I’ve never heard anyone celebrate the fact that they lost, their prayers weren’t answered or what they were expecting didn’t come. Have you?
Dire, desperate situations, it seems, customize themselves to our lives. We all have them. The Bible says to wait on the Lord so we do, believing as best we can He will somehow make a way. When the time comes when we think it should be over and it’s not, decisions must be made. Do we continue to wait? Take matters into our own hands?
That place of nothingness can be good or it can be bad. If we resort to desperation, desperate decisions can produce devastating consequences. Desperate people do desperate things. However, if we bring forward what we’ve learned from God during the times He has provided, consoled and comforted in times past…miraculously or otherwise, we could save ourselves from piles of regret.
When the answers don’t come; when all seems lost and hopeless that’s where our faith-talk meets our faith-walk. I’ve found myself in countless situations over the past few years similar to those I had helped others through. When you walk a road yourself that you’ve watched someone else walk, the view is certainly different! Truth is, until we find ourselves in something, we have no idea what we’ll do. That’s why Jesus warns us to never judge anyone else. We may think we know how we would handle it but we don’t!
During those “nothing”, waiting times, I’m learning to draw on my past experiences with God. I remember how we got through then and believe Him for now. Nothingness is a place where our faith can grow…or die. The choice is ours. After all, haven’t we been taught to “walk by faith, not by sight”? Will we, when the rubber meets the road? Nothingness is the OPPORTUNITY to believe His ways aren’t our ways; His thoughts aren’t our thoughts. Sometimes he has to bring us to “nothing” to see for ourselves how big (or little) our faith in Him is when there is nothing to place hope in but Him.
Give your faith a chance to manifest itself for what it is. The only way to do that is to get to the place where there is nothing left but faith. Faith isn’t just a word and it’s not just a feeling; faith is a Person. Faith IS Christ. At the end of the day in the horrifying place of nothingness, we’ll see how real He is to us…or how real He isn’t.
(For we walk by faith and not by sight.) 2 Corinthians 5:7
“And Jesus answered and said to them,”Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to his mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.” Matthew 21:21