Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Saul disobeyed Samuel and offered up a sacrifice that Samuel should have done. When Samuel queried the reason for Saul’s disobedience, he explained that the Philistines had assembled to fight the Israelites with a vast army and his soldiers scattered from fear. Consequently, he felt that he had not sought the Lord’s favor and was compelled to offer the sacrifice. (1 Samuel 13:1-12).
Similar to Saul, sometimes we look at our unpleasant circumstances and do not see the hand of God. And so, we mistakenly assume that God is not with us and make rash decisions. Nonetheless, God promised that he would never leave us and would guide us along the right path (Matthew 28:20; Psalm 23:3). Hence, he is pleased when we believe his promises and seek his face.
When we focus on our circumstances, we see what Satan wants us to see, that is, confusion, setbacks, and failures. These observations foster feelings of hopelessness, defeat, and fear. On the other hand, when we focus on God, we see victory, progress, and clarity. This perspective generates feelings of hope and courage. What do you see when you look at your difficult situation?
God’s power is greatest in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Challenging circumstances provide the perfect opportunity for him to show his power and presence. When our circumstances seem hopeless, he wants us to continue obeying and trusting him. He is never in a hurry. He has a plan and works according to his schedule. We can work with his schedule by praying daily and obeying his commands.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Help us to obey your commands and pray without ceasing. In Jesus’ name, amen.