No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
God provides a way to solutions. The petitions of a faithful heart leads to the result of answered prayers. Along our journey we face obstacles, distractions and temptation. How do we respond, act, and think when our path is not smooth sailing? How easily are we lured in different directions or convinced to dig our heels in and progress no further?
God watches and waits. He knows are strengths, weaknesses and limitations. He knows how much we can bear, how much weight that we can carry before we break, and so He provides us relief when He knows we need it most. Now, that’s not to say that His grace is lenient during our moments of disobedience and disrespect. No, we have to feel what we need to feel, go through what we need to go through, and see what we need to see—so that we can learn our lesson and move forward wiser, stronger, and hopefully with faithful obedience thereafter. Beautifully, even through that experience, there are countless times when God provides us a pressure valve to gain relief; countless times when He provides a way out, if we want it. Some of us see the opportunities and we gladly take them. While some of us don’t.
Pride, arrogance and greed have a way of blocking our blessings, deterring us, and slowing our growth. The learning is always shockingly painful and difficult, but necessary. And even through our ego driven state, God still ensures a way out—a way to freedom. How amazing is that? Look at how amazingly awesome that He is!
We’re all going through something right now: spiritually, physically, mentally, and/or financially. If all that we see and feel are the things that block us from freedom then how can we possibly see the valve, door, window, crawl space, button, or hatch that will lead us to the freedom we desire? If we keep putting our faith into others, depending on others, expecting others to be our answer—then how could God ever be our answer in our eyes and heart? Would we not be just like the people of Israel, taking 40 years to complete what is now said to be roughly an 11-day journey? That forest that we read of is not just literal it is symbolically spiritual. Since their faith was not fully in God, since they were confused and easily distracted and led astray, God prolonged their journey and kept them in a state that reflected their spiritual growth. Where we currently stand, our present state of affairs, just might reflect our spiritual growth—our standing as faithful and obedient, or as wavering, disobedient, conditional followers.
If we keep thinking that solutions can only come through our ego-driven efforts and not through our obedient compliance to God’s directives, then won’t we continue finding ourselves lost and walking in circles? Do we not continue to ignorantly or arrogantly seek and search for only the things that God can be and that only He can provide?
God’s waiting for us to let go and get out of the way. He says to us to do our work but stop trying to do His. This is to be a mutual relationship, a two-way connection. It’s not all about you. It should be all about how you can serve Him, reflect Him, embrace Him, be obedient and faithful to Him, and be loving and gracious to His creations.
Ponder that; but not for long. God wants action not stagnation!
Father-Mother, I thank You for this day; a day not earned or promised, but Your will and grace made it so. Thank You. It is clear that You have important things for me to do, see, and experience today. It is clear that You have people lined up to touch my heart today, just as I’m to touch hearts. You know my heart. You know my fears. You know the challenges placed before me caused by the decisions that I made, passively or aggressively. The full picture is not clear to me. I can’t see all of the pieces to this puzzle. Only you can.
Father-Mother, I know that You have opportunities for me to walk through this painful experience to a state of freedom. Help me to see the doors, windows, levers, and openings, and fill me with the strength and courage to walk through to the other side. Help me as I take these daily steps. Help me to see and hear Your presence and Your voice above all others. I want freedom. I want to be where You want me to be so that I can serve as You see fit. You have placed big, bold dreams in my mind that have filled my heart. Help me God so that through You I can achieve those dreams, live that life, and be that person for You and Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name I humbly and passionately pray to You. Amen.
I love each and every one of you, whether I know you personally or not. We are all children of God, which means you are my brothers and sisters. I am and forever will be your sister in Christ. Have a boldly beautiful day. Embrace your blessings and be a blessing to others. You may be used by God to be the presence and the example that someone needs to see and hear, to be inspired to turn around and embrace our amazing Creator. You never know!