A lot of us want quick fix remedies for pain and suffering. We want God to come in and rescue us from our pain so won’t have to feel it anymore. We want to be able to control our emotions like a light switch. The truth is though, there is no switching off our emotions when it is convenient for us. There is no taking away of the pain without the lesson for which the pain was initially allowed. I believe that the worst type of pain that can be felt is rejection. At times, it can make you feel like the lowest, most worthless being on this Earth. However, I’m here to tell you that you are not alone and never were. Where you are, at this very moment reading this blog, is exactly where God intended you to be. It is no mistake or coincidence that you are going through what you are presently going through. Rest assured friends, God will not put more on us than we can bear and he has provided us with the way out of this feeling through Christ Jesus. There is nothing that we have or will experience that he did not bear and conquer first.
In Galatians 3:13, we read that as He hung on the cross, He bore all the curses of the world. Jesus had already gone before us in this path of suffering. In Micah 2:13 we read that the lord who breaks obstacles goes before us. All the emotions and feelings we feel in this state of rejection, He has already felt. So why not put your trust in someone who has already gone before you? We get so consumed in our situations that we are blinded to the promises God has waiting for us when we make it through. We WILL make it through because God has already provided the way! In Matthew 14:22-34, it tells the story about how Peter got out of the boat walking on water with his eyes fixed on Jesus. (24) Reads, “and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.” Jesus began walking towards them on the lake and they became afraid. Peter called out, “Lord if it’s you; tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said “come.” As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus; he was able to do the impossible, walk on water. As soon as peter was distracted by the wind and took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink and called out, “Lord, save me!” (31) Immediately Jesus reached out and caught him. “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Many Christians are starving because of their inconsistency in being believers and doers of the word. When things are going well we come to the conclusion that we can skip a day or two in our word, and that is exactly what the enemy wants you to do. Strength comes from reading the word and putting it into action. We must take up our crosses DAILY. We cannot miss a day because that leaves us open for attack from the enemy! Staying in our word however does not guarantee that we will not face adversity or rejection, but it gives us the tools we need to meet that adversity head on and conqueror it! It is easy to keep your eyes on the lord when things are good, but this issue most of us have is– keeping our eyes on him when our storms arise. We begin to sink as peter did when we focus more on our situations than on things that God has promised us. When WE try to “fix” our situations it’s like trying to remove an ink stain with a common eraser. We begin to lose faith, get down in the dumps, and head down a destructive path taking matters into our own hands. Though we get this way, God still has us in mind and all we have to do is call out for help and He will save us in due time. Some storms will not be removed immediately; He sometimes brings about storms in life just to test your attitude while going through it. The key to peace is to keep your eyes on Jesus and delighting yourself daily even when all hell is breaking loose around you. Do not focus so much on the storm that you miss the rainbow on the horizon. Keep your eyes on the way-maker so that you will be able to walk on water and achieve the impossible through the storms of life.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)