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The Journey continues…
Many of us are motivated by the concept of great faith. Hence, slogans such as, “Believe and it will be done,” “You must believe,” “Believe and you will be successful” are frequently heard in church services, songs, and Christian media.
The Bible teaches that we should believe for all things, and the righteous shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38), hence the attraction to faith is understandable. However, the Bible also teaches that there is a time and place for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Hence there are instances when we should exercise great faith, that is, elevate our minds above our condition and achieve extraordinary results, for example, when Moses parted the Red Sea. On the other hand, there are moments when we should accept our circumstances, that is, bring our minds to our condition and achieve “ordinary” results.
Jacob had to bring his mind to his condition when his sons told him that Joseph was dead. He accepted the idea that he would not see him again (Genesis 37:32-35). Likewise, Moses had to bring his mind to his condition when God told him that he would not lead the Israelites into the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). At some point in our lives, we will encounter unfavorable situations which “extraordinary faith” cannot change. This does not mean that our faith has decreased or we have none. Instead, it is a sign of God’s Sovereignty and we are expected to trust him (Romans 8:28). In these moments we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us accept our circumstances.
You might have pondered the question, How do I accept my situation when my faith has not produced the expected results? The following suggestions will help:
- Reflect on God’s goodness and praise him (Psalm 145:9).
- Pray without ceasing and listen for God’s Voice (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Testify about God’s goodness at every opportunity (Psalm 107:2).
- Embrace the opportunities that God presents and maximize them (Colossians 3:23).
What happens if you refuse to accept your situation? Well, if you are in the season where you should accept your situation and you are refusing, you will experience the “novice swimmer trying to swim upstream effect.” This swimmer fights against the current until he gets tired and gives up. As followers of Christ, we are expected to accept God’s plan, therefore, opposing it will lead to poor choices, frustration, fatigue, confusion, and despair. The Bible says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).