Too much. Overwhelmed. Waves that keep coming. And coming.
Have you ever had a day like that? What about whole stack of those days one after another?
It’s easy to feel as though our experiences are different from the victories of the Bible, let alone the saving God who acted on the behalf of His people. If those thoughts are left to keep going unchecked, it’s just as easy to fall into the trap of another million implications:
–Am I doing something that is causing God to ignore me?
–If God is with me, why do I feel so alone?
And on and on it goes until we end up with serious questions such as “Does this (painful thing in my life) mean I’m not His child?”
No matter what our age or stage in life, we all have needs. Whether it’s the basic needs of nourishment and safety, or the complex needs for emotional support and understanding, we were created to need the gifts of God’s presence.
James 1:5-10 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect to receive anything from God, being double-minded in all his ways. But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high situation; and the rich man is to glorify in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will fade away.”
We need His discipline when managing our time. We need His love in our friendships. We need His nourishment to feed us from His Scriptures. We need His wisdom guiding the decisions in our life, from the media we consume to the places we go and work we do.
The good new is that, though we are not, God is able. He is able to give faith to the faithless; He alone can save us from the waves that doubt and trials bring into our life. And that focus on having faith in God takes away the confusion of double-mindedness.
Many days we feel like humble circumstances truly are our family members. In the eyes of the world, that’s a sad thing a shameful thing to be hidden or covered over by makeup and thriftstore-chic appearances. But in God’s Kingdom, we’re in a high situation – we have the most incredible inheritance and riches of grace!
Some of us are considered “rich men,” which the world celebrates as power, prestige, and privilege. But in God’s Kingdom, that loftiness of position is already decayed and worthless.
The hope of each day is the same: God.
The gospel (good-news) keeps breaking over every thing in our life like CNN’s steady stream of information. The gospel: with you in class, helping you to learn. The gospel: with you in the darkness of night. The gospel: with you in all human relationships. The gospel: God-with-us.
It is this kindness and generosity of God’s character that lead us to repent of sin (Romans 2:4). It is this God who gives us reason after reason to trust Him, to have faith in His deliverance, to hope in His coming to meet us where we are and bring us to Himself.
Check out this short, free study on God our Deliverer (under the “Resources” tab). Our prayer is that it will encourage your heart to trust Him more today, and be a resource you can share with others who need it also.
The Transform Team