Psalm 119:68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy
Lately, God has revealed to us that we are in a time of “hiding,” almost as if planted in darkness as a seed, if you would. We have witnessed significant healing and words of knowledge. God has been good to us and those we minister to. But, it has simultaneously been a hard few months, months of intense prayer and worship. I’ve found myself seeking temporary relief from momentary feelings, assuming the time I spent seeking His face would result in Him becoming suddenly aware of my plight. When the going was tough during this time, I assumed He was far off, removed, and distant. When I felt better, I concluded it was His reward to me for spending time reading the Bible and listening to some good worship music.
I’ve noticed that I consistently lose my joy when faced with situations that require faith. To me it seems that if I have to use actual faith for a matter I immediately become despondent and go into “intercessory mode” – when you over think and over verbalise everything under the guise of prayer. I like to call this situational hopelessness. You become despondent in some challenging situations, but remain joyful and optimistic in other more promising ones. I believe this stems from the religious ideas that we need God to “show” us He is for real, always needing signs to validate His deserving of our faith. Religion is what brings the works of God into disrepute by having confines and measures of limitations of what He would and wouldn’t do for us. (Gal 6:12-15)
My friend, God is not a vending machine. You do not get something because of what you pay, you get it all because He already paid the price in full. When Jesus died for us He paid an eternal price, not a situational one. His love is sufficient for everyone, at any time, and every stage. If we can bring ourselves to start thinking eternally, not circumstantially, we will not be tempted to bow to the feeling of the moment, because our eternity has been redeemed. I have this problem of forgetting that He knows me, that He knows what He is doing and that He is good. I so often lose sight of the bigger picture and find faith dwindling. I tend to want to go at it alone. I lean towards the idea that I can twist God’s arm if I suffer duly.
It all comes down to trusting His heart for you. It is a matter of trusting that He will deliver on His promises. Do you know that He adores you? Do you know that He celebrates you and sings songs over you with joy? God is not into using you for entertainment. He is not a show master. God did not set out a destiny for you just to plunge you into the middle of it and leave you succumbed to the waves and fighting for breath. His intentions were never for you to run around like a child trapped in a maze, trying to figure out His plans and purposes. He derives no delight from your suffering. It does not serve His purposes for you to experience turmoil and confusion. He is Sovereign. What He has promised He can and will accomplish. He is good. He asks only that we trust in His goodness.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Smith Wigglesworth said that faith and love is kin, the measure with which you love God you will also have faith in Him. Mark 11:24 says whatever we ask, we should believe that we have already received it. Again, our hope should come from knowing our eternity has been redeemed in full. We cannot operate in situational faith and reactional joy. We need to operate with a hope that springs eternal. We need to consecrate ourselves to God in our thoughts. We need a relentless dedication to thinking only things that are pure and noble and praise worthy.
So when the doubts come, denying your heritage and the fear screams lies, and anxiety about the future overwhelms your thoughts – run to HIM. He has redeemed your future. He has called you by name. When you feel ashamed of the bigness of your dreams, and when the intensity of your desire scares you, know that He said the things He has planned for you has not even come up in your heart yet, they are that big. His thoughts for your future are great and full of hope.
We are learning how to walk out into the future. The church is meant to be a prophetic community, so we are in the present with God anticipating the future and our focus is ‘out there ’where our destiny is and where our promises are.– Graham Cooke
Galatians 5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.