We have to remember that the LORD loves us. HE doesn't always "fix" all of our situations the way we want HIM to or in the time we want HIM to. Sometimes there are things HE wants to show us...teach us. The LORD wants us to grow in HIM. Without the trials...whatever they may be...we just go on living our life and don't think we need to change. Ohhh...but how we do need to change!
Sometimes we become okay with how things are. We know we are a Christian but we have slacked off in the things we know we should be doing. Here is a little transparency about myself...and you know I don't like letting people see the real me...but I do need to share...
I used to love to read and study my bible. Actually couldn't wait to get the chance to really take time to learn! But over the last months I just really have been losing the desire to do this. There were times that I enjoyed it but for the most part it has been as if nothing makes sense to me anymore. I read and it's like my brain...but mostly my heart...is just not getting it! The worst thing of all though is that I have lost that feeling of expectation and excitement. I always loved how I felt when I read and studied...the excitement that the LORD placed in my heart...and just way down deep within my soul! It's just been gone. This has greatly affected every aspect of my life. It has affected my relationships...with the LORD...with friends...with family...and it has affected even my writing in this blog. I could say that it is the fault of the trials and battles that have done this but it's not. It's how I have reacted to those trials and battles...and how I have let them change me instead of letting GOD have control and change me through them.
Because of the things that GOD allows into our life we can either choose to grow and become closer to HIM...or gradually pull away and let the evil one have a little more control over us each day. Sometimes we don't even realize that is what we are doing. Satan is subtle and will work his way in a little at a time. A little thought of discouragement here...a little nudge of despair there...until he has you in what I will call...the doldrums!
Doldrums definition ~ black mood...gloom...indifference...disinterest...flatness...unconcern...lack of interest...depression.
Quite a list isn't it? But that's what happens. All of those things...feelings...start happening to us and we have to make a choice. Either we decide that we will go on living...not really much of a life...in this state or we choose to let GOD take total control of the situations in our life that brought us to this point. Whatever those things are in your life they are small in comparison to the things GOD has for you. Even if HE chooses to not change what's going on HE will change how you accept them and how they affect you.
Will you draw closer to the LORD through the times in your life that are hard? You can only win by doing this!
Or will you gradually pull away and let the evil one win out? We all have to make this choice for ourselves.
1 Peter 5:7-10
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7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
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3 Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].