What do we do when we come to a place that seems immovable. We’ve exerted all of our strength and resources trying to change our circumstance, yet still find ourselves in exactly the same place? Whether we’ve experienced the mighty moves of God in the past as He opened shut doors, called us into new territories, and gave us strength and wisdom to stand in high places or whether we are waiting to enter into such a place with God for the first time, the tendency often is to doubt that nothing can change – that the wall before us is insurmountable. I’ve asked myself, “If I’ve read Your promises in Your word and even seen You do mighty things with me and others in the past, why do I think anything is too hard for You? Why do I think You are unable or unwilling to help me now?” If you’ve had this question surface from deep within, take heart, for He is more than able and very willing to bring us through. His arm is not too short to save.
When we go through extended seasons of hard circumstances when it seems as though God’s hand is no longer working mightily on our behalf or opening closed doors, what do we do? Learn the lesson right where He has us. Let go of any sin or disobedience. Give thanks to the Lord in our circumstances for refining us and making us to be lights in a dark place, knowing fully that He will not forsake us. Wait for the Lord.
He desires us to overcome, for He overcame the world. The way out of the circumstance may not be to run from it or be lifted out of it in a moment, but to walk right through it so that our confidence can rest securely in Him. He will give us grace to endure and overcome with His joy and peace. We must hold to His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. Let us lift our heads to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and proclaim in bold faith – even in the direst of circumstances, “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Oh my soul, wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord!”
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon – from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.'”