Before Adversity; Guaranteed Success
I once read a letter from a friend that said, “Today I felt that everything fell apart in my life and that God forgot about me, I do not like these feelings. Lord, forgive me for feeling that way and I want you to know that I love you. Do not let go because all my faith is in you, because you’re the only one I can trust.”
At some point in life, we have all been on the edge of despair while facing adversity. There are times that, as children of God we feel as if everything is falling apart. However, everything has its time and season, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (NIV) Your trial has an end and cannot be eternal; everything that happens to you has a time line and cannot extend past the mandate of God. Take up strength, motivation, and courage to face those dark days ahead, always thinking that there is an end and it cannot continue beyond what God allows.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
I invite you to analyze, with me, some of the experiences men of God faced; they faced great adversity but did not faint, and did not judge themselves, but they knew the God whom they served.
Job fell during a time of despair, in which he began to fight with God, and at times condemning himself by thinking that what happened was a result of his sin, a judgmental or insensitive God. He finally understood that he was in the hands of an all powerful God, who created everything that exists and who with one breath can create and destroy everything. He was able to see that it was not a product of his sin or his humanity, but it was product of a time of trying and processes which were going to promote him to a greater glory. The Bible says: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)
John 9:1-3 registers the story of a blind man who was taken to Jesus; Jesus was asked who had sinned, the man or his parents. I think they wanted to determine what had caused such physical condition. Sometimes the enemy makes us think that difficult situations are the consequences of sin, spiritual stagnation, or a punishment from God. For this reason, we think that God is not with us, we grow far from him, and thus we fall into anxiety which may take us to depression, fear, panic attacks, etc. Due to fear, we believe that God’s anointing is not resting over the situation or control of our life, and so we lose hope, faith in ourselves, and in God as our father, lover, forgiver, and the restorer and all things.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV.)
It is possible that when complications arrive, while running towards your goal, you may feel like giving up and avoiding the voice of God when it tells you not to faint. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NVI) Persevere, “perseverance” includes the ability in learning how to try again, and remaining firm in the direction that will take you to the fulfillment of your goals.
For this reason, it is of great importance that you remain focus on Him who called you, because He is faithful. Everyday declare what the word of God says, “The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8