:4 which says, “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
What better reminder do we need when we feel beat down or discouraged by this world? Remember just to press on, fix your eyes on Jesus, and keep fighting the good fight. By doing that, you are guaranteed a victory because our God has, is, and will always be undefeated. 🙂