I once heard someone say that trouble sometimes comes in bunches like bananas. I can identify with that statement. Have you ever been bombarded with back to back incidences and thought, “what else can go wrong”?
In these situations, the bigger issue is not how the Lord is going to deliver us, but how we respond in the middle of the crisis. As believers, our spiritual instinct tells us that God is bigger than any situation we encounter. Deliverance is just a passing thought to God, that’s because He is more interested in how we respond in the middle of the crisis, than how He is going to deliver us.
Will we choose to trust Him even if He is slow to respond, or if it appears that deliverance is not coming at all? If you haven’t noticed yet, when you are serious about your walk with God you will continually be thrust to the edge, or as Henry Blackaby puts it, you will experience “a crisis of belief”.
This recurring wave of attack is like an invasion. Sometimes it’s about finances or material needs and other times its about family, relationships or physical health. If we are not careful, our focus will be so centered on our problems that we are tempted to take our eyes off of God’s ability to deliver.
We must remember that we belong to THE KING. He spoke the world into existence and by His word the universe spins on His command. What circumstance could possibly be greater than our Father’s ability, love, and concern?
Jesus addresses this issue in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life, whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:25 NLT)
It’s apparent by the tone of this passage that Jesus wants our trust level to be at such a point, that when trouble comes, we automatically assume our Father knows our need and is already working in our behalf. He then concludes this thought by emphasizing the absurdity of worry; “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
As a committed follower of Jesus we can expect two things. First, there will be times when we are bombarded with circumstances that we can’t control nor fix. We can expect to have a sense that we are out of control.
Secondly, when that happens we must remember that our “spiritual instinct” is to trust and not worry. We are to assume that if God allows it, then we know our Heavenly Father has our back, and there is more to the event than a need to be delivered.
“Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6;34 NAS)