Dealing with the storms of life.
Sometime ago I recall reading something during my quiet time and I came across the thought of “living with an inactive God.” These words jumped out at me with my next thought being: “wow that is a powerful statement.” Most of us feel at times that God is very inactive in our lives and in our world.
Truth is, whether we say it, admit it or recognize it, we all go through seasons in our lives when we feel that ‘God must be busy with someone else to take care or even notice our own. Trust is fading.
Times of loneliness, insecurities, indecisiveness, confusion and wondering – brings us to utter prayers of desperation but seemingly nothing happens.
Doubt is a deadly weapon
Doubt often sets in and begins to destroy our faith in the One we live for and trust. Doubt is a deadly weapon of the enemy that we can not afford to work with, or better yet - live with.
If we believe that the difficulties of our lives and the silent seasons of relationship with God, as well as the “unanswered prayers” mean that God is indifferent and inactive, we’ll feel all alone.
When we feel alone, we become desperate and often gravitate to that which makes us feel more secure – that which we are familiar with. In reality, what we are familiar with requires little to no faith to function in.
Living with an “inactive God” causes us to live with a nagging, gnawing sense of dread. A sense that causes us to feel like perhaps we have “made the wrong decision,” or “God is mad and me,” or “I’m confused; - I don’t understand,” and so on and so forth, generating a decision to quit.
These types of negative and defeating emotions and experiences are often detrimental to our faith, our confidence and our trust in God. More often than not, they last for quite some time – long enough to get us to “live” in doubt and fear instead of in faith and confidence – total trust in God.
However, if we believe God is always ahead of us, preparing our future as well as preparing us for greater things with a greater purpose, we live with a sense of wonder at His goodness and grace.
I know that practically, the above statement is easier said than done. When you are in the middle of a serious trial, it is not as easy to fully and blindly trust in God, as it is when life is good. Yet, the truth of the matter is, it is still very possible – but it takes work, practice and… well, trust.
So I waited
Sometimes our experiences can be heart wrenching when we pray for direction, provisions, or God’s intervention, but nothing happens. I know about this personally.
I remember being in the middle of a major dilemma that was forcing me to make a difficult decision. I already knew what my decision was going to be when the situation started. If I would've made the decision the way I had decided, it could've backfired causing others to question my character or testimony.
So I waited. I waited for the appropriate time.
When the time came for my wife and I to make the right decision and choose God’s path, it was received well by many, and not so good by others. The very thing I was concerned and was protecting others from still happened and I felt like my decision had backfired on me.
I knew that it would take some time before everyone involved in the situation would see the truth – because truth always prevails. And so, forward we went, hurting, and wondering “God why?” Meanwhile, (God was, unbeknownst to us) working behind the scenes.
See, one thing we must keep in mind, and that is that when God does not appear to be working in one area, it is because He is working on another area that has to do with the situation.
The thing is, the area he’s working on is often a much obscured area that others don’t see clearly. Those areas are often someone’s heart, our hearts, as well as situations that seem unrelated.
Several months – in fact – over a year’s time went by and everyone’s heart and mind were cleared with the truth and many came to me and apologized or clarified their position.
All along my wife and I did absolutely nothing. Well, yeah we did – we prayed! That was all.
In the midst of the storm
We decided to trust God in the midst of the storm. We decided to trust him even if it hurt and I could take care of matters myself. We decided to trust even if we would be ridiculed or mocked by others.
We chose to trust even when trusting was hard. We were honest with God. We asked for His grace to help us get through the mess.
And so he did. After it was all said and done, we looked back and realized that if we would’ve taken care of things on our own, we would have failed miserably. But God vindicated us and revealed the reality of the situation.
God is a good God! We must come to terms in our minds and hearts and be convinced that God is good! And He is good all the time – not some of the time.
We must be convinced that living with an “inactive God” is a lie of the enemy. God is very active – even in times when he seems inactive. When work is done behind the scenes, nobody notices and everyone seems anxious about the moment.
God in his great love always works behind the scene so that when the main scene is seen, then you and others will see the unseen in the scene.
He’s working in you, for you and with you
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About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life