As I have grown in my walk with God, I have finally come to a place of understanding that God is the only one who can never let me down. I do not know whether you are like me but I have learnt that one of the reasons I have felt let down is because I had not fully appreciated that there is no friend or family member who is perfect. We are all flawed and that means we are going to let others down and we will be let down too.
I remember a time before I got married, I was the kind who if you asked me to do something for you, I would agree to it so quickly without thinking about it. And then I would sit down and realize I would not be able to undertake the task because of one reason or another. Then I would have to call the person who I had said yes to and apologize. I would imagine the person on the other side felt like I am not a person who would keep her word therefore I would not be counted on. I have changed through out the years which has helped others know that they can rely on me. You see, the truth is we have weaknesses but when we are in a growing relationship with our loving Jesus, He transforms us day by day. But we will never reach to perfection on this earth. That means we will still let others down and we will be let down too. Armed with the knowledge that we are imperfect, we come to a realization that only God is perfect and that means He will never fail us. He keeps His promises. He honors His Word. Knowing this truth is important because is really sets us free;
Free from heavily counting on others.
Free from trusting those who cannot be trusted.
Free from feeling so burdened to try and do for others what only God can do for them.
Free from a guilty conscience associated with trying to accomplish the impossible on behalf of others
When we acknowledge that others have weaknesses just like we do, then we stop relying on them and start fully trusting God. As I said, God keeps His Word. All the promises we find in thr scriptures are from Him to us. He is our Father talking to us, His children. What do scriptures say about Him?
God is our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Savior
God reminds us He is the one who Created us. He is the one who formed us (Psalm 139:13-18). He is our Redeemer. He promises to be with us when we go through difficult situations. God can never walk out of a place that is hot. He does not feel the heat and without Him, we will be destroyed. His presence stopped the destruction of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego by that great fire that the king had thrown them into. God held the water than ran down the Jordan so that the children of Israel would cross into the land He had promised them. His presence makes all the difference and His promise for us is that He will always be with us and He does not change.
But now, this is what the Lord, your Creator says, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity];
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
(Isaiah 43:1-2 AMP)
God is Our Refuge
God being our refuge means he is our protection from danger and distress. We can trust God always not sometimes but at all times. Whether we are going through a desert situation or we are in a wonderful season, we can trust Him. We can pour our hearts with the clear understanding that not only does he keep what we have told him to himself, but he exchanges our heartaches and troubles for His peace. I went through an experience once and it dawned on me that really, when I pour out my heart to another, that person really cannot make the pain in my heart go away. Some will add fuel to the fire and make you angry because sometimes we want to pour out our hearts to others because we want them to feel for us and maybe join us in the pity party. Let me tell you what I learnt the last time I cried out to a person.
I was going through a season of intense pressure. I was dealing with disappointments from people and not only was I going through that but I was also having demonic attacks too. I found myself at a breaking point and it took one day and one “correction” from someone to break me. I got a phone call and after that phone call, I just wailed in my house. I was alone so I was on the floor crying. I did not call on God immediately and that is when I realized that when I need to pour out my heart, God is the only one to call. When you call a person, you may feel like that person did not help you especially if she did not get angry with you or did not join you in the pity party you created. I learnt that day that when I call on God with all my tears and broken heart, he will encourage me and give me peace. This I will not get from a person because my expectation of telling someone how hurt I am is not for them to encourage me. I am expecting them to react in a certain way and it is never positively. Only God can do what is helpful for us and not what is damaging to us.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 NKJV
God Fights our Battles
There are many battles that God fights for us; some of which we are aware of and some of which we do not know. Armed with the knowledge that the battles the Lord fights for us are numerous, we are encouraged to always go to him and trust in Him. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, it was reported to Jehoshaphat that a vast army was coming against him. He was afraid and he decided to go to God and also declared a fast. He did not run away and hide but ran to God. He knew that only God would save Israel. In 2 Chronicles 18, he had called on God when he was in the battlefield and God had saved him. He trusted God with the situation that he was facing. After he prayed in the assembly, God answered his prayer.
Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph. He said, “Listen carefully, all [you people of] Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: ‘Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:14-15 AMP)
When you read further you will find out that God destroyed their enemies. There is no enemy that can withstand the power of God. No matter what kind of enemy you face right now; it may be poverty, sickness, attacks from people, things that have been said about you that have affected your relationships and your reputation. Whatever the enemy is, nothing can withstand the power of God. Just stand still and you will witness God fight on your behalf. Do not fight for yourself because sometimes battles have a dimension that we cannot see or understand. Just wait on God. He has told us that the battle belongs to Him. And we know God cannot loose.
Choose today to trust in the Lord our God. He will never ever abandon you. Never.
Author of Hopeful Living, Trusting God to Guide you through Life and Waiting for a Husband, The Godly Way.
Speaker and Radio Show Host of Woman Transformed
President of Woman Transformed @www.womantransformed.org