“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. Then you will call upon me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me with all your heart. I will be found to you,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring you back from captivity (Jeremiah 29:11-14, NIV).
We all have different priorities in our lives. Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Finding ourselves in trouble, we all have a habit of running to people one after the other with our problems and still end up in the same dismay as we were. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The correct instruction finally would be received from Him and His word only. But we need a human perspective on things which would give us the instant satisfaction we need. Getting satisfaction from God’s plans comes through endurance of faith and patience.
Talking about one’s problems all around won’t give a solution but to be still and wait for His plans to be accomplished or asking God for the way to act is a mature Christian behavior. Yes, waiting tarries but trust that the Lord will never lead you to the situation that brings you ‘nowhere’. Giving up on Lord can be the easiest thing to do as many would, when they find themselves between few stumbling blocks. When you are passing through wilderness know that its God and only God who can bring you gloriously out of it. You might come out of your situation by your own untimely efforts, for the time being, but that would never give you the peace and satisfaction that your heart desires for. Insecurities will still hover around you. But if you proceed through the will of the Lord, which will be known if you ask for it, then your plans will be achieved in a way that you never hoped for and it would also secure you from further stumbling blocks that Satan would try to bring your way. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8).
Walking on His ways brings in peace which is not dependent on your situation. The Bible says, ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8). Once you trust God for all your needs the he helps you to endure the hardships that come your way. As Christians our lives are guaranteed of trials and The Word says, ‘blessed is the man who perseveres under trials, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12). With the perspective that God gives, when you trust on him fully, no situation would bother you the way it used to do before. Your efforts should not be halfhearted. Claim the promises that God has made for you which are given in The Word. Jesus said, “Ask and you shall be given” (Matthew 7:7). This asking and seeking for needs pressing on towards God with the hope you have on him and Jesus assures a reward for it. Our struggles should not be a matter of complaint for us but an opportunity to bring ourselves closer to Him and maturing of our faith.
‘And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen” (1Peter 5:10).
- Dr. Deepika Emmanuel Sagar