“I’m not sure why I even brought it up,” my friend said over the phone, sounding very much like she was trying to convince herself (and me) that she had made the right decision. “When I decided to leave my job, I know it was the right thing to do because God was telling me it was time to go…” I continued listening as her voice trailed off again. “But when I got my new job, even though I knew it was an answer to prayer, I found myself wondering if I’d made the right choice. And then! Then, I had a hard time being excited that I got the job!” She laughed, then asked nervously, “You know what I mean?”
Well yes, as a matter of fact, I did know what she meant. Because I’ve done the exact same thing. Maybe you have to.
You prayed about something, heard from the Holy Spirit, stepped out in faith, then in the middle of transition, said to yourself, “Oh my gosh. What was I thinking?” Or maybe even, “I’ve gone and done it this time. I’ve lost. my. mind.”
Fear invites the enemy. Faith invites the Lord.
Thankfully, it didn’t take much to remind my friend that God had been faithful to her and that He was most likely stretching her faith in an area to which she wasn’t accustomed. She just needed to remember to keep on believing.
“But these are written (the signs that Jesus performed after His resurrection) that you may believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.” John 20:31
“I have come that they may have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Believing in Christ is how we receive eternal life. Believing in His promises is how we receive abundant life.
Believing is an action verb and connotes an ongoing process of trust.
And the fact is, as long as we live on this earth, we will have two voices to choose from ~ just like Adam and Eve. God tells us that if we believe in His word, we will prosper. But when we listen to the voice of the one whose job it is to rob our joy, kill our dreams and destroy our peace, we question what God is doing. It’s a slippery slope that gives way to fear, which squelches hope, and so on.
Have you stalled in an area that requires you to keep on believing? In His promises, His timing, His faithfulness, His provision?
My prayer for you this week is this:
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 15:13
The winners of “Joy Beyond: 28 Days to Finding Joy” by Brenda McGraw are: Ronda and Abby. Congratulations! I will be contacting you via email.