There’re times when our planes don’t go as planned, and the most challenging part is when at a certain point in our lives we don’t see ourselves where we thought we would be by now despite 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 imagined, and all we’re left with is the what “if’s.” “What if God doesn’t act now, what then? What if God don’t answer my prayers today? Does God like to see me suffer? What if God 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 is an ability, not necessarily an Understanding

Not only does faith fill us with hope through those challenging times, but it also strengthens 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.

Abraham’s example of faith

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. Still, Abraham walked by faith, not knowing where he was going, and yet he found himself in the place God wanted him to inherit.

The things of faith becomes a difficult thing to do for a lot of us not because it’s difficult in itself but because we tend to overthink, must give sense to our intelligence, calculate then act and react.

Overthinking

Faith is something powerful and incomprehensible at times. 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 analyzing the circumstance with the attitude of faith, ex: “The Lord put me here, He is also able to sustain me “.

We like to overthink things, not realizing the negative effect that it can have on us. Keep in mind that we think all the time, but it’s how much time you spend thinking that can become a problem.

What’s even more crucial is to know the distinction between meditation and overthinking and their benefits and disadvantage.

Meditating will lead to more depth and sensitivity of the guide of the Holy Spirit.

Overthinking will dismiss your sensitivity and responsiveness to the supervision of the Holy Spirit.

I know how it is sometimes to wish you could replace God’s will with your own, but faith has a way to plant an assurance in someone’s heart that God’s will is perfect and your very own isn’t.

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

The first step in growing in faith, it’s to be fully committed to come out of your comfort zone and believe that God will sustain you according to His Word regardless of your situation or consequences.

 

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