Summary: How to trust God in spite of our circumstances?
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Dare to Believe!
Introduction: We all go through seasons of joy and despair. In times of peace and joy, it is easy to sing about God’s salvation. At such times we say God is good, life is great. Yet there are other times in life, isn’t it? Times when life is hard, when sorrow fills our hearts, when things are not working out as we plan and we wonder if God is even there for us.
Dare to Believe!
HF: How to trust God in spite of our circumstances?
You have a great destiny inspite of your circumstances. As a young boy David was anointed king of Israel. Life did not change much for him. Soon, he was back in the wild taking care of the flocks. Sometime later David to find the whereabouts of his brothers in battle and in the process he killed Goliath. Soon, King Saul appointed him as a soldier. David became so popular in Israel that King Saul became jealous of him. Saul is so eaten up with envy and paranoia that he tried to take David’s life on several occasions. David sensing danger eventually had to flee for his life.
He had been promised the throne, but in reality he is now in the wildness, all alone, chased after, and absolutely no hope for the promise to full. David looks at the reality of his life and the promises that God had given him and wrote Psalm 13.
Psalm 13:1-2 1How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Notice the words, "How long?" This question is repeated four times in two verses. It speaks of a very intense desire for deliverance.
David is feeling forgotten by God. He is struggling with anguish and sorrow every day. His enemies are all over him and he's wondering how long this will go on. The circumstances surrounding his life, it is no where compared to the promises of God.
I don’t know if today some of you here are in the same situation. On one side you have great promises from God, you know you have the talent, you are doing your best; but on the other side, your life is no way related to your promise. Let me tell you:
1. Your circumstances don’t define your destiny.
There are times in our life when the reality is far from our dreams. That is the time to trust God’s because he who has promised you is faithful to fulfil that promise. Don’t quit.
Romans 12:12 MSG Don’t quit in hard times.
The facts will say, “You saw the medical report. You do not have the training, the education for that promotion. Your son will never break that addition. Your child will never improve, look at the progress card. You will not accomplish your dreams.” In the midst of everything God is telling, “I have promised you a great future and I will fulfil it, don’t quit in hard times.”
Illustration: There was a time when Jacob had to flee his father’s house. Yes, he did mistake, cheated his brother and father and tried to run on his own. The Bible says the sun set that day and he had no more light to travel.
I don’t know if anyone is here because the sun has set on you. It maybe your mistake or it may be the path you have taken. You are now enduring a dark and long night. He stopped for the night midway, taking one of the stones as pillow he went down to sleep. All his dreams were shattered but God spoke to him in a dream. Genesis 28:15 I am with you and I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. God is a gracious God. He is not telling, “Jacob, you are a cheater. No, whatever your circumstances I will not leave you. my grace is much more than your foolishness.” We know the life of Jacob. God blessed and prospered him and brought him back to Bethel.
Looking at your fact, you may think that all is over for you but I want to tell you God is right where you are. He has plans to prosper you. You may not see a way in the natural, but he is a supernatural God. He can do what medicines cannot do. He can promote you without the training. He can make rivers in a desert. He is not limited by the laws of nature, science, or finance. So, don’t let the facts blur your vision, when you believe all things are possible.