Most of us, when we find ourselves in trouble, panic and begin grasping at straws trying to figure a way out. By calling our so-called friends or family members for advice. TV ministries for prayer who only end up asking you for money. When you are in a plight yourself! Or boxing with frustration and fear. Only to wind up in the corner of the ring with a towel over your head.
We end up calling everybody of which we can think. Instead of calling on God.
That is why David said, “Wait on the Lord and be of a good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait I say on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14) Simply put, David was telling us to hold fast to our faith amid our hardest battle. He could do it while running for his life some eight years from King Saul. Had it not been for the LORD’S protection, David would not have survived.
We need to stop asking everybody’s opinions and get before the One opinion that most matters. All things begin and end with Him. He is Alpha and Omega. He knows your end from the beginning. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
We have been depending too much on people and not enough on God! Because we think in finite parameters instead of the infinite promises concerning God’s word to us. Here, we need revelation. Without a relationship with God; we cannot possibly receive the revelatory knowledge or the discernment we need to get us out of situations. Or sustain us while we are in them.
Why do we need revelation? Some places we are in because we are about to go to the next level—so God allows the pressure to increase. But, all the time the situations we are in are not of the enemy. Look at Job’s situation and look at Jonah’s predicament. They were both in peril. But, one was in a trial because of his righteousness. While the other was in peril because of disobedience? Which one are you?
God was in control of both situations. Satan requested permission to test Job because of how good the LORD had been to him. And not only did the LORD suggest Job to Satan, but also gave him permission with stipulations. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. (Job 1:12)
However, in Jonah’s situation. But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. (Jonah 1:4) Because he was going in the opposite direction of God’s instructions. And though Jonah was fast asleep in the bow of the ship, everybody else was fearful and fighting to stay alive. (Jonah 1:5-9)
Ironically, Jonah knew he was the problem and admitted it. With his admission gave the mariners the solution to their dilemma. (Jonah 1:10-12)
And they too found themselves in a very dangerous situation until they obeyed the word of the prophet. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. (Jonah 1:13-15)
But in Job’s case, despite what the enemy threw at him—he trusted God explicitly. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:21-22)
What do these examples have to do with depending on God? Job’s dependence on God placed him in a position to receive double for his troubles. But Jonah’s rebellion to rely on himself instead of God’s wisdom placed him in the belly of a big fish praying to get out. (Jonah 2:1)
Although God gave Jonah a second chance to do the right thing. He went through hell and high water the first time. Which happens to most of us because we try to intellectualize our problems instead of taking them to the LORD in prayer and waiting for an answer. Which, by the way, is a fantastic survival tactic.
The bottom line—no matter the circumstance or how long it may last—what you need is already done. If you have the faith to believe and trust God as He promised.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
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