Updated: Feb 11, 2019
Have you've ever faced an obstacle in life that you just needed God to provide? Have you ever been placed in a situation where you just threw your hands up in the air and just had to call out to God saying "no matter what God, just let Your will be done.” We all are familiar with those moments at some point in our life.
No matter what season we are in, we need God’s strength for each day that is given. We need God‘s strength for guidance, for help, for believing, for trusting, and having faith in His goodness over our lives. His strength is given to us for every decision in our lives if we choose to receive it.
” The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1 NKJV
This scripture gave me a new perspective that questions if I’m truly allowing God to be the strength of my life? Many times, we want to do things on our own strength, on our understanding but then get disappointed or discouraged when things don't plan out the way we thought it would. The enemy wants us to go off our strength and our understanding because Satan knows that his strength is mightier than our own self-will. But when we allow the LORD to be the strength of our life than it's no longer a fair game to Satan because Jesus Christ, the LORD of Lords, the King of kings gives us victory and dominion in all things.
Notice Psalm 27, His Name is written with all capitalized letters “LORD.” The Hebrew context of LORD means YHWH rendering as the GOD of Israel or JEHOVAH, the One who was, who is, and who always will be: the frequent appearance of His name interconnects with His redemptive work and sometimes is compounded with another word that describes His character, His nature (Baker, W., & Zodhiates, S. 2008 p. 1852).
Jesus Christ redemptive work was dying on the cross in trading His life for ours that saved us from our own errors or the evil that comes against us. Because of His passion for you and I, He is proactive in our lives; guiding us and revealing to us His character through His word and responds to our day to day actions.
One of the ways God reveals He is the strength of our lives is when He provides outcomes of favor that could have never come from your own physical doing but by the testing of our faith in trusting in Him and His perfect will to be done.
What do I mean when I say by the testing of our faith?
God allows our faith to be tested with the understanding that He will never place influences before us that lead us into temptation that is more than we can bear but provides us with ways out from such forces so that we are able to endure. It is He that get us through those challenging moments in our lives if we trust Him and when we get through them, we are never the same person as we were when we first started because we get to see first hand God's favor and the His blessings He sends into our lives.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
James 1:2-4 NKJV
I want to encourage you that no matter what is going on in your life now, you can trust God’s will for your life. God is able to provide. He just needs you to trust Him to do so. He is able to calm the distractions in our minds, and He will always provide away even when there looks like there is no way.
In the Bible, Abraham was tested in his faith when asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. But Abraham reveals to us something of importance that describes the nature of God through his response to his son and latter then explains to us God’s name that described His exact character.
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
... (Right at the moment Abraham was about to carry out his actions)...
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah–Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
Genesis 22:8, 13-14 KJV
God called Abraham to do something specific, something that surpassed his understanding as to why, which was to trust God's will. The actions of Abraham are inspiring, as he and his son walked to the top of Mt. Moriah and all Abraham could hold on to was the promise that God gave him. God gave Abraham a promised covenant through Isaac. Abraham didn’t know how it was going to work out all he knew was that God was going to provide a way.
Sometimes fear can get the best us. God began to reveal to me that even when we face the most challenging times of our lives, He is there. When we feel those moments of: “God are you even listening?” or “God where are you?” remember He is there. His word says that He is the strength of our life! Be faithful to trust Him because He brings victory to our situations through strengthening our faith in Him. Be committed to trusting God's will to be done in the midst of your circumstances or situations. Remember it is not God who sends trials and tribulations our way because He is a good God, He is God that gives Life and Life more abundantly. We are to remember that when we face challenging times in our lives, it is God who gets us through them.
I want to encourage you no matter what, keep focusing on what God's word says and what He will do for you because of who He is. Remember, He is on your side. He will guide you. He is your source of strength, and He defends you every day. With this type of realization, don’t fear anything else that tries to come against you because anything that comes against us is also coming against God. And anything that comes against God doesn't stand a chance, Amen! Trust His perfect will to be done in your life. Trust that Jehovah–Jireh will provide a way.
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Baker, W., & Zodhiates, S. (2008). Old Testament Dictionary . In The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible(p. 2198). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.