In 1 Thessalonians 5 : 16 - 18, the scripture says, “Rejoice always,” “pray continually,” and “give thanks in all circumstances…”
Like a revolving door with a hinge that bears no sound, a door that sways to and fro, to and fro, one too many times.
Like a clock that can’t stop ticking; tic toc, tic toc, at the sound of every passing minute.
Like the rise and fall of my ever beating chest, that harbors so sacredly my subtle yet sometimes pounding heart.
This is what we are called to do.
Have you ever considered the magnitude of what Almighty God is asking you to do? Have you ever considered the fact that you don’t always have the faith required to obey His command? Have you ever told Him, “I can’t do that Lord; what if I fail?”
It’s easy to doubt that this insurmountable task can be accomplished in your own ability, strength, and effort. It’s in these doubtful moments that we start thinking about all the hardships. The hard test, the hard lesson, the hard stuff.
It’s like the time we were sitting in class daydreaming one sunny afternoon. While staring out the window, we saw a blue jay perched on a ledge singing its favorite song. Suddenly the history lesson of the day comes right at you in the form of a question proposed by your teacher, who happened to be deep in lecture about the tragedy at Pearl Harbor. “What was the name of the vessel that stands as a memorial, that plunged to the floor in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where 429 of our brave men lost their lives on this historical day,” he says?
Sweat suddenly pours profusely off the rim of your brow, you sink deep into your chair and a blank stare presents itself directly into the crowd. Yet, no words come out of your mouth. Silently you whisper, “I don’t know.”
This feeling of inadequacy, incompetency and unreliability starts filling your thoughts and one thought after the other, came one blow after the other. Your instinct was to grip the lies and fall deeper and deeper into despair.
This is exactly where Satan wants to attack. When he can persuade you to doubt your abilities, you begin to question God. And, when we question God we are saying that we don’t trust His purpose, His plan, or His faithfulness in our lives.
It’s easy to fall into this trap of doubting God. If you allow it to grow, your distrust will grow even greater in every area of your life.
When we fix our “eyes on Him” and believe the promises of what scripture says about Him, we can do anything He’s required us to do.
Psalm 62:5 tells us “for my expectation is from him.” Whether trials come or blessings flow, we are called to trust God’s faithfulness and expect everything from Him.
If you find yourself weathering a storm today, just came out of one, or are about to go into one, keep your “eyes on Him.” Rely solely on His strength and trust who He says He is. Then sit back and watch yourself become more and more like Him, as He becomes more and more a part of you.
Will you pray with me?
Father God, thank you for being everything I need before I even knew what I needed. Thank you for equipping me with the strength I needed to set my “eyes on Him [You] without being tempted to lose focus. Help me to believe You are who You say You are, so I can rely solely on You to accomplish the good work You’ve called me to do. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen.
Original post previously published and WVC is re-posting as is from: https://believingicanlv.com/devotionals/2019/1/30/great-is-thy-faithfulness