“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed” (II-Corinthians 4:8-9).
Job was a perfect and upright man, and one that feared God, and did everything he
could to avoid evil. Yet, in a single day Job lost everything—family and property, but he held his faith. For the servant of God, thinking in the way of equality, this would seem to be unfair. Why would our God allow this to happen to a man like Job? Theologians wrestle with this question, as well as, why God would allow this to happen to anyone that serves and loves Him? Anywhere we may find ourselves God is there with us, unseen but He is there. Job understood this and we must also.
You may be in a very unlikely and unfavorable place at this moment in your life; you may be in a hostile neighborhood, with little sign of the presence of God around you. You may be in an unpleasant workplace with all sorts of obstacles placed in your path to stall the advancement of your career. Some of us may be in a difficult marriage, relationship or family situation with our hands full of all sorts of challenges to living the good life. It does not matter! The God of our faith who has placed you “there” will come and dwell there with you.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be
added to you” (Matthew 6:31). We must encourage ourselves in the Lord, day in and day out! If the difficulties that you are experiencing are too much for you–more than you
could bear, God would have done away with them by now. Some of the things that seem to block our way to the good life may be for our very protection. It is an obstacle that God has put in your path for the exact purpose that He has in mind for His work in you and through you.
Remember, faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is a deliberate commitment to God
when you see no other way. The greater the difficulty the easier it is for faith to work. Recognizing our human frailties and acknowledging the power of the Spirit of God to work beyond all natural prospects is living faith. As long as there is a natural prospect that we can see, we believe that we can do. After the natural prospect fails, faith comes alive and overcome the obstacles. Adding new meaning to the phrase; “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”
“Always bearing about in the body, the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (II-Corinthians 4: 10). The apostle Paul is telling
us to stop worrying about the things that are going on around us and Jesus speaking to his disciples was quite pointed when he said; “I have overcome the world.” The believer must keep it at the front of his or her mind that Jesus suffered more than I ever will and gave more than I ever could. Jesus lived and died for me to have life abundantly. The life Jesus gave was the price God paid for the life you can have and not the life you are living. You need only to hold on to your faith in Him.
“Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you” (II-Corinthians 4:14). Accepting the truth of our professed faith that everything is accomplished through Christ and by Christ is the foundation of a
Christian life. Jesus Christ is then received in the heart of man as the Savior, Prophet, Priest and King, to be obeyed. Unless we are truly willing to grow in our belief that He lords over our hearts, lives and the entirety of creation, the obstacles, difficulties and challenges will persist.
“But not in despair.” As our faith grows so does our commitment to the agreement between the human mind and the human spirit to accept the truth of God’s revealed will. It is our commitment to the truth of the revelation, a complete trust and confidence in God’s character, and Christ’s teachings, with a total surrender of the human will to the power of the Holy Spirit that overcomes every obstacle. God’s time for mercy will come; it has come, if our time for believing has arrived. Ask in faith without wavering and never stop from petitioning the King, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. “Test yourself to see if you are in faith.” Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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