Sometimes, our circumstances can weaken our trust in God. We question His character, love, and sovereignty with a whisper, “Why?”
When Circumstances Shake our Faith
There are times when our fears and doubts shake our faith, yet God wants to “Father” us when we feel vulnerable. He wants to connect and nurture His imperfect children because He loves us and desires an intimate relationship. Those poignant moments are opportunities for God to prove that circumstances cannot circumvent God’s promises.
The Book of Exodus reveals humanity’s struggle with trust. The Egyptians oppressed God’s chosen people for four hundred and thirty years. God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the Promised Land.
God’s miraculous intervention forced the powers of Egypt to release God’s people, but when problems overwhelmed the Israelites, they complained. For the next forty years, God helped His people regain their identity and eventually possess the promised land (Exodus 16).
I used to wonder why the Israelites complained after witnessing such miraculous events. What I neglected to consider was their slavery mindset. They were slaves for four hundred and thirty years. Most likely, they struggled with their self-worth, personal development, and spiritual identity. When problems surmounted, their lives became emotionally top-heavy. Their present reality overshadowed God’s goodness and promises.
For forty years, God “Fathered” the Israelites. He established and confirmed His covenant promise that began with Abraham. God was their provider and protector, but more importantly, He was their God. His instruction and correction helped them develop a broader foundation of faith.
Avoid a Slavery Mindset
Do we do the same thing, and live with a slavery mindset? Do we go back to our former ways of handling problems? Do we trust God with our biggest concerns?
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect,” (Romans 12:2 New Living Translation).
Our world is flawed and filled with brokenness. When problems surmount, life can become emotionally top-heavy. Our present reality can overshadow God’s goodness and promises. For some, it may be an estranged relationship, low self-esteem, or self-indulgence. Perhaps for others, it’s loneliness, despair, or stress.
From Oppression to Possession
When problems surmount, there’s hope. We can remember that God keeps His promises. We can remember that God wants to “Father” us. We can remember that our burdens are not ours to carry in isolation.
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed,” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NLT).
As obvious as this may sound, God wants to be our provider and protector, but more importantly, He wants to be our God. He will instruct us, correct us, and help us develop a broader foundation of faith. Our lives can transform from oppression to possession; possession of God’s greatest promise—freedom in Jesus Christ.
Circumstances Cannot Circumvent God’s Promises
A transformed life rests on God’s covenant promises. We are living examples of God’s redemptive plan and love. When problems arise, the gap between our former and future lives can become smaller as we trust and cultivate an unbreakable love-relationship with God.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.