Life is uncertain and so are the situations that we find ourselves in at times. Some of the sudden, unwelcomed, and challenging events that knock on our door come to stay a lot longer than we’d like. We squirm, we pray, and plead with God to make them go away, but to no avail.
Life for the Christian comes packaged with a mixture of things that aren’t always in the order in which we would prefer. Many of these challenges, trials, and afflictions hit us where it hurts the most. They may even catch us off guard. They come in the form of financial challenges, emotional challenges, physical, and some are simply losses. We become down, and naturally so. We become depressed the longer they stay, and find ourselves despondent for days, weeks, and maybe longer.
God tells us that in this life we will have problems, trials, and burdens; but we are to take heart because it is part of the package labeled, ‘Christian’. He tells us that, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). In Psalm 55:22 we are encouraged to, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Grant it, when troubles come, we may have to stop for a moment to catch our breath, but we should never let these situations stop us dead in our tracks or else we will become stuck!
God intends that we be proactive in the midst of difficulties. He says, cast our care, trust Him with all our heart, I will never leave you neither will I forsake you, and I will give you everything you stand in need of, whether that be emotionally, psychologically, energy wise, strength wise, with all the guidance needed, and the compassion and grace to carry you in it. However, we must act by bringing the stressful situation to Him leaving it in His hands.
Elijah was a man subject to the same situations and feelings that we experience. He found himself running from Jezebel’s deadly threat which caused him such grief that he didn’t know what to do with himself. In 1 Kings 19:9 God asks him a question. “What are you doing here?” Elijah had reacted out of fear and became depressed due to internalizing the situation to the point of being afraid and pessimistic. By the time a conversation between he and God occurs, where God comes a second time and asks, “What are you doing here”, Elijah gives a perspective on his circumstance that is not the true picture at all. This is what happens when we focus so much on the problems and become stuck.
It is very interesting to see how God dealt with Elijah in his stressful state. God told him to “Go” (vs 15). It was as simple as that. So, what does that tell us? Did this mean that God was insensitive to Elijah’s plight? Absolutely not. God had more work for him to do and he needed to be roused up out of deep introspection and snap out of it. What he was going through was indeed real, but he needed to be functional regardless. There were things to do and people to see and the work of the Lord, with his name signed to it, had to continue. God says the same to us. We must get up and “Go” regardless of the trials, burdens, and afflictions. By all means, take a minute to catch your breath, but don’t become stagnate, keep moving!
There is a Christian sister I know who has been battling cancer for many years now. She has been in and out of remission only to be challenged in a greater way each time. She presently is in a trial treatment and we are all praying for her healing. In the midst of it all she keeps moving. She gets up and goes to work and gives her best to her students. She has a family with children and a husband at home to minister to as well. She keeps moving through it all. She is an encouragement. She doesn’t allow herself to become stuck. God has given her His grace, His enabling power and help to keep functioning.
In conclusion, nothing for the believer will ever be easy! This is why God gives us tons of promises from His word to help us to keep keeping on. He knows we are dust of the earth, mere creatures who are weak and needy, yet He has made promises to us, and He placed His Holy Spirit within us, a Spirit of power, not of fear, so that we can be victorious in every situation He brings our way. Take it from me, I can tell you stories of my experience with God and how He was there for me and brought me through. Keep trusting, and keep believing for God is able! Try not to put God in a position to ask you, “What Are You Doing Here”?
About the Author
Patricia Stuart is an Author and Visual artist whose ministry work involves conference speaking, and ministering to young women. Her books speak to those who have experienced trials and afflictions and female relationship struggles. She also shares the challenges of being a parent. Patricia serves in her local church by way of music and in women’s ministry. Patricia’s books can be found on Amazon and on her website.