As I was studying God’s Word today, spending time in prayer, and journaling what God was teaching me, God began once again to convict me and to show me some truths concerning a present battle I am facing.
I am facing the battle of fear concerning a particular situation. Without relaying more details, let’s just say that this situation has been discouraging. In fact, in referring to the situation, I have used hopeless terms to describe it.
This morning, God began to speak to me concerning this battle. He began to reveal to me that the battle I am called to fight requires a long-term commitment and perseverance. It’s not a battle that is going to be won with a few “skirmishes.” Another way of putting it is that it’s not a “sprint” that I am called to run but a “marathon.”
God was reminding me that so often when God’s timing differs from mine, I begin to look to others, try to “help” God out by “fixing” the problem by my own methods or means, or begin to accept failure and mentally “check” the situation off as being a losing one and then try to find something else that appears to possibly be more successful.
God was speaking to my heart that the reason why I am not having victory is because I have written “failure” across the situation. I have assumed the battle is lost or losing so I begin to “back pedal,” compromising my belief in God and His promises and as a result, compromising my actions. Before long, what I fear comes to pass.
I believe God was prompting me to look at the significance of what I fear.
The question is, “What are we fearing today?”
What you and I fear will reveal the true condition of our heart and beliefs. They will also be a good indicator of where we are headed.
If our faith in God is solid, we will be able to see past the temporary discouraging distractions of our present situations to the eternal or “bigger picture” of God’s purposes and plans.
Faith is the “key” that unlocks our “spiritual eyes.”
We can know the truth, but until we believe/embrace it, we’ll never recognize or experience the reality of it personally.
Our relationship with God consists not in what we know about God but in Who He is to us. What is He to you?
You may say and know that God is gracious, just, righteous, compassionate, etc…, but is He your grace, your righteousness, your compassion today?
Who is He to you?