Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Last night as I was teaching a class on depression I fell into preacher mode and out came the sermon that our peace, our joy, our calm in the current troubles comes from KNOWING who God is and what He has already done in your life. Having a foundation of faith in the God who loves you is the one difference between victory and defeat that you can control.
Our feelings will tell us to be fearful, we are trapped, everyone is doomed so what's the use!?! But those are lies from Satan. It's not like we can flip a switch and change the situation we are facing but there are always choices we can make and realizing what is within our control and what is not makes a big difference. When those feelings of fear and distress hit you examine where they are coming from. You can be sad and cry but don't stay there. Wash your face and stand on what you KNOW! Remember what God has already done and know He has this too, even if you don't see it or feel it.
Last night I taught a class telling these ladies how to make it through the difficult, even unfathomable, events. Then I went home and rested a little while. About midnight my phone was ringing and I was dealing with an unfathomable event kind of long distance. And my heart was breaking for everyone involved. Even if I got into my car and drove there, there was actually little I could do. After things settled I once again begged God to do a supernatural thing only He can do. I pleaded, I even fell into the bargaining phase. I wondered why He hasn't already done something and fixed this situation, it's not an unreasonable request. I took up my Bible and read 5 or 6 Psalms and I was told through His Word to wait upon the Lord and He will strengthen my heart. He is working in the midst of this storm. I don't see it, I definitely don't feel it but I KNOW it. I hurt, I even cried, I want to fix it but I can't, it's beyond me. This morning I looked through my Facebook feed and there it was in several places, 'wait upon the Lord' 'He is doing a good thing'. I read a devotion and there it was again. As I was driving the following song played. My fear doesn't stand a chance when I'm standing in His love. I am fearful, I don't feel it and I don't see it but I KNOW God is acting in this situation and I'm standing on that promise.
I don't know what your challenge is but I do know you have one, that's how life works. You may not feel victory, you may not see any solution but you can KNOW God has everything under His control and He will work it out for your good and His glory. If you need assurances of this I can help you find it. If you don't know Christ come talk with me and I'll gladly introduce you.
Live your life in love