There are times in this life when you feel like you are at the edge of the cliff, looking down deep into the abyss, your heart screaming on the inside for rescue, but there seems to be no relief, and no comfort. You doubt your very sanity as the weight of your burden has broken every escape, and collapsed all hope. It is at these times when you must realize that many times these dispensations of distress are divine appointments where God can intimately meet with you. He is the only place that you can find peace and strength. As you begin to doubt yourself, Christ can begin to work on your behalf directing you to Him as He rescues you from your desperation and doubt.
This world is filled with self-help videos and books that tell to you look inside, be positive, look to lift yourself up and discover your “inner strength” to win. In trying to will our self to victory, we come up with all kinds of schemes to survive – we workout insanely to upgrade our bodies, move to a better neighborhood, change marriages, friends and jobs – as ways to get ahead, instead of turning to God. But in none of these will you find your rescue. The truth is, as you are sucking in the dust from your barren fields of doubt, choking on hopelessness, trying to find God, you will come to realize that He who is your “outer strength”, has already discovered you.
As you are surrounded and battered by troubles, you will not be demoralized. When you don’t know what to do, be assured that God does know what to do. In the midst of all your struggle, God will never leave your side. While you’re going through the worst, you’re safe in the hands of the Best!
We all look at, and admire great men and women of faith; people who have great exploits and done great things in the name of God. Their strength came from Christ, who strengthened them. In the midst of your greatest doubt is a great place to realize that, even though you feel your faith is weak, it is the same God that you are turning to that every great man and woman of God derived their strength from also. That same strength is available to you. You must come to the realization as you doubt in yourself, that your faith is not based on your devotion to Him, but in His devotion to you.
When you are in your darkest hour, in your deepest void, in your greatest doubt, feeling like you can’t hang on to God, don’t worry – God is holding on to you.
Your deliverance will not come from thinking positive, being stronger, behaving better, or believing better, but by trusting in Christ who has already secured your hope and victory on the cross. Trust in your divine source that transcends your own power and ability. He is your “outer strength”, a safe fortress, and your inner peace–where all is still.
Doubt your “self” and trust in Jesus in the midst of the storm, when thunder, lightning, and fierce dark clouds are boiling over your life. Don’t be preoccupied and self-centered, placing your efforts on the inside of your “self” – turn to God, your “outer strength” when you are in doubt. Doubt yourself, but never doubt Him. He is far greater than what you see as your present reality – He has overcome the world.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
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