As I was reading Psalms 78 this morning I am reminded about just what God has done for me and my family and how we are called to share our stories – our testimonies. Psalm 78 is all about what God did for Israel and how He saved them and brought them out of Egypt, supplying all their needs. Moreover, verse 2 says, “I will speak in stories,” so the question is ‘what is your story, what are you telling people around you?’
We can break the above down into two types of Christians the “over-comers’ and the ‘defeated.’ What I mean by this is, some people, no matter what, stay strong and stand firm while others, sadly, give up and give in. Now I know life can be exceptionally hard but we have the promises of God to bring us through all situations, (there is nothing new under the sun), and when we cannot do it then Jesus can and He does. Jesus will go before us in any battle, He will calm all our raging seas, He will bring us refreshment in the desert, and He will always be there – never leaving us nor forsaking us. In my walk with Christ I have met quite a few Christians who live with a defeatist attitude and a poor pitiful-me emotional outlook on life; this is not how God has called us to live as that is not living. Sadly, some of their complaints have just ranged from sore feet to ‘he said… she said. . .’ On the other hand, I also know Christians who have struggled with cancer, have raised a mentally handicapped adult, and survived abusive situations, yet they have kept their faith and spread the joy of the Lord to others, telling their story. Also, personally I have been rejected, lied about, had health problems, and major operation; however, in all that I was constantly reminded about what God had done for me in the past and will continue to do in the future. I am not trying to belittle or play down your problems, no, what I would like to do is help you remember who God is, what He has done for you and for you to change your story, from a defeated Christian with no hope to an over-comer with hope everlasting.
What is faith? “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it…” (Hebrews 11:1). Even when we are going through a trial it is important to remember God has already worked everything out for His Glory, our answer is already on the way, and we just have to let God be God. Sometimes, it is as easy as changing our mindset from, “I can’t see the way out” to “God has already made my path straight and lit my way”. God has given us His Word, He has set shepherds over us and He has placed people in our paths to help us, we are not alone. When there is a problem we can go directly to Jesus, we can go to ‘godly’ counselors, we can go to our Pastors (without judgment); however, what we cannot do is remain alone and try and figure it out for ourselves. We are called to be a “body,” we are the “body of Christ;” we are not a single entity wondering around all alone.
So, if today you are suffering, go to your Word, speak with God, go to your Pastor and lay it down at the feet of Jesus, as He is more than able to carry your burdens. Going back to Psalm 78, change the story that you are telling both with your words and with your life, start telling the story of Christ and what He has done for you in the past and what He will do for you in your future. Our God is a Healer, a Provider, a Protector, and a Savior, He will not leave us lonely and afraid, and He will set our feet on His Rock and brought us out of the dirt – if we let Him. Also, if you do not know Christ, call on Him for today is the day of your salvation, call on the name of Jesus as He is that close and change your story, to His, it is that easy.