Many times we have preconceived ideas of how we expect God to answer our prayers. When our expectations of how we think God should bring them to pass fails, we assume God has failed us too. But this is far from the truth. Most times we do not know how God will bring things to pass in our lives, and it is not our job to figure it out either. We must be careful not to presume He will work in our lives one particular way because we end up closing the door to any other approach He may take. Instead we are to simply trust Him throughout our ordeal. Our focus should not be on our problem, nor should it be on figuring out how God will work it out. Our complete focus should be solely on God and His word, fully trusting Him to take care of us whichever way that may be. It is only then that we have the strength to endure under the pressure.
Recently, my mother had a long awaited hysterectomy. She had fibroid tumors that were as the doctor described," as big as a 5 month old unborn baby." She has been dealing with this problem for almost 10 years. We had prayed a little, then a lot and then a whole lot. In the past few months, things have gotten pretty ugly. She had to have 2 blood transfusions in the process. My mom, for years, had the option of surgery but feared the aftermath. She dreaded what she thought would be a painful recovery, so she decided to keep her fibroids along with the trouble they caused her.
Some may ask the question, "Why didn't God just take the fibroids away from her?" We had prayed and hoped that would happen. I personally had expected God to miraculously cause them to pass through, but they did not. When things came to a head, my mom finally decided to go ahead with the surgery. The morning of her surgery, she woke up with complete peace concerning the decision she had made. Later we found out that my dad secretly thought she would back out at the last minute. But God saw my mother threw. He calmed her fears and strengthened her faith throughout the ordeal like only He can do. She is now fibroid free and is relieved it is all over!
My mom learned through that trial that it is not always how God works that we need to be concerned about, but it is the knowing that God works on our behalf that is important. Throughout my mom's trial, she trusted God would take care of her. Her focus was on Him and because of that He brought her peace. Trusting in God in the midst of our trial is the most important thing
If you are facing an unwanted trial, remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. Anytime that we refocus our attentions on our dismal circumstances, it will cause us to lose hope. It will be obvious that our focus is in the wrong place. When Peter stepped out of the boat, he walked on the water. He had his focus on Jesus and therefore his faith was solid, even the water and wind around him could not trouble him. The ground he stood on became solid because he believed. The impossible became possible. As we know, this was only short lived. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30) Notice Peter's downfall came when he stopped trusting Jesus and instead looked at what was raging around him? His biggest mistake took place when he took his eyes off Jesus because it was only then when the circumstances around him became overwhelming. His heart filled with fear; and therefore, his faith took wings and fled, while fear began to pull him under. Fear is ALWAYS the opposite of faith. The two cannot abide under the same roof.
The same is true in our circumstances. When we are filled with fear, we cannot see the impossible and our faith seems to vanish. Although Peter failed in staying above the water by taking his eyes off Jesus, he never forgot the source of his faith. For he did cry out to Jesus, when his feet began to slip. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. (v.31) Peter's faith didn't fail him completely as he understood the power behind his faith was in Jesus. He cried out to him for help. He had enough faith to know Jesus would save him from drowning under his circumstances.
We too can have that same confidence in Jesus. Keep your focus on Christ and He will see you through whatever trial you are facing. He may not answer how you think, but rest assure he will see you through.
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