What are the circumstances you are struggling with just now? Are you trusting God in this circumstance? Is your faith for the small things or is it big enough to believe the Lord for the bigger concerns in your life?
Do you see God as big enough? If not, problems may seem too big, and your failures may seem insurmountable, and your peace may be adversely affected by your trials. It’s time to remember that God is the same God who delivered the Israelites from Egypt, kept Daniel safe in the lion’s den and was present with the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. Do not allow your inability to comprehend how big God is to limit the plan He has for your life.
If we are continually comparing ourselves to others and feeling as if we don’t measure up, we will be powerless to use our gifts and talents to glorify Him and bring the joy we long for in our lives..
In Numbers 13, a scout team had been sent into the Promised Land and reported that it was flowing with milk and honey. However, in addition to their positive report, they add a but… The downside is that in this land of promise there are giants. Men so large are reported that the scouting team is made to feel like grasshoppers. They momentarily forgot God’s provision and guidance to the nation of Israel in times past. They neglected the fact that He had always kept His promises. Instead of seeing the potential, they concentrated on the problems in the promised land.
God came to give us a full and joyful life, not a life lived from crisis to crisis. He never promised a life free of problems but He did promise a life never free of His presence.
Someone once said that, “The problem with Christianity isn’t that it has been tried and found wanting; but rather that is has been found difficult and left untried.” Are we giving up in our darkest hour, because we aren’t taking God at His Word and living in the light of His promises?
Are we prepared to face life’s ups and downs? Or are we exerting too much energy on things that distract us from going deeper with God? The storms of life will come. It’s not a matter of if, but when!. It may be time to step out of our comfort zone and into God’s capable hands and allow Him to fulfill the work He wants to do in us.
We truly recognize the potential in our promised land, when we realize that God is at work in us and through us and that He specifically gave us the talents we possess to be used for His glory. His design for us is unique and special, and He reveals His plan for us step by step. His expectation of us is simple obedience.
William Hulme said, “Because I know the WHO, I can handle the WHAT, even without knowing WHY.” If we are unwilling to believe this, we will probably see more problems than potential in our promised land. The Giants will make us feel like a grasshopper and will crowd out the view of our land of milk and honey.
God’s plan and His timing are perfect. The wisdom of His plan is that He wants to lead us into the promised land. He will do so if we hold on to His promises and rely on His Word. Follow in His footsteps. Celebrate the wonderful creation you are – and use and enjoy the talents that you have been given. Be an inspiration to others, rather than murmuring because you do not do the things they do. Allow God is help you discover the things you do well and do them with all your might as unto the Lord! (Hint: The passion God may reveal in Your Life, may be in the places where He has allowed you to be wounded the greatest!)