Do you find yourself in a constant battle whether to trust what you see in front of you or what God has planned? Do you ever ask “why God why”?
This is a question that I ask myself all the time. Reading and meditating today, I came across some stuff I wanted to discuss today. It comes from the book of Romans and the book of Micah.
God loves to reveal to me in so many ways that He is in charge and that I need to trust the plans that He has for me. I can recall times that I have wanted to go with what my mind perceived was necessary for the situation I had in front of me. Little did I know, this was Satan tempting me to believe that I needed to do something that was opposite of what God wanted me to do. Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me”. If I am listening to Satan and making his deceit my thoughts which become actions, then Satan has become the focus of my worship. Worshipping Satan means I stop worshipping God, if even for a moment. The times that I went with what Satan said, or allowed his lies and deception become my thoughts and actions, I often immediately felt guilt, regret and shame because it was not what God wanted nor was it what He was trying to reveal to me.
Romans 8:31-32: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
When I read this passage, I remind myself that God is always there, always loving me, always whispering His will and plan for me. The times that I choose to follow my own will and look to idols are the times I shut God out. Many of us in the world are guilty of this. This is why God allows things to happen to get our attention. Historically, He is well known for allowing things to happen by stepping aside when we say to Him through our actions that we want a life without Him. Though at the core of our souls, He knows this is not true. That’s why so many atheists in history have found God, even at the end of their life here on Earth. Satan’s mission is to keep our thoughts and our ability to hear God’s word disrupted. Hence, in Ephesians 6, we learn that God has armor for us to battle Satan’s demonic treachery.
The next passage that comes to mind is Micah 7:7: “Therefore I look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me”.
So many times in my life I have focused on the here and now of my circumstances instead of focusing on giving thanks to God that He has given me another opportunity to trust Him. This, in turn, gave me anxiety because I was so worried and focused on how I can get through the circumstances I was in versus getting on my knees and praying for God’s timing. Knowing that He would see me through my circumstances and that He was building me for the future that He had for me. As stated above, in these situations, I felt miserable because I wasn’t focused on God where I have experienced joy in the midst of turmoil before. I stopped trusting Him and started applying my own knowledge which is finite compared to the Father’s. The only time I felt joy in times like these is when it got bad enough I would drop to my knees and tell God that I submit to His will.
Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth. Stay safe everyone! I know that this is a trying time in our lives. I pray for all of you to keep the faith and trust that God has a plan for this, and for us.