Have you ever wondered what God can do with your life – right now – wherever you are and whatever situation you find yourself in? For those who have stumbled through life – even falling down a few times – you know how hard it can be to find your Way Back. For many, total healing and recovery is always the light at the end of the tunnel. Forever striving and reaching towards some inner peace that always seems just out of grasp. Why is this?
Why do so many continue to bear the weight of their past and allow it to mark the paths of their future?
For starters, the arsenal of weapons stockpiled against us by the enemy is pretty stout. Guilt, fear, shame and the inability to forgive ourselves are just some of the bullets fired. One of the biggest gun barrels we stare down is dealing with the consequences of our life decisions on a daily basis. You may have this great energy and desire to overcome, but are reminded daily of your past because of the present situations you face. Whether you turn left or right and they are there – waiting – and reminding.
Health issues from a hard life once lived.
Relationships with spouse, ex or kids are a reminder of the past.
Financial situation isn’t as good as it could be because of your past.
The job or career you have (or don’t have) is a reminder of what you haven’t accomplished.
This is the tricky part when a person turns from sin and failure and makes their Way Back to God. We so desperately want a do-over or a mulligan – a clean slate – in life. While God promises a clean slate in our heart and mind, our everyday life may still be marred with the fallout from decisions made. We so badly want the two to go hand in hand: victory in inner life and victory in outward life. Relationship issues to go away. Financial situation instantly better. The job or career we want now.
Whatever issues you face as you roll out of bed each morning, ask yourself these two questions. Whatever chaos is manifested in your life, either as a result of past decisions or maybe for no explainable reason, face it with these two questions:
Can I have a life of great purpose and happiness and productivity based on where I am right now?
Does God still have a plan for me even though in places I am broke down and beaten up?
Regardless of the situation a person may face, I believe the answer to both of these is a resounding YES!
One of the many names for God in Hebrew is Jehovah- Jireh. It means “The LORD Will Provide.” When we turn away from failure and make our Way Back to Him – we realize He has always been there and continues to be our Jehovah- Jireh. He is faithful when we are not. Our acceptance and His provision are not based on our abilities alone. He will provide. Sometimes it is instantaneously. Many times it is not. Don’t stop. Don’t give up.
God will show up and make a way for you in whatever situation you face. It may not always be as fast as we would like. It may not always look like we want or thought it would. And it may require adjustments and action on our part, but God will provide. His focus is more on a life satisfied in Him than a life that reflects our own success.
If you are like me, when you find yourself in need you can identify with the leper in Luke 5:12-13. When Jesus showed up in his town, this man begged Jesus to heal him and said, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.” This man didn’t doubt God’s ABILITY to provide for him.
He just wondered if Jesus would be willing to do it for him.
God is for you – not against you. He is willing to do for you – whatever is needed to live a life satisfied in Him.
So when you roll out of bed tomorrow – say “hello” to whatever problems you face and know that your victory rests in a God who is powerful enough and willing to provide you what you need.
Be satisfied in Him first and let the rest follow His lead. Our peace is not dependant on our circumstances around us. Our peace rests in God and the fact that our acceptance is based on Jesus and nothing we have or can ever earn. Everyone can have a productive life of great purpose and happiness – regardless in the middles of the daily struggles we endure.