You must be able to lift your head in the midst of the dark situation and see the bigger picture of the opportunities in front of you. While Paul was in prison, he was filled with joy that the Gospel is preached and people are encouraged through his situation. He chose to see the outcome of his imprisonments in a positive way. Philippians 1:12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.
Joseph knew how his future looks like and that helped him the see good even after his brothers sold him. He understood that his situation was necessary in his journey. Fill your mind with positive thoughts, remember that you cannot rise above your confessions. Genesis 45:4-5 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.
The wilderness is not always a place of doom and gloom. It might be necessary to pass through it for what God want to accomplish. Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. It’s easy for us to associate times of trial with the devil and remove God from the situation. It is at this very moment of trials, where we need to be close to God. It is at the moment of trial where the voice of the devil is more louder. James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Proclaim the Word of God, the promises of God upon your life and your children. Speak positive in that sad situation. May your faith be increased to triumph over the the challenges
In times of trials, you either hear “My grace is sufficient” or you hear “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
Know that God is close to the brokenhearted.
When we pray, we expect Jesus to come and attend the situation now. We keep repeating our request because we don’t have faith. Jesus only ask that we trust and believe that He will never forsake us. He is there in our storm and in our sickness. If Jesus ran to attend to Lazarus when Mary and Martha called, the healing miracle would not have been bigger that the miracle of resurrection. John 11:1-6 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days.
Learn to Trust God.
God is always there for situations we cannot handle on our own.
We spend most of the time praying about things we are capable of doing on our own. God want us to trust him on those that seems impossible. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God trust his design and never loose sleep because we are crying for things we can do on our own. God want us to trust him and believe on the promises He has made. He promised that he will always be there with us. Sometimes it might seem like he is not there but in due time when that situation rears it’s ugly head, he’ll come and take control of the situation. Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
The angel only walked with Peter till the gate and trusted him to walk the rest alone.
Every stage of your life is known by God. Where you are now is not a surprise for God. The disappearance of Kish’s donkeys was divine incidence. It caused panic to the family but to Samuel, it was Devine incident.1 Samuel 9:15-16 Now the LORD had told Samuel the previous day, “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”
Undesirable things happens in our life and we are quick to attribute it to Satan. God promised never to leave us but we always think of the presence of the devil than the presence of God in our situation. During the time Job was facing difficult loss of his children, it looked like God has forsaken him but everything was approved by God.
When good things happens, we bless and praise God but when bad happens, we think God is not aware. We only expect the good things and are never prepared for disappointments. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Thank God for everything in your life.