Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Rejoicing when you are hopeful is simple, but being patient in tribulation is another thing entirely. When we enter seasons of strife all we want is for it to resolve quickly. But sometimes God needs to soften the clay and do some molding. Prayer is our direct connection to God, a relationship-building mechanism we should use, not only in these times, but regularly.
God is good! He’s with you always and will never forsake you. He loves you more than is humanly possible!
In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Billy Graham, in his dark night of the soul, prayed this, “Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith. I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word.”
There are many who read God’s word with a highly intellectual approach. They utilize their human wisdom in the hopes of understanding God. I call those people Diggers. They have a hard time taking God’s Word at face value and they pull out their shovels, searching through every resource. For me, I take God’s Word literally and accept it as that. I may not understand everything the first time I read it, but God’s Word is living and more wisdom is gained with each reading of it. It’s good to get the historical context to better understand biblical truths, but trust that it is fully inspired by God Himself!
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
We will never fully understand what God is doing and how He operates while we’re here on Earth, we simply have to cultivate our trust in Him. Rest on the fact that God is good, that He wants you to live a good life, and that when you see Him face-to-face, all will be revealed to you.
“It is not the ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.” – A.W. Tozer
The ability to choose between right and wrong, as well as, the ability to interpret when God is doing something is all part of discernment. To sharpen these abilities, you must read and understand God’s Word and ask God for the wisdom to understand how He is working out a given situation. You cannot pass a test without studying. God reveals Himself through is Word.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
We must never forget our main purpose here in the world, to make disciples. As followers of the Living God, sharing our faith and introducing people to Jesus is a command. This world is full of people heading full-speed down a wide and crowded highway that leads to eternal separation from God. We should shudder to our cores at that thought and be willing to go outside of our comfort zone, leaving the 99 just as Jesus would.
Doubt is to have your mind divided over something. Some people doubt their salvation, heck, Charles Spurgeon did. I know for me sometimes it’s my discernment. Whatever the case may be, doubt doesn’t come from God, it’s a weapon of the Enemy.
When doubt enters your realm, go to God immediately, asking Him to make sense of the situation and to make things clear.