FAITH IN THE MIDST OF FEAR

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There comes a time in all of our lives where we find ourselves in a situation we never imagined ourselves being in.  We find ourselves at a crossroads where we have no clue where we are to turn.  We are facing many options and we have no way of knowing which one to pick because we have no ability to look into the future to see how our choices would play out.

I’m familiar with this type of situation because I had to make a hard choice in my life after all options had been exhausted.  I had hoped that I wouldn’t have to make that choice but I also prayed that if it did come to that, then I would have the strength to do it.  The last thing I wanted was to feel like a failure.  Which I did, but I also began to see that by taking myself out of that situation, I no longer lived with the doubts and the constant “what if’s”.  I was also hoping that by making that decision, there would be a different outcome, but there wasn’t.

As Christians, we say we have faith in God and that we trust Him in all things.  We can easily say that when things are going well, but when everything around us is crumbling at our feet, it gets a bit hard to say that, much less believe it.  In the case of Job in the Bible, he lost all of his wealth and all of his children and many of his servants ALL IN ONE DAY.  Then to make matters worse, he was struck with a skin disease and was left to sit on the ground scraping his sores with a piece of broken pottery.  Yet through all that tragedy, Job still said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  Of course his wife had other opinions.  She was angry.  She told Job to curse God and die.  To which he reminded her that God gave them good things, were they not to also accept the bad things?

When we are faced with trials in our life, when we see everything we hold dear falling apart around us, it is then that we wonder “do I really believe that God will take care of me?”  This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak.  We’ve had that belief safely tucked away in the back of our minds, “yes, I believe that God takes care of me”, but that was when everything was hunky-dory.  That was when it was all rainbows and roses.  Now that we have this deep, dark, nasty trial staring us in the face, all of sudden we’re not so sure.  But, that is par for the course.  That’s part of being human.  It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety because we cannot see what lies ahead.  We don’t know what the future holds for us.

Going through these trials, it’s possible that we’ll be faced with making a hard decision.  And that’s scary.  But, we can’t just go headlong, full-speed into making decisions.  It definitely takes much thought and much prayer.  This is where our faith and trust in God will need to be strengthened.  God will help us through whatever trials come our way and He will guide us in whatever decisions we have to make.  I know that’s easy to say on this side of the computer, but it’s also easy to say when you lived through it and are a few years removed from the situation.  I look back at what I went through and all I can think is, “God really took care of me because I never thought I could make it on my own.”  But, that period of time showed me of what I was capable of doing.  I spent nearly 3 years living in a rental house, and 3 months living in a travel trailer before I was able to get my own place and to top it off I was making repairs to my house while still living there.  I was living in a construction zone…..with NO kitchen!!  There were months of hard work and at some points I was thinking “why me?” but I kept working away because I really had no other option.

Whatever you’re going through, if you’re a Believer, know that God will not abandon you.  He will be with you every step of the way.  And know that whatever happens, even if it may not be what you wanted or expected, take a deep breath and say, “Okay, God.  I trust you in all this.  Where to next?”  As His child, He won’t leave us on our own to figure things out.  We may not have a video of everything playing out before our eyes to see where we’ll end up next, but He will guide us one step at a time and He’ll do it in His time.  We just have to keep trusting.

 

 

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