FOR THOSE WHO FEEL DESPAIR

HoldOnGodKnowsWhatsHesDoing“In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:6).

When you pray remember you serve the All Powerful God! God is a God of miracles. Does anyone doubt that? I don’t think so. The struggle is not that God can do anything but that he will answer our prayer (Ps. 17:6)

I realize we don’t live from miracle to miracle. But we make a lot of mistakes, act stupidly and we know it. But our frailties do not hinder God. As he answers our prayer he teaches us. But we are a blessed people, loved by God (Eph. 1:1-6).

God the Father did not withhold his Son from us so he might secure our salvation. He sets the standard of answered prayer by that act. He will withhold nothing from us. He hears and answers our prayers because He promised He would and he is our generous Father (Rom 8:32).

You may doubt or waver when you pray at first because of emotion, shock and even past trauma you may have a hard time believing. The life of faith is not automatic, it takes time but over time, “your faith will grow strong in the truth.” (Col 2:7NLT).

“Doubt is not unbelief. But it can become unbelief…Doubt is like an attention-seeking child. The more attention you pay to it, the more attention it demands. By worrying about your doubts, you get locked into a vicious cycle of uncertainty.” (Alister McGrath).

Deal with your doubts and move on. Unbelief is a serious thing it charges God with lying. Confess that to God! Ask his forgiveness and his help to believe and whether you feel like it or not begin to use the Psalms and scriptures to thank God for his desire and ability to answer prayer. I challenge to you tell God why you think he can’t or won’t help you. Go ahead see his response in your heart and the scriptures he will show you. You will have an attitude change for sure.

I am not big on the “confess it possess it” mentality but there is no use in saying lies when God word says differently. You keep saying God is against you? You thinking God has abandoned you? That is a UGLY LIE Satan that big fat liar is pounding you with and he is trying to plant seeds of distrust in your mind (Rom 8:31-19). Evict his lies IMMEDIATELY! (Luke 10:19). He is misrepresenting your God.

You may feel abandoned, anxious, fearful, lonely, discouraged and depressed. It is an emotional roller coaster, I know. Don’t deny it. Tell God! Pour out your heart to him. He does not mind, he knows it already. You don’t have to fake prayer with your all knowing Father. Don’t pretend everything is OK but go to God and just be honest with him (Isaiah 1:18).

His heart is moved when he hears your cry and pray. He is full of mercy and he pays attention to your tears, broken heart and crushed spirit. The High and Holy God promised to sit down with you and refresh you! (Isaiah 57:15). 

The Struggle with the Godhood of God

The scriptures are very clear about the Godhood of God. The Bible says,

“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:6).

All emotional reactions and experiences aside, He alone is God.  The very original and conventional sin of man is pride. It is self idolatry. Pride deifies man and makes him in control of his destiny and life. We are not only uncomfortable with the fact with the freedom of God’s power and “he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. ” (Ps 115:3) but we have an aversion to it.  He makes choices, he decides what is best and for us because he is God and whether we like it or not it is done. God is relentless and unstoppable. When it comes to salvation, God who is mighty to save them who are, “predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Eph. 1:11).

Saying, I don’t believe something does not make that truth go away.  Being inept at explaining that truth does not make it wrong and being a Christian and still struggling with that truth does not you a bad Christian.

My issue is that Pastors and preachers feel God has called them to be a spiritual public relations person for Christ. It is despicable reinterpreting God in terms, “He meant to say this…” or, “When he did this he actually was…” We are called to be spokesmen for God, to say all he has commanded, not to decode the scripture into oblivion.

With all the talk about trusting God I really think we are suspicious of him. It seems his freedom to do things with which we do not agree with is intact.  I know I still struggle with my own uncertainties.  If I did not struggle, I would doubt my own salvation. For struggle is the very essence of spiritual life.

The Bible is clear, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30).

It is pretty scary predestination and all. It is at first terrifying and then comforting.  

Should all truth make us comfortable?

That is a joke.

Is that true faith? 

For people who decry lying, we sure hate honesty, yet honesty has a way keeping both feet on terra firma.

Perhaps faith is when you grapple with some truth and are afraid of it-is that not faith as well?  This is not a rationalization of being double minded and half hearted. It it about being able to explain genuine faith or explaining in terms of embracing the belief in one God who predestines all things.

Does the ability to explain or lack thereof effect your faith? I struggle everyday with trust in GOD’s plans and purposes for my own life. The calm assurance that I have at times is much more precious than trillions of bailout dollars.

 The logical conclusion to predestination is a strange mix and fear and confidence. But the Godhood of God is a fact. One may speculate and struggle with it but in the end when we see he has done all things well,  we submit in surrender to him.