What happens when you wake up one morning and you discover that your world is completely overwhelming; or maybe skyrocketing out of control?
This feeling or sensation can be linked to what is happening at your work site, in your family, or in friendships you have depended upon for years. It can stem from what is happening at church, with the economy, or in the political arena. Suddenly, what you had deemed as stable and reliable is no longer so stable.
There are days when I personally feel overtaken by the responsibilities of work, family and ministry. The question also comes up: ‘Is what I am doing even making a difference in all the darkness that is around me’? My natural reaction is to want to hide away, crawl into a hole or even throw in the towel. It is during these time, though, that I have learned where my strength really comes from. It is not in my own greatness or skills. It is by drawing away into the presence of the Father and relying on His strength. It is during these times of being recharged (and this should happen daily) that I hear His voice of wisdom saying, “this is my battle, not yours”. It is also when I get His plan for my day and learn how He wants me to respond to the demands I face. Truly; this is when He transforms me, my attitude, my outlook and where I am regrouped for the day.
For many, the times we are currently in are very unsettling, and if we allow it, a wave of discontent and even fear can overtake us. Both of these reactions can debilitate. Here are a few keys that have helped me during times like this and I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well.
- Be where God has placed you and then be content in that place. This requires seeking Him daily and being led by the Spirit. Staying in His presence and listening to His voice will cause you to be in the right place at the right time, doing the right things. It also means that if you are not in the right place currently, He will lovingly guide you and move you where you are supposed to be.
- Let Him move you (put things together). Don’t try to make things happen on your own. Our responsibility is to put all our trust in His power. We can then ask God questions such as the following, “What is my role in this current situation? When should I stand up and say, “enough is enough”? How can I personally make a difference in the fight against evil? After asking these questions, we listen for the answers, and we pray diligently knowing that are prayers are the most effective weapons we have available.
- Don’t let yourself be discontented or discouraged in the place you are in. Paul said, “For I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am, I have learned the secret… I have strength for all things through Christ who empowers me.” Phil 4;11-13 (AMP). Allowing discontentment to reign in your life not only makes you unpleasant to be around, it also negates the confidence we should have in God’s power to work in our lives. According to Proverbs 31:27 AMP, the virtuous woman (or anyone for that matter) will not eat the bread of discontent or self-pity while she waits on God to move on her behalf.
- Being stable in the middle of troubled circumstances means having peace at all times, even if the situations around you are not very peaceful. We have the choice to dwell on the circumstances as they currently are and all that is happening around us, or we can dwell on the promises we have knowing that He has the very best in store for us.
John 16:33 says, “In me you may have (perfect) peace and confidence. In the world, you have tribulation and trials… Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you.”
Right there is a promise we can stand on. God has our back, and not only that: “He is working all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Having supernatural peace means that you are not relying on your own abilities and power. It means that you are trusting in the One who holds your future and will work on your behalf because you are trusting in Him. Putting our trust in His power will allow us to speak with the wisdom He has stored up for us, it allows us to react the way He wants us to react, and it will give us the strength not to give up while we wait for the promises to come to pass.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.” John 14:1 (AMP).
By Janet Distel