Overcoming Negative Circumstances
"Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you." -Psalms 143:7&8 Sometimes life is hard. When we go through difficult seasons, we may question God's presence, His goodness, His love for us, or the dreams He placed within us. "Why on earth would this happen to me, God, if You are loving and just!?" we may ask. However, this is exactly the posture the enemy wants us to have. Whenever bad things happen, as they did to Job, the enemy wants to get in the middle and tell us God doesn't love us, He doesn't care about us, and He doesn't have a plan for our lives. He wants us to turn against our God. These statements are a complete and total lie! But, how do we get to the truth, when all our circumstances point to the negative? It may be that we have never known anything besides the negativity that surrounds us. First, we need to get in the word, to read what God says about us and our situation. We need to pray, even if we don't feel like it. We need to worship, to praise God in spite of whatever is going on. In His word it says that praise is the antidote for heaviness. (Isaiah 6:13) We need to get around encouraging people. And most of all we need to believe - to have faith that in spite of any difficulty, our God is still victorious. We have to realize that we live in a fallen world, and that God does not want us to go through negative things, but He will use them for our good. (2 Peter 3:9, Romans 8:28) Are you going through something negative right now? Stay in faith, let God be your hope, and even if things don't change immediately keep believing that God will do what He promised. The answer may not come at the time we expect, but it doesn't change the fact that God loves us and sent His son to die for us, so that we could live in heaven, eternally with Him.