“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” - Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).
Something puzzling yet certain is that sometime believers are faced with circumstances where the odds seem overwhelming. This is not unique. Moses was faced with a set of overwhelming circumstances, starting with the uphill battle of convincing a hardened king to release the Israelis. Then he had to move with a restless crowd through a harsh desert that was quick to lose faith after facing set backs.
The Apostle Paul, too, survived a shipwreck and was often beset with betrayals and imprisonment. And then Abraham aged in years without a child, for his wife Sarah when she heard God promising so, she had as many doubts, as she looked at her bodily circumstances.
About circumstances, so often they threaten to pose like there are impossible to overcome. But from God’s angle, any circumstances are just temporal and quite powerless. There is always a greater force to overcome any circumstances.
For all his might once Moses turned to God the opposition which Pharaoh set before him melted away. The Apostle Paul was delivered through shipwrecks and imprisonment as God came to his rescue. At the appointed time, in spite of all the doubts of Sarah who had seen her body age and lost hope, God came through and enabled her to deliver a son. “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him” (Genesis 21:2)
Any of us may be faced with circumstances where the odds appear insurmountable. From a physical angle we are as good as finished. It could be a health care crisis. There are financial challenges that people face. It might be opposition welling up against one’s professional progress. Sometimes people face tussles with powerful neighbors over land and other relational issues.
When we are faced with whatever circumstances, we should know there is always a greater power that can make any moot. Life is not all about what is seen by the naked eye. As believers we must not let circumstances dictate our lives with doubts and disbelief, but rather turn to God, “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with circumstances that seem overwhelming I know you are able and greater than any force around and so I am rested for through you I have overcome, this I pray in Jesus name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!