There’re times when our planes doesn’t go as planned and the most challenging part is when at certain point in our lives we don’t see ourselves where we thought we would be by now despite of all our efforts and all the right decisions.
There’s very little that we can control. We often get angry with God when we don’t understand why things aren’t working out as we planned them and all we’re left with is the what if’s. “What if God don’t act now? What then? What if God don’t answer my prayers today? You just like to see me suffer? What if you don’t hear me at all? What if the answer is no? God don’t want me to have a good life?” If you invest your thoughts and emotions in the unknown it will eventually wear you down.
Faith can help us not only through those challenging times but also strengthen us. Part of faith is not understanding and not knowing, mainly accepting and letting go, asking for guidance and trusting God.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV
There are many devices (thoughts or plans) in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel (purpose) of the Lord , that shall stand. -Proverbs 19:21 KJV
We must learn not to wrestle with God’s purpose in our lives and come to trust in God more. In Genesis 12, God called Abraham to go out of his own country and to go into a land that He would later show him. Please note that Abraham had no plans of his own to go to another country. Second, when Abraham departed from his own country by the command of God, according to Hebrews 11:8, God had not shown him which way he shall go but Abraham walked by faith not knowing where he was going and yet he found himself in the midst of the place God wanted him to inherit.
This is a difficult thing to do for a lot of us because we were taught to overthink, understand, calculate then act and react. Therefore we underestimate the power of faith and the impact it can have in our walk with God. Faith is something powerful and incomprehensible at the same time. Therefore when we activate our “overthinking” mode we’re doomed to fail to walk in the power that is made available for us through Jesus Christ.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? -Matthew 14:28-31 KJV
Peter drowned because He was overthinking the situation instead of simplifying the situation with the attitude of faith, ex: “The Lord put me here, He is also able to sustain me“.
I know how it is to sometimes wish you could replace God’s will with your own, but faith has a way to plant an assurance in someones heart that God’s will is perfect and your very own is not.
I can’t explain all the visions of God and obedience toward God that faith has helped me make and come out of my comfort zone.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. –
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
First step in growing in faith, it’s to be fully committed to come out your comfort zone and believe that God will sustain you according to His Word regardless of your situation or consequences.
Blessings, Yours in Christ, Timothy Jeremiah