Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 13-05-2010
2 Corinthians 1:8 - For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired of even life.
Dear Friends – There are times in life when situations and circumstances become overwhelming. Perhaps you’ve been praying and standing in faith. You may have even felt a tug in your spirit that everything would work out okay if you could somehow just be patient a little longer. Beloved, these are hard times, pressing times. These are times when endurance is put to the test and we may begin to look around for a way of escape. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
So first of all know, no matter what you are going through it is a common malady of the human race. But grasp the most important phrase of that verse of scripture “God is faithful”. Yes God is faithful to help us in all circumstances. He is aware of our human frailties, weaknesses, and sometimes even our own stupidity. But for all that we feel we lack, whether in endurance, wisdom or faith, God still loves us and His grace still covers all. He understands that life’s problems can become debilitating and life’s frustrations can bury us in a sea of emotional turmoil. If we are seeking Him He will not allow our circumstances to destroy us or become a load greater than we can bear. Yes there are times when we think we have reached the end of the road. There are times when we feel we can not bear situations and circumstances one more minute, but these are our feelings from our perspective in a somewhat weakened condition. The truth is God is faithful, and the reality is He will make a way of escape. He will be faithful to come and deliver you.
But I believe we are allowed to linger in negative circumstances to allow God time to show us just how much we are capable of with His help, and just how much we really can endure when we are rooted and grounded in His love. He is wanting to lead us into a more intimate and trusting relationship, a closer walk with Him, and sometimes the only way to accomplish this is through hard times. We don’t like it of course, but in the end, on the other side, we are usually grateful for the learning experience and the new wings that now allow us to soar where we once could not even stand, and take us much farther than before.
When we reach a point of despairing of even life, dear ones, and absolutely no strength with which to continue even if we wanted to, God is still faithful and still in control. Scripture says His strength is perfect when our strength is gone and so it is. You get a beautiful revelation of His love and care for you when He is all you have. You can grasp the beautiful picture of God literally carrying you in His arms because you are too weak to walk. Yes the way may be difficult and the toiling seems much too long. But hang on to the phrase above “God is faithful”, and He will make a way of escape for you.
So be encouraged today, feel renewed in your mind and spirit. If you feel you are at the end of yourself and ready to give up, take heart beloved. You may seem to be lacking whatever is needed to be delivered, but God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ever ask or think. It is my prayer that these words of inspiration will motivate you to take hold the hand of God, rise up in the inner man, and allow your hope to be renewed as you allow faith and trust to lead you on a peaceful path and give you rest. If you are looking to God and are at the end of yourself that is a most blessed place to be. For when God makes a way of escape the journey is not soon forgotten, and the blessings will far outweigh the pain.
In His Love,
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