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As Christians we love to quote scripture but not so much to live them out. We love to proclaim bold scriptures such as “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” although we often skip the ‘in all these things’ part. I don’t know what we think we are more than conquerors in when we don’t embrace battles. We boldly declare or shout scriptures such as “Praise be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Victory from what? The very essence of victory suggests some form of friction, incongruence, battle or war. What do you do when you’re facing a mountain and commanding it to move and be thrown into the sea and it laughs back at you? What do you do when you’ve declared and decreed till you’re blue in the face and it all seems to reach the roof and bounce back? What do you do when your aim for goliath eludes you?
This may play itself out in various situations like a constant difficult work situation that has you thinking of faking your own death rather than showing up. Maybe it’s a marriage that is quite literally holding on by a thread, or waiting for marriage that might not come. What about a crippling financial situation with no end in sight or a child who’s so wayward it looks nonredeemable? Whatever it may be, it may look like God has forgotten your address and the situation remains despite your fervent prayers.
Jesus prayed in Matthew 26:39 “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Three times in His time of great distress, Christ implored His father to remove the obstacle but for a greater purpose, His loving Father looked away. Job’s sin was to be faithful and upright and calamity fell on him.
What I’ve learnt is that God will not always solve our problems by ensuring we avoid them or by taking us out of the situations. There will be times where we are rescued out, but in my experience, the way through seems to be the norm. So when I internalize the fact that some situations will not be quick-fixes, I remain at peace in the knowledge that He’s got my back. That somehow when I’ve done all to do and the situation remains, then all I can do is continue to stand. It’s in those moments when I’m going through the valley of the shadow of death, that the second part makes sense, “I shall fear no evil for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Your breakthrough might tarry, but His love is sure. Some situations might take longer than we anticipate or appreciate but He will do His work in us. Still yet, some situations might not change at all. So then what do I do in the meantime? The below sums it up…
“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
Stay strong, keep the faith. His grace is sufficient for you.