When the Struggle Gets Real: January 29, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Reading through the Old Testament has been such a treat. I am only in the book of Deuteronomy (still sticking to my 90-day challenge), and truly, it’s amazing how the Bible is a fountain in which one can find new things and learn, no matter how many times you have read certain passages. Studying intensely has been such a blessing. It’s great to see how God manifested His glory and was in control, time and time again. It brings us encouragement as we face our problems and struggles, today. We see that our struggles are not something God has not faced before, but that He is waiting for us to recognize Him as God, so He can demonstrate that “He alone is God,” as Doctor Tony Evans likes to say. “Your situation may be different, but your God is not; you serve the same God,” Dr. Tony Evans said in a message I recently heard.

Dr. Evans said, if you are in a financial crisis, see the widow who was down to her last meal, and see how God provided for her. If you need to know where to go, see Moses who was between Pharaoh and the Red Sea, and God opened a road that no one could have predicted. Dr. Evans insists that our problems, issues and insecurities are not a test case for God, instead we should look to the Bible which is full of testimony. When our problems look like Old Testament problems, look to see how God intervened when people called on His name.

I have had many prayers answered recently; for that I am so grateful. There is still a lot on my heart, and I know others are in the same situation. We wait on God in faith. God has placed people in my path who have spoken words I really needed to hear. Through the wait, God prepares our hearts.

Whatever you are going through, remember that God has the final say.

Here is some inspiration for today:

“Retreat to what you know about God. Never let your feelings sit in judgment over your faith.” Dr. Tony Evans

“I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them in faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear.” Renee Swope

It is not until we are in spiritual and philosophical bankruptcy that we find God. When God wrestled with Jacob, Jacob told Him that he will not let go of Him until He blessed him. God asked him, “Who are you?” And finally, Jacob spoke truth and said, “I am Jacob.” His name means deceiver and cheat. It wasn’t until Jacob acknowledged who he was, that God told him that He would bless him and change his name. [Paraphrase from Ravi Zacharias]

“And stop asking why do bad things happen to good people, don’t do that. You should be asking, ‘Why does God give sinners grace?’ God’s plan is perfect. Isaiah 55:8-9 says it clearly, My ways are not your ways; my thoughts are not your thoughts. As far as the heaven is from the earth, that is how much differently I think than you. Stop trying to be God, and just trust God.” Jeremy Anderson

“Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself, and he is not at peace with himself because he is not at peace with God.” Thomas Merton

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him, and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9

“You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22

“You will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

[Based on A Crisis that Cries for Revival by Dr. Tony Evans/ Image from Tumblr]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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