I’ve been spending time in the Psalms lately. Usually when I park there it’s because something is going adrift in my life and I feel some understanding pouring from those pages. Life can be tough, it can beat you up a bit and knowing that people have faced troubled waters since the beginning of time can bring a measure of comfort. Reading words penned thousands of years before our existence and being able to relate to them tells us that we don’t face anything new when it comes to the trouble life throws at us.
Being a Christian, an heir to Christ, doesn’t grant us immunity from difficulties, disappointments, or sickness. What it does do is give us is the ability to deal with it differently. We have a place to go when they do happen, and so, we never walk alone. God will give us wisdom in situations to handle them with grace, He gives us comfort in the disappointments so they don’t turn into discouragement or offence, and He offers healing in our sickness. We never walk alone; He’s the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
When things in life throw us off our game we can very easily take on a mindset of negativity and defeat. We can turn our focus to how things never seem to work out the way we need them to, other people have better ‘luck’ than we do, we never seem to have a ‘happy ending’. This creates an atmosphere where the enemy can turn everything into a negative experience and point the finger at how God is letting you down. Have you ever found yourself there? God must be unhappy with me if this is happening. I must’ve done something to offend Him. I must not have enough faith.
I’ve been there. In fact, when our daughter was born with a congenital heart defect I had someone tell me it must be because I didn’t have enough faith, and I’ve heard that same thought repeated frequently in all aspects of healing. One thing I know for sure: that one statement did a lot of damage because for a long time, it left me feeling responsible. Holding on to that responsibility made me feel guilty. How could I have done that to my daughter? And it left me feeling like God was punishing me.
God’s grace has brought me out of that mindset and has left me aware of how our thought patterns take us into His presence or cause us to run further from Him. When I feel like I’m in a situation, for example, where people are spreading false accusations against me or someone I love, I ask God to show me how He can use this situation for growth. He gives me wisdom in it and what I’ve found to be consistent in these times of trial is how my faith in His love for me grows. I can choose to believe He’s against me or I can choose to believe that there’s a purpose in it, deeper than my natural understanding can see.
Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
God hears your voice, He hears your requests, and knows your struggles. He hears you ask for freedom, for comfort, for provision, for supernatural undertaking, for peace, and the list goes on. Now, wait in expectation, wait and expect, tell yourself how good and faithful He is and believe that He hears your cry and will provide all that you need.