The odds may be overwhelming you. Perhaps your husband has left you. You have three children to raise with no source of income, having worked as a homemaker for 15 years. Perhaps you just lost your job. It is tough to start over again, at any age. But now you have two children in Uni. Perhaps your doctor has discovered a malignant lump. The prognosis is not favourable.
In situations like this, when you do not know which way to turn, what to do, how to act, or what to say – God has a way. Whatever your circumstance, God can help you through; even if your circumstance does not improve. He will sustain and strengthen you as you employ the timeless principles of His Word.
God uses difficult odds to build our faith. The Christian life starts, continues, and ends by faith in Jesus Christ. When our problems overload us, doubt is usually our adversary’s advance attack. We question God’s wisdom, wonder about His power, and waver in our faith in His promises.
When the odds are against you, God wants to establish your faith and confidence in Him. He wants you to look to Him for the answer. God understands our tendency to doubt. Even when we are faithless – He remains faithful.
God can only use men and women who place their trust in Him. While we want to develop faith simply by reading about it, biblical faith is often best developed when the bottom drops out, when the skies darken; when all of our props are kicked out from underneath us. Then we are helpless and dependent on Him – exactly the condition where He can mould genuine faith.
God does not want you to depend on your past performance. He does not want you to rely completely on your talents, personality, status, or abilities. He wants you to depend on Him in life’s daily battles because it is His plan, purpose, will, and counsel that will ultimately succeed. Confidence is an asset. But God wants us to realise that the source of our confidence is His presence in our lives. When the mountain of trouble looms large in front of you, God wants you to come to Him for help; for with Him all things are possible. Your skills and determination can accomplish much, but they are no match for God’s power. He brings you to the end of yourself so that you might learn to rely on Him. We must realise that when we are the weakest in our own eyes – we are the strongest in God’s. 2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds us of this.
Do not despair. Do not give up. God will encourage and strengthen you as you face your dilemma. Cry out to Him and He will answer. Reviving the faint-hearted is God’s specialty. Fortifying weak knees and hearts is His joy. Praise Him for His encouragement. Worship Him for His help that He has promised to provide. As you do, you will encourage yourself in the Lord and your faith will soar.