April 15, 2020
“Put your trust in the LORD your God, and you will stand your ground. Believe what his prophets tell you, and you will succeed” - 2 Chronicles 20:20
When I was younger, my friend and I were playing near the river. It had just rained and the water was higher than normal and moving extremely fast. I was walking near the edge and lost my footing. Before I knew it, I was getting washed down the river. I was trying as hard as I could to swim against the current, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get to the edge. Panic and exhaustion started setting in. There was nothing I could and that’s when I stopped fighting and went with it. At that moment I realized that my feet could actually touch the bottom! I was so focused on the problem that I never even took the time to see if I could reach the bottom.
This is something that happens to us all the time in life. When you focus on your problems instead of trusting God, you’re going to end up exhausted. And you’re going to be defeated because you weren’t designed to fight your battles alone. You don’t have the power you need to face every problem in your own strength. You need God’s power.
It’s impossible to focus on your problems and focus on God at the same time. You’ve got to shift your focus to who God is and what he’s promised to do for you.
Life is full of experiences that test you, drain you, and wipe you out. When you are worn out, that’s when you’re ready to say to God, “I’m sorry. I can’t handle this situation, and I’ve tried everything. I need to give it to you because this is bigger than me.”
So, what should you do when you are overwhelmed? You stand up and you stand strong.
Standing strong is an attitude of quiet confidence in the character of God. You will be successful when you put your trust in what he says to you through his Word and the Holy Spirit. When you get with God, you’ll never have to give up ground because you are standing strong.
When the burden is overwhelming, you may be tempted to cave in under the pressure. God doesn’t want you to back down from difficult situations. He doesn’t want you to sacrifice your integrity. God wants you to trust Him through the challenges and learn from them. If you run, you’ll miss out on building your character and learning from God. And the chances are, you’ll need to repeat that lesson over again.
God is committed to your success. But in order to stand your ground, you need to focus on him and trust Him and His Word.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all” (Proverbs 3:5-7 The Message).
What situation has been consuming your focus? I want to challenge you today to give it up to God. Lean in to His strength and remember that in your weakness, His strength is made perfect.