“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
In my years as a Christian, I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread.
However I have often wondered why sometimes we are unable to appropriate the promises of God in due season, and I have personally witnessed a disturbing trend amongst some of us Christians to give up too easily. To hide when we have challenges. To shut down because of pressure. To become withdrawn, and incommunicado and in some cases forsake the assembly with the saints.
I’ve seen people isolate themselves instead of pressing in more towards God, and forging forward in the storm. The storm is not the right time to take a break from serving, worshiping or pressing in.
I have been up and I have been down, and if you ask me, what’s the one formula for getting out of a storm quicker, I’d say, it’s better to GO THROUGH. Don’t run. Don’t hide. Don’t think woe is me. Don’t feel you are a victim. Don’t assume you are alone. Don’t think I need to shut down completely. It’s rarely the right decision. It slows down your victory. When in a storm, the best advise I have to give is KEEP ON MOVING. Plant your root deeper, and don’t fear when the heat comes. Confront what is confronting you. Give of yourself even more generously (if practical), don’t stop writing, don’t stop serving, don’t lose your voice. Perhaps, your challenges are meant to help you expand your capacity, to stretch you, to see what stuff you are made of.
In the day of adversity, will your strength be weak?
Rise up, and fight for your destiny and stop allowing circumstances to bow you down.
You are like a tree flourishing! You will bring forth fruit in your season. Faint Not.