That’s right, I said it. If you are unable to accept God’s great love for you, because it may seem too good to be true, or may seem to have periods in which it is seen and others in which it is not… this one’s for you.
You may generally have a good grasp of your reality, and are moving within it. You may be doing an excellent job while you are at it, of doing what it is that you are supposed to be doing. You are also miraculously able to keep your faith.
It is easy to assume that the reason for your faith is you constantly talking to God, praying, asking for answers and faith. Better yet, all seem to be praying for patience… patience to sit in contentment of His will…Right? Yes, sometimes, no? Trying to get there? Yeah, I hear you.
Let’s take this a little deeper. If in fact we are of the mind and spirit that God answers prayer, and that He is in fact listening, does it make sense that we still despair? This may be a part of the human condition, but if we in fact are dealing with a supernatural force, does this aspect of humanity not get rendered useless?
It is understandable if I were being attacked and had nothing to defend myself with. I wonder how high my confidence level would rise if I found myself holding a weapon that stops short any thought of attack.
My weapon would have to be significantly more powerful than my threat would be. If I was holding this weapon in my hand all day, every day… would I have any reason to fear for my well being?
God gave us the Victory in Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:57). Did you hear that? He did not start off by giving us the tools (weapons) to fight for a successful life with, He first gave us the Victory. Once we accept this, Christ then works to show us where we are, could be, and how.
He hands us the tools, and with each walk and talk with Him, advises, cautions, encourages, motivates and rectifies the use of what He has given to us to fight the good fight. He turns us from victims and casualties, into soldiers, protectors, promoters, commissioners of Peace, and servants of those in need.
It is in accepting the least titles in the world, that He gives us the ultimate and choicest of His tools. It catches the enemy off guard. It brings home the most saints. That which belongs to, and is rooted in Him, have the foundations that belong to that which created the Earth. The Titanic did not stand a chance against the natural foundations of the cute little white iceberg. You get it.
The problem is that we are not listening. We allow troubles to take our joy away, and then start worrying that we are losing faith. Then we start doubting that we even had sufficient faith to begin with, and look at ways in which we can display the little faith we think we have.
We claim the overall salvation of Christ, and then fearfully walk around the world, trying to dodge every painful thing out there. We act as though we are alone, when in fact we keep professing to the world that we are with God.
If that were so, we would have many more bold people stepping out into their paths, and contributing to fellow brothers and sisters as God meant them to. If we were what we believed, we would be nudging along a whole lot of seemingly stuck people, and pointing out the good that is their life. That is all that we need sometimes, when we feel like we are dying under our deeply personal and closely held fears and problems.
It is our fear of acknowledging that in fact that which is Greater than All that ever was, is or is to come, loves us all deeply, and very, very much. So much so that He has strategically placed Himself in all corners of our lives should we feel lost and seek Him out. He answers prayers.
Never, ever get this twisted. God is not man that He should lie (Num 23:19). Now we already agree that He gave us the Victory in Christ. So now if God said:
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).”