LOOK TO GOD AND NOT TO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Sometimes, we find ourselves stuck in dire situations from which we see no clear way of escape. It may be a diagnosis of sickness, spiritual attack, financial trouble, relationship breakdown or other challenges.

Even when we ask God for help, we tend to calculate our chances of overcoming these challenges through natural means: what the doctors say, how others have fared in similar situations, our wisdom and financial capacity or the ability/willingness of those we know to help. While these may be relevant, we should never consider them the only resources we have.

Our greatest resource is God and He is indefinite and immeasurable in His capabilities. Beyond the natural things/people we know and have, when God steps into our situation, the impossible and inexplicable can happen. That is why we should never depend on our own understanding or labour in our own power alone.

In 2 Kings, Chapter 3, King Joram of Israel got the kings of Judah and Edom to accompany him to fight the Moabites. On the way, they ran out of water in the Desert of Edom and the armies of these three nations were in danger of perishing, along with their animals. When they consulted Elisha the prophet, this is what he said inter alia:

“16. … This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.”

Remember they were in the desert and note the words in verse 17- “You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water ….”

The next morning, just as Elisha prophesied, the armies woke up to see water all around them and were revived. Furthermore, the water led to the defeat of the Moabites who thought it was blood from the three armies massacring themselves because the land of Edom was red. When they came to mop up the survivors, the armies rose up and destroyed them.

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God is not limited by anything. Romans 4:17 (KJV) describes Him as the One who raises the dead “and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” That means He doesn’t need any tools or raw materials to create anything. He can just speak them into being. That is how He created the world and the things in it.

Hebrews 11:3 tells us that “the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

In the Book of Genesis, we are explicitly told the same thing in the creation story from which the verses below are drawn:

“1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 3. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” – Genesis 1: 1 & 3.

The same Word of God is with us now as Jesus, the Son of God, whose Spirit dwells in all those who have believed and confess His name, who by the same token have become children of God.

“1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was with God in the beginning. 3. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” – John 1:1-3.

“… to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” – John 1:12

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

Whatever the situation, never assume that you are alone. Remember that the Holy Spirit lives in you and listen to what He says.

The word of God is also documented in the Bible. As you prayerfully read it, God will speak to you and confirm the things His Spirit may have spoken to you in your heart.

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When you do this, you will find that you will never be caught in despair. Not only will you experience God’s deliverance as He wills, you will be able to go through tough situations with the cushion of His grace and comfort.

Your circumstances may say there’s no way out. But your circumstances are natural, they are limited. God, on the other hand, is spiritual and unlimited. He can do a miracle in your case- something beyond belief that addresses your need and brings you relief.

That is my prayer for you today- that our God, who is boundless and compassionate, will intervene on your behalf and call forth the answer to your problem, the solution that has eluded you and grant you peace. Amen in Jesus’ name.

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The scriptures used in this post are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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Kindly share in the comments, if you will, a testimony of where you couldn’t see a way out but God showed up for you. This will help to encourage others who read this post. Thank you!

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

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16 thoughts on “LOOK TO GOD AND NOT TO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

  1. This is insightful. As someone who overthinks, I have been making conscious efforts to leave things I have no control over to the will of God.
    Searched for a job through out the break, posted ads, went for interviews, gave up and God came through at the 11th hour with a good one.

  2. Most times it seems like all is lost and there is no way for you to get through, and in these kind of situations you find yourself falling into the darkness and having to fight your inner demons. But then it takes great faith to look unto God for help. But God is always the ultimate source of our help

  3. There are situations that people find themselves in life. These situations lead people to questioning God and God’s power. They loose the faith they have in God’s power and His ability to help them. But in all we should look up to God for He never sleeps nor slumber therefore whatever problem you are facing God knows and he would take care of you

  4. This post has really inspired me, I have been facing a challenge but after reading this post I have decided to stop and talk to God in prayers. Thank you so much for blessing me, may God bless you as well. Amen!

  5. Thank you so much Ma! We should never lean on our understanding rather we should trust in God. “I am never alone” I was really blessed by what you shared.

  6. I am so blessed by this post ma. Honestly I feel relieved from a heavy burden. I have just been reminded by this post of what God has been doing in my life and family, and what He is capable of doing.
    In 2018, my niece suffered from a misterious sickness. We spent all we had in the hospital but there was no improvement. Instead it was getting worse on daily basis. The doctor bluntly told my mother that he doesn’t know what else to do. “The lab results only showed that she has malaria, I have administered malaria drugs to her, and for four weeks, there is no changes at all. Madam, I have to discharge her so that you people can look for solution somewhere else instead of leaving her like this. The recent test shows that she is free from malaria”.
    After she was discharged, we resorted to prayers. My mother took her to the church, they stayed in the church, praying for two weeks. Just as if they are in the hospital, we cook food and take to them. And gradually, my niece got healed completely from the sickness. Glory to God

  7. If there is one thing I have learnt during this covid-19 period is I/we are not alone..even the smallest things I felt was nothing God was always there for me ,even the ones I felt were funny to include into my daily prayers ,God always zlcame through for me and funny part is that he does it in miraculous way I never expected ,,we should lay our problems at God’s feet ,not cry over them,when we cry instead of praying we are indirectly saying that God is not capable of handling such issues…nice post ma❤️

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