We live in a society where when life is great we can focus on God, but when life gets ruff and dark we hide in that darkness. The song Oceans by Hillsong or by Sarah Reeves has been on mind mind of lates because of my situation where I have been waiting for an open door into ministry or even a full time job. I have been swallowed in the oceans many times through this time. It has been hard not only for me, but also my wife. We live with my parents who have gracefully taken us under their care, and her parents help as they can. This may not be a worst situation, but it can mess with your mind, emotions, and your spiritual walk with God. It is an everyday battle to keep my eyes up looking at my Lord. Knowing that I have many promises from Him, but I am also living each day with faith without promise.
The oceans are all around you, and a storm comes with waves consuming you. You find yourself going under several times. While you are under you feel this calm cold desire to just give up. You just want to close your eyes and let the darkness consume you. You yell but no one can hear you under the waters. You open your eyes one last time, but it seems there is no hope, no chance to survive the overwhelming coldness. Then you start thinking about His promises, you remember that faith is not by sight, and then you forgot to let go to God (not to your power).
We live so much in our own power, and forget that God never expects us to live life in our own power. He has never told us that it will be easy or even painless. We believe that when life is going well then we are living the life that God wants, and when it is going south that we are falling away from God. The truth is that when trials come (and they will), and when suffering fills our lives it is not because God has forgotten us nor wants us to hurt. It is life, and He uses those situation to mold us into what He needs us to be. He challenges us, works in us, and reminds us of who He is and His Will. Trusting in Him no matter what! (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I have added the Oceans song before this, and please take the time to listen with your eyes closed as a prayer to God. Listen to the words. It reminds me of when Peter began to sink when he noticed the waves around him. We do the same thing. We take our eyes off the Lord, and sink in our troubles. I beg of you to remember to RUN to your LORD. Give Him your life and troubles, have faith in His promises, and hang on to Him with trust and faith (1 Peter 4:7).
We may never see the answers we want. We may never get a YES to a prayer request. We may get suffering as a part of our growth. It is how we tread through the darkness (Psalm 23:4). We can either huddle up in the corner, create a wall around you, or you can ask Him to help you through each battle. He can give you the strength, the peace, and the power to face the darkness. Remember that Satan will attack you more when you are walking the path that God has for you. God will give you the desires of your heart:
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b] 4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. (Psalm 37:3-6)
If you know that God has made a way for you; you have to be focused on Him. Even if it takes years to have the door opened. Understand this, it is a journey to follow Christ, it is an everyday battle against the darkness, and it is about a relationship with our Lord God. Will you keep your eyes above the Oceans?