Psalm 74: 20 (NLT) “Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence!”
Every so often, I come back to an issue that I have to contend with once again. Perhaps it’s because there’s a lesson that I need to learn that I haven’t yet learned. And when I find myself back in the same uncomfortable situation I tend to revel in negative feelings before I actually go to God for guidance. What do you do when you find yourself in an unfavorable situation that you’ve been in before? Do you wallow in your trouble? Do you become depressed and despondent? Do you call a friend before you call on Jesus?
Something that I should do before I consider anything else, is to whisper a prayer for help. After that, I need to remind myself of how God rescued me the last time. Time and again God has delivered me out of bad situations and He’s seen me through countless rough patches. He absolutely has performed miracles on my behalf on many occasions. Once I’ve remembered his goodness, it would then be time to pray again but this time I would remind God of what He promised me and ask Him to show up for me again. Let Him know that I remember what He did for me before and ask Him to do it again. Ask for another miracle. Ask for deliverance again. Ask for Him to show up once more for me in my condition. I should repeat any of these steps as many times as I need to until I come out of my negative state.
I find myself questioning how God could come through for me when I’m not faithful to Him. The answer to that is in Lamentations 3:21-23 (NLT) “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” I find myself wonder if I should keep asking God for the same thing over and over. The answer is in Luke 11:8-10 (NLT) “But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep on knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Read from verse 5 for context.)
It can be easy to think that God would treat us as harshly as perhaps we would treat others or ourselves. He is sovereign. He is our Father, Creator and Savior. He loves us and wants us to come to Him with all of our wants and needs, even if it’s for the same thing again!
I challenge you to go to God first.
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