By: Rick L. King
February 14, 2012
Often times we go through some struggles that are tough to bear. We seem to be able to trust the Lord when all is going smooth, yet when the times get tough our trust seems to go out the window. We end up taking matters into our own hands as we don't want to go through some things. God has His ways and His own time schedule for all things. It becomes a real test of patience and we find out if we are truly trusting Him or not. We know He says many things in His Word but do we truly believe them when push comes to shove?
I think of this scripture:
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Patience means that we must wait on the Lord. Is it always easy to wait? Does our flesh get all excited when it must be denied the things that it needs or wants? No way: it is a real struggle at times. We wonder did we hear right? Often we get in a hurry and try to help God out. He does not need our help. What He wants is our obedience and trust. Actually we are striving when we take matters into our own hands. We end up frustrated as it just doesn't work out the way we hoped. (Frustration is the fruit of the flesh not of the spirit). The problem is our lack of trust and patience keeps us from getting what God has in mind. We end up taking the devil's substitute instead. When the Lord does something or provides we learn the scripture that we are perfect and entire and wanting nothing. When we do it, we always end up in lack. The Word tells us that without faith that it is impossible to please him. He also says that the just shall live by faith. Faith means that we wait on Him and stand by faith though we see no evidence. God also says that what is not of faith is sin. How often do we get into sin because we do not wait on Him?
I know of people that walk by faith when all is going well. When the pressure comes the fear seems to take over and they get into self-works. They have to have what they want or if God doesn't do it in their time schedule, they think they are in trouble so they do it themselves. Will they get what the Lord has in mind? Most likely not as God honors faith. Fear is from the devil.
The question then is: how big is your God? Will he do what He says that He will do when all looks grim? Are you willing to hold on by faith though it may kill you to do so? There is a scripture that says:
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
I think of King Saul when God did not answer him. He failed to trust the Lord and took matters into his own hands. Look at the results.
6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
1Ch 10:13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;
It pays to wait on the Lord. Is our trust just words or when we have our backs against the wall do we still trust the Lord or do we take matters into our own hands? This is something that God changes in us as we learn to be patient and wait upon Him. It is not always the end result that is most important but it is the change in us that happens during the period of waiting. God is always perfecting something in us that it much more important than what we think we need or want. Remember miracles happen when there is no other way for man to do something. We may miss a miracle of the Lord if we get hasty and in control. It is time to let go and let God. He is able. He is a big God.
I am a 63 year old Born-Again spirit filled Christian, that has been saved for 30 years. Jesus found me when I was suicidal. I learned real quickly that I was powerless to be in control of my life, so I let Jesus take over. He has chosen me to be a warrior for Him. WE win, if we fight His way.
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