You Will Not Be Forsaken...

5.03.2011

God will never forsake you, the enemy can never overtake you and your problems can never break you.

That is how our Pastor wrapped up an amazing sermon this past Sunday. His message talked about where we are right now and the situations that we're facing. I've heard sermons like this before, but messages like these are ones I need to hear more often than not.

How many times have you felt that the situation your in is unfair? How many times have you cried out to God, begging Him to remove you from the place He has you? How many times have you wondered why He put you there in the first place?

I have too many times to count. But Sunday morning I was reminded that God is in the business of making a way out of where He has placed me. And where I'm at right now, is not by accident and I am here because it's where God wants me. Too often, I want to put God in a box. A small box. I think that we know better and that I can do things on my own. And then when I'm faced with what we classify as unfair situations, we are overwhelming certain that we can get ourselves out of it a lot better and easier than the One that allowed us to be in it.

So going back to the 'why does God allow for me to be in unfair situations'-- it's to show me {all of us} that He, and He alone, is in complete control and surprised by nothing. He knew the things that would cause me pain, anger, sorrow and He knew what I would learn from those things...eventually. God does not explain His ways, He just expects us to trust Him.

Easy, right?

No. It's not. I know it should be, and I always say that I am and I always try. But if I'm being honest, trusting God is sometimes harder than whatever situation I'm facing.  But He knows that and He knew it before we even asked for His help {or didn't ask} in the _____ {fill in with whatever appropriate} situation. 

I have a suspicion that I've posted this quote before, but regardless, it's fitting:

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? --Evan Almighty

I have almost not wanted to pray for discipline in certain areas or patience in others for this very reason. I'm afraid of having to step out of my comfort zone to see the ways that God will stretch me. But praise Him for being God.

So if there is something weighing heavy in your life, a situation that seems impossible and like there is no way out, remember this; God makes a way out of no way.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.-- Isaiah 43:19

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.--2 Corinthians 1:20-22

If you ever need prayer, I am here. You don't even have to tell me what it is--just let me know you'd like for me to pray for you...God knows. 

He always has and always will.
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