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When the Going Gets Tough …
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, it’s time for us to abandon ourselves to God. When our back is against the wall or our path is blocked by a mountain in front of us, it’s the hour for us to really cry out to God for His deliverance. Now is not the time for us to give up our faith, but to stand our ground and anchor our complete trust in the LORD our God. To be still, and know that He is God (Ps.46:10).
Our God is not a God of only the past or the future. He is also the God of the “now”; being very present to hear and deliver us in the fullness of His time within each season that we are in. There is a season when each of us receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour, followed by a season when He consecrates us to recognise and yield to Him more and more as our Lord, as well. A season of backsliding, perhaps. And, for some, a season of wilderness when He prepares us for the impending battles necessary for taking His Land of Promise for us.
Times and seasons will come and go, but Jesus -- the Word of Life, is the same yesterday, TODAY, and forevermore. Yeah, our God is ever present in season and out of season; He is in every season of our lives whether we recognise it or not. This may be too good to be true for us, but we ain’t seen nothing yet about our God. He is way too big for our mind to fathom. So, let God be God and let’s wise-up to what He is telling and showing us through His word and by His Spirit.
Truly, if God be for us, who can be against us? However, this comes with the qualification that we keep faith in Him. Psalm 34 records for us an instance of David experiencing the Lord’s goodness, when he feigned madness before Abimelech -- who drove David away instead of executing him. David wrote of himself: “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The Angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:6,7)”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego would not bow to any other gods even if it means risking their own lives. Esther did not abandon her fellow Jews, but arose in faith to stand in the gap on their behalf. Ruth entrusted her life to follow Naomi to Bethlehem and identified herself with the people and God of Israel. Rahab, by faith, chose to side with the people of Israel at the expense of patriotism. Cornelius, a Gentile, loved the people of Israel, and he and his household were saved and baptised with the Holy Spirit.
God sees our faith when we make the choice to be faithful and true to Him. He has this to say to concerning the church of Philadelphia, “… Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial, which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Rev. 3:7-13)”
We can give thanks to God in everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us (I Thes. 5:18). God has a plan to prosper us, to give us a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). He will never forsake His people and those who loves Him. He is all for us. When we take one step towards Him, He takes ten thousand steps towards us.
Noah did not have to etch out a plan for what is now the renown Noah’s Ark. God gave Him the plan. Noah’s part was to come under God’s guidance. As we do our part of sowing and watering our seeds, God will give the increase. When the ark was completed, God brought in the animals. God’s plan is bigger than ours. Not only does He saves us, but He also aim to accomplish His greater purpose through us. Best of all, He keeps us under His divine protection in the ark of our new covenant with His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. God shut the door of Noah’s ark when the flood came, and He will do the same TODAY for us who are in Christ.
When Jesus opens a door, no one can shut it. And, when He shuts a door, no one can open it. He is all for us who have kept His word and not denied His Name despite our little strength (Rev. 3: 7, 8). Everything is going to be alright because we are in Christ Jesus, the Ark of our Salvation. Never, never give up. Arise, strengthen yourself in the LORD, and fight the good fight of faith!
(All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982, by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
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