Have you ever had those days where you wanted to give up? Give up on everything because you are not really sure where the direction of your life is going? Or perhaps you get frustrated because you want certain things out of life and it just seems like you are not getting there? It can be a struggle trusting God. Trusting that God can deliver the big dreams that you hope for.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” –Jeremiah 29:11
So often times we look at the prosper part of the above verse. But before prospering there is a refining. A refining of our character to make sure that we are ready to step into the promise of God. Sometimes we have to endure something to make us into a better person. And even though we may not see it, God is working behind the scenes, putting the right people in place so that when the time is right, we can have the right opportunities.
But we never see things like that. When we do not see things moving the way we want them to move, how we want them to move, and as fast as we want them to move, it leaves us feeling frustrated with ourselves and frustrated with God. Frustrated with God’s because we do not see the fruits of our labor.
I have come to understand that being prosperous in God’s eyes may not look like being prosperous in our eyes. When we prosper in God’s eyes, it is for the greater good of God, not ourselves. Whatever God has called us to do, it will enrich His kingdom, and in the process of being goodness to God’s kingdom then we are also blessed as well.
But this is where the internal struggle begins. Because we want what we want, how we want it, and we do not want to see the bigger picture. In the end we must believe that God has the best for us and wants the best for us even though we do not understand what he is doing.
For those days where you see no end in sight and the days that you want to give up, you just keep going; trusting that God is leading you somewhere even if you do not know where. Or even if the path that you are going down does not look like what you thought it would look like.
The idea of Christianity it very simple. Either you can chose to believe God and all those wonderful things in the Bible or you do not. You can choose to believe that God is leading you in the right direction or not. You can choose to believe that whatever rut you are in right now is going to last forever or not. And although it seems like such a basic understanding of God, choosing to believe what God has told you can be both the hardest and easiest things that you can go through depending on your situation.
It can be hard to believe in prosperity when you are stuck struggling to pay your bills and always tittering on the edge of being broke. It can be hard to believe that you are going to be a parent after you have be diagnosed with infertility. It can be hard to see that God is going to bring something great from a difficult situation, when all you see is the difficult situation, and the difficult situations keep coming back to back.
But if we do not believe that God can do these things, then why believe in God at all? If anyone can turn things around and make things happen then surely, God can? If not Him; then who? And if not anyone, you would be stuck in the mind frame that your situation is permanent and will never change. And this simple statement is not the work of God; but the work out doubt and being fearful. And
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18