It is one thing to be strong when no forces are coming against you. It is easy to swim forward when there is no current or tide. One can often run fastest without wind resistance. There is no difficulty in smiling when others around you smile back. But how often, may I ask, is your personal life so perfect and flawless? How often do you find yourself in situations where you are met with little to no resistance at all? In short, when was the last time your life played out exactly the way you thought it would, or would have liked it to?
I ask these questions because as I bend and grow and stretch in my walk with God, His Word becomes to much more alive and meaningful to me. It’s one thing to hear a good word on Sunday or Wednesday, and to hoop and holler “Amen” and “Preach it” to the pastor because he or she is saying something that is of importance. It’s another, totally different ball game when I get home and have to face my life and truly walk out the truths I have learned. It’s one thing to hear someone say, “Think positively.” It is another thing to train myself to think positively, EVEN when everything around warrants negative thoughts or reactions.
When (not if) I am faced with adversity, resistance, and rejection, God asks me to walk forward and not falter in my steps. God doesn’t tell me to sit down, cry, think about the worst possible situation, and then run back a few steps until the path clears. As a matter of fact, that sounds ridiculous, and if a god ever asked me to do that, it would be a god I wouldn’t serve. No, in truth, the glory goes to God when we push past whatever is holding us back, when we refuse to give into our fleshly (worldly) feelings, and we make a firm decision to continue forward and rely on what is INSIDE of us, and not on what we see outside of us.
Tonight, I encourage you to keep walking. Keep thinking positively, even though you don’t have the money to pay your car note that was due last week. Keep thinking positively even though you fear you’re about to lose your job and you can’t remember how to create a resume in Microsoft Word. Keep thinking positively even though you THINK you don’t have everything you need right now. Because at the end of the day, God has equipped you with everything you will ever need, and if your thoughts focus on HIM, and not what you see, you can stand firm on even the strongest of quick sand.