Stephanie sat looking out of her window as the tears poured down cheeks. “How could this have happened? God, what did I do to deserve this?” Part of her was numb and could barely function. The other part of her was so mad and sad that she just wanted to pick something up and throw it.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever had something happen that knocked the wind out of you and made you feel like nothing would ever be right again? You may be facing:
A financial crisis.
When these things happen, it is so easy to blame God and turn away from Him. If He is a good God, then why did He let this happen?
It’s not God’s fault
As hard as things may be for you right now, it is not God’s fault that these things happen. God does not do evil things. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5b).
What God has done has given each person free will, to make their own decisions, even bad ones that hurt other people. We also live in a world filled with the consequences of sin including sickness and death.
Then there are the things that are your responsibility. Sometimes the situations we are in are a direct result of the choices that we have made. If you have no money because you have a shopping addiction, and now the creditors are at your door, that is not God’s fault, but your own.
Does that mean there is no hope?
There is always hope. Even when the situation you are in is your fault, God still loves you and wants to help you get out of that situation. Isaiah 61:1 reads:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners
When you have a crisis of faith, the first thing you need to know is that God is there for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. His love for you will never end.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! You may feel alone, but you are not.
So what do I need to do?
That is the biggest question and while everyone’s journey is different and the solution may be unique, how you get there is not. Let’s look at the five steps you can take to restore your faith and get the miracle that you need.
You may be thinking to yourself right now, repentance? I don’t need repentance. I need help, and I need it NOW!
The only way you are going to get the help you need is by drawing close to God, and you can’t do that if and there is anything between you and Him. If you have stopped trusting Him, then you need to repent.
If you have done things that have helped cause you situation, then you need to repent. Do you have hard feelings towards the person who has hurt you? Then you need to repent.
Repentance clears the way for you to come to God and pour your heart out to Him. When you repent, you remember who God is and enables you to hear Him clearly.
2. Pour out your need Him
Get it all out of your system, tell God everything that is in your heart. Don’t hold back. To be able to receive you need to empty yourself. Don’t worry. God can handle it. He can handle your tears; He can control your anger; and He has big enough shoulders for you to be honest with Him about how you feel.
God created you and knows you intimately and is not surprised by anything. Remember, God knows the beginning to the end. He knew what you were going to tell him from before time began and already has been putting things in place to help you.
3. Give God permission to work
After you have poured everything out, now is the time to ask God to help you and give Him permission to do what he needs to do to rectify the situation.
4. Declare your trust in God
Now time to start putting faith back in. An excellent way to do that is to declare verbally that you are going to trust God to come through for you whatever the situation may be.
5. Live it out until you see your answer
You have an important part to play in seeing the answer come. Everyday, you need to seek God and ask Him what He wants you to do. Then you need to listen to and do what He says.
You also need to encourage yourself in the Lord, and a great way to do that is by reading testimonies of those who have been in similar situations and how God came through. They can be stories in the Bible or more current ones.
When the negative thoughts come, you need to fight them and most importantly never speak them out. Spoken words have power. In Proverbs 18:21 it says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” The enemy of our souls can use the words we speak to make bad things happen.
The biggest thing is to be patient. The answer is coming. It won’t always come right away. So many times I have been in situations and God has always come through in His perfect timing. During the process, He supplied what I needed step by step, and at the end I could honestly say that I trusted Him more.
God will come through
Sometimes, you may feel like you are holding on by a thread. That is OK because you have not let go. Continue to trust Him and you will see the answer come and many times it will be in a way that you don’t expect.
God is trustworthy, and He wants to prove that to you. He did not cause the situation, but I guarantee you that He will help you get out of it. Just take the first step towards Him and you will find the solution and peace you need to make it through this.
~ By Kim Thompson-Pinder