We presently live in a world where it doesn’t appear that any good can prevail in the midst of evil, and to be concerned alone with what we see would be a misjudgment.
Thus inspecting the world strictly through natural eyes, it’s easy to presume that the good gift from above (Jam.1:17) is declining, that holiness and spirituality cannot prevail and instead evil, injustice, and sorrows are increasing. While this is somewhat true, it’s not the entire truth.
“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Rev.12:12NKJV
The passage above could not be more accurate today than when it was revealed to John. However, our hearts should not faint by this; neither should we grow in despair, asking ourselves, “how can godliness prevail in the midst where darkness seems to rule even when we want to believe God is almighty?”
In the same book of Revelation, it’s affirmed that John heard a loud voice from heaven saying:
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Rev.21:4NKJV
The endurance of The Israelites & God’s rest.
The Israelites that dwelt in the wilderness also endured grave circumstances and, in some cases, even worse than us. Although, God assured that His presence would go with them to deliver them from any situation if they just kept the covenant.
To fulfill this promise, God instructed Moses to build a sanctuary for His presence to dwell. To explain the advantages of God’s presence, you can read in Ex. 33:14.
The rest described in Ex. 33:14 is to be regarded as God’s victory in your life in the sense that God will be your excellent aid and will put an end to your tribulations.
Yet we must learn to be patient and seek endurance before the Lord, for God works all things at His appointed time (Eccles.3:11).
The Lord’s appointed time can, at times, feel like a delay and result in you feeling like you are forsaken by God even when God’s presence is with you, but that’s when faith, hope, patience, and endurance comes in handy.
Gideon Questions Whether God Is With Him.
Take, for instance, Gideon, when after the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “The LORD is with you…” (Judges6:12)
Gideon immediately responded, “O’ my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? But now the LORD has forsaken us…” (Judges6:13)
When we don’t realize that those before us also had to consider God’s word trustworthy despite the trials, we are no different from Gideon, who ignored the testing of faith that the forefathers in God had undergone before witnessing such a glorious deliverance.
We tend to pay more attention to the results
and not so much on the process
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num.23:19)
Eventually, Gideon gained faith by counting God’s word trustworthy, and the same faith inspired him to act in the direction of an inevitable deliverance of the Lord.
Faith That Persuades Man To Do God’s Will
Therefore we know this trough scripture that faith that is in Christ inspires us to practice God’s word even in unfavorable times, which at the end leads to a favorable season.
The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand (Is.14:24)
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Now I pray that you find encouragement through this message, and may God lead you to His divine peace that can guard your heart and mind through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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