Eyes on God
Any seasoned saint is quick to tell you about God’s goodness, no matter the time, place, audience, or circumstance. There comes a point in a Christian’s spiritual journey where their relationship with Christ becomes more intimate; They have a deeper understanding of who God is, and thus, their faith is stronger. Strong faith knows to fully and wholeheartedly depend on Jesus to have the final say in all areas of life. Strong faith is a shift in mental focus from the worldly to the Heavenly, from the obstacle to the promise, and from a state of worry to a state of peace. Strong faith is a consistent practice of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Worrying or being frustrated during our wilderness seasons doesn’t mean we don’t love God or have lost our faith, but it does mean that it is time to call out to Him. The enemy is just as real as our protector and he’s out to destroy our faith in Christ. Satan will not rest in his quest for destruction, so we cannot afford to rest in continually seeking Christ. Scripture instructs us to, “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). When life is good, meaning our circumstances are what we want them to be, it’s easy to continue practicing righteousness and gratitude. It’s when we face trials and hardships that we find our spiritual strength burdened and our faith tested.
Beloved, we need to understand that there will be times when God is not delivering us from certain situations because He is developing us in the midst of them. Consider your trials and tribulations as tests, and in order to pass you must keep your focus and dependence on God as you make your way to the other side. When we are walking through the valleys of life, we must meet God in prayer. We must read and meditate on the Word of God to establish an understanding of who God is, who God says we are, and how God operates. Remaining rooted in Christ, no matter what we face, is what spiritually strengthens us and enables us to stand victoriously under the power of God and do all that we are called to do.
Say yes to faith!