How many of you have so much going on that it is all overwhelming you? This could be something that comes in spurts or never seems to let up. I have experienced both, and have learned; and am learning that being worried and frustrated is the worst thing that we can do. Jesus counseled His disciples about being filled with worry as He said, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature” (Luke 12:22-25 NKJV)?
Instead of being overwhelmed by the problem and its seeming consequences, you must rather see and expect resolution even when you don’t know how it will be accomplished. Continue to do what you can to resolve the issue even when you don’t understand how your actions can accomplish that task.
Continue to move and act in a manner by which you are attempting to resolve the issue or issues, as your listen for the lead and instruction of God the Holy Spirit. Do your part. Do all that you can, while believing that God will resolve the issue, one way or another, to His glory and your eventual well being.
Do what you do as an act of faith, but never as an act of taking the place of God, or momentarily ceasing to trust God, like Abraham did when he got impatient waiting on the promised son from God. Abraham’s faith wavered momentarily when Abraham listened to Sarah’s advice and attempted to bring forth a son through Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden.
This was not God’s plan and way. Instead of trusting God, and continuing only to be sexually intimate with His wife alone, Abraham took it to the level in which he momentarily ceased to trust God. He attempted to bring forth the promised seed, but ended up bringing forth a child who would be the father of nations in conflict with Israel throughout history. You must make sure not to do that with your issues in life. Do what you can as you act fearlessly against what comes against you; but always act in a way that manifest and reveals your faith.
All you need to understand is that your positive actions, along with a faith filled, determined mind and heart that trust God to resolve the seemingly oppressive issue, expresses a living and active faith. The issue can only oppress you if you lose focus upon He who is greater than the issue, or issues at hand. However, it is essential that you believe that God is using your circumstances and that situation for your good and His glory.
Your attitude must be, “Lord, this is where you want me today. I don’t understand it, but I accept it. And I thank you for allowing me to be an instrument for your glory in this matter.” Do this even while the bullets of hate are firing at your head. Do this even when the house is on fire. Do this even when the children are giving you a difficult time. Do this even if the world seems to be falling apart. Do this when your pockets are empty, and you don’t know what to do—trust God! That is what you must do.
When you do this, you are focused on the glory of God and not acknowledging the power of corrupt and harmful circumstances over you. Instead you are acknowledging and living actively in faith and believing that God will act in your behalf.
Who wins when the essence of your being: your mind and heart are fully with God. Remember Daniel in the lions den. Do you think that he was living an active faith with his full trust in God? Or do you think that Daniel was wondering which lion would get to him first. Daniel is the perfect illustration for what I am telling you.
Live in the faith and power of God, like Daniel. Do not live in the fear of men, seeking the glory of men, like King Saul, who lost the Kingdom of Israel to King David, a man after the heart of God.
King David was a man of faith and action like Daniel. And even though Daniel was a prophet, and David was a warrior king who happened to have the prophetic gift also, the two had very different and distinct callings on their lives. Yet they both lived in the same living faith described above. Their actions revealed their living faith. This same living faith is available to us all today. Our Father and His Holy Son are the same God today as they were yesterday and shall be tomorrow. Start living for Him! Let Jesus show you that He is the only SUPERMAN! On top of that, He is God also!
Alan A. Charity Th.D.