When the Odds Are Against You
As people of God, we are all faced with issues that seems to unbearable to handle. We believe God to do something big, different and out of the norm. For some of us we have been promised great ministries, financial breakthroughs, mended marriages, healings and the list goes on. Whatever we are believing Him to do there is a process we must go through to get what He has promised.
It’s going to take time, patience and fortitude on our part while waiting on the promises to be manifested in our lives. God is going to do what He has promised and all He requires from us is to believe, receive and obey.
Here are three points of reference while waiting:
- Trust that God will keep His promise regardless of how difficult the circumstances
In Genesis 18: 11”Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing]”
Here in this passage there are several things going against Sarah & Abraham. They are old and Sarah was passed the natural state of bearing children, yet God gives them a promise.
“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, this man shall not be your heir, but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir.” Gen 15:4
God gives a promise to Abraham, but God doesn’t give him all the details. Our nature is to ask why, when and how. The only information God gives Abraham is that he will some day have a son. No matter how difficult it is to believe, we must believe that God will not promise us anything and not deliver. After 25 years of waiting Isaac was born. Yes, it took 25 years of waiting. Can you wait that long for your promise to come to pass? Let me tell you it will be worth the wait. Don’t settle on anything less than God’s best for your life.
- We must press through the opposition
If we are going to received anything from the Lord, we must be persistent. Unfortunately nothing will come easy. Our opposition will come from our flesh, the devil, the world and people. In the process of waiting we must strengthen ourselves for the battle that lies ahead. Webster defines press as the ability to go forward with energetic or determined effort, to force one’s way. In order for you to receive you must be determined to press your way through all the doubt, fears, naysayers and uncertainties.
- Rejoice while waiting
When God gives us a promise, in order for us not to be discouraged, we must learn to praise God as though it is already done. The Word of God tells us to walk by faith and not by what we see or hear that will be contrary to the Word. There are times in which we must encourage ourselves. “My tongue shall sing [praise for the fulfillment] of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous”. Psalm 119:172. The message that David is relaying is that we must choose to praise God knowing that He will fulfill every Word that He has promised.
No matter what we are facing, no matter how difficult it becomes to believe, remember when God speaks a Word be assured that He will do what He has promised. He remains faithful. Hold on to the promises of God especially during these turbulent times.
Paulette Harper is an inspirational speaker and has authored several books in the genre of inspirational fiction, nonfiction and children's books. As a speaker, she shares solid, effective principles that will help her audience to navigate through the journey of life and reach the ultimate destination of living to their fullest potential. While addressing real-life issues, Paulette’s presentations are inspiring, enriching and encouraging. Her ability to share and connect with her audience comes from her own life’s journey and experience.
Paulette lives in Northern Calif.