"There are some important things to consider before you answer the question. Do you really trust the Lord? That he is able, faithful and willing to do what he said he would? If we do, then why don't we pray or believe like we should? Why do we not cast our cares on him and leave them there instead of picking them back up and trying to do it ourselves? Bro. Wilkerson examines the passage in Jer. 17:5 "Cursed be the man who trusteth in flesh". This is a very important message for all. True faith in God results in an abiding peace and rest in your soul. When we haven't learned to trust God, he will bring us to a place of depth to train us to trust him no matter whats. God wants us to be prepared to trust him. He wants us to learn how to depend totally on him for everthing, completely surrendering to his will. Then comes the calm and rest. "
- David Wilkerson
There are moments in this journey when God allows the unexpected, the curve in the road, the twist in the plot, the moment we didn't see coming. Sometimes these moments are wildly amazing and victorious and build up our faith tremendously. These are the times when God shows up, answers prayers, and makes a way where no way existed before. Some of these moments however are different... things appear to not go as planned or seemingly don't pan out the way we think they should. ALL these occurrences are equally God showing up in His faithfulness and majesty. Yet, one scenario builds our faith and the other.... well, that's up to us.
When God has doors He is about to open, plans He is about to unfold, destinies He is unlocking, purposes He is pouring out, He always tests us. God will always test you before giving you more, and God will challenge you before sending you on your way forward. You see, it's really not about us trusting God, but about God trusting us. It is so easy to trust Him and be moved by His character and His awesomeness when things go "our way" and it's easy to know He's with us. For whatever reason, as humans, we default to leaning on our own understanding as soon as things don't happen as we planned. We panic, scurry, worry, gripe, complain, throw fits, shake our fist at God, all without stepping back and realizing that He's the same God who was in the moments of victory. God doesn't change, ever... it's only us who are tossed to and fro by the waves of life. It's only us who are moved by every wind shift of our emotions and imaginations. It's vital that we begin to train ourselves in those moments, to direct our minds right back to the truth of who God is and ask ourselves, what is my role in this moment? God is always the same and so it's me who He's calling in this moment to hold onto my faith, to continue to trust in His ways, to leave my burdens at the cross, to not allow the enemy to convince me that God is anything other than who He says that He is.
God allows the testing.... He did it to almost every great man and woman in the scripture. He is testing the condition of your heart, the fortitude of your faith, and the resolve of your trust. Never EVER forget who God is, and in those testing moments of life recognize that His greatest concern is not with your comfort or happiness but with your eternity and holiness. So, allow Him to do what His is doing, with faith that HE IS FAITHFUL.
Armor up saints.
Shalom. - Lea