“FAITH UNDER PRESSURE... WHEN HOPE SEEMS LOST.”
April 12, 2019
Have you ever felt like giving up? Many of us have felt this from time to time. Feeling abandoned or like there’s no end in sight can cultivate a spirit of fear and loneliness or bitterness if we are not careful. Even Jesus dealt with feelings of abandonment when he was on the cross.
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46 NKJV)
Our faith will come under pressure at different times in our life. Even when all seems lost, even though it’s difficult, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and the bigger picture. It’s safe to trust God, knowing he is working for the good. As much as Jesus may have wanted off the cross, he pressed forward to the prize of the upward call of God (Philippians 3:14), and that prize was us!
Even in these difficult and seemingly impossible seasons, we can surrender to God and trust his plan. Matthew 27:50 says that Jesus, while on the cross, “yielded up His spirit.” The definition of the word "yield" is to give forth, or produce by a natural process, or in return for cultivation. Jesus chose to trust his Father’s plan in that moment. Jesus made the decision to remain faithful because of his unconditional love for us and not give up because of fear or weakness. God had cultivated Jesus for this moment, and he yielded his life.
God is cultivating our lives as well. Christine Caine says, "He's preparing you for the thing he has prepared for you." We may misinterpret difficult seasons as punishments or like God has abandoned us. But the opposite is true—God has been preparing us for what he has called us to do. What lies on the other side of our difficult season is more than we can imagine.
In all of these things, we can have faith like Jesus did that we are safely in God’s hands. We can trust that God can do so much more with our surrender than we even realize.
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG).
In those difficult times our heavenly Father is growing our capacity to not only be fruitful, but remain fruitful when the promised harvest comes.
Thank Jesus for all that you have, even if you are facing a difficult time.
Pray for a refreshed spirit, filled with great expectations and renewed passion.
Tell God that you trust him, even when you don’t understand.