Tuesday, May 13, 2014
One of the major surprises in the Christian life is the pop-up of unexpected circumstances when you know God has led you to do a particular thing or to go a certain way. We often think that God will protect us from all adversity when we know we are doing his will in our lives. However, while we discover that God does indeed protect us from many things, we also locate the truth that whatever trial he allows in our lives is there to develop something very good in us.
What is the opposite of being strong and courageous? It is being fearful and discouraged. When God told Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land, God told him to be strong and courageous. After further instruction, God told Joshua not to be terrified or discouraged because he would be with him.
God also wants us to trust him like that. I counseled a young man recently who went to a place he felt God led him to go. When he got there, he was astonished by some unexpected adversity. He began to doubt himself and wonder if he had made the right decision. I helped him understand that when God has led one to do something or go somewhere, one can trust they did the right thing in trusting God’s leadership regardless of the circumstances that arise. When we follow God in obedience, we can trust him with the consequences of that obedience.
We can “encourage ourselves in the Lord” by remembering all God has done for us while following his will for our lives. We can resist fear and discouragement because victory can be right around the corner. Even if victory is down the road, we will be strengthened with all the resources we need until we get there because the Bible says we are more than conquerors.
Human opinion disables and others cannot fully understand a spiritual directive given only to you. Trusting God protects you from what the Bible says is “the fear of man which brings a snare”. The most faithful woman that ever lived was Mary, the mother of Jesus. She trusted the spiritual and physical directive that God gave her. She had no idea how much human opinion would come against her, yet she trusted God despite what people thought. Many people, including Joseph, could not, at first, understand what God had given her. Mary trusted God to tell the ones that needed to know, and God did just that. Mary simply believed what God said despite the appearance of circumstances.
God’s word is very powerful. God’s word spoke everything there is into existence. Christ, who has set us right with God through his sacrifice for us on the cross is himself the very embodiment of God’s word.
We are very fortunate to have copies of the holy Bible available to us. Now, if we will believe what God has said in his word, the power of his word will be released in us.
“No one will be to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1: 5
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.