Your faith is tested in trials. Will you still stand, when everything around you seems to be falling apart? When you prayed and God spoke, then afterwards the troubles increased? When you just prayed Lord take control and not long after everything is not going how you wanted it to?
When you just received a word about your future and nothing is happening yet? Will you question whether God spoke? Or will you hold on to His word, and go to God with the matter?
1 peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Thats what happened straight after Moses had spoken to Pharaoh and told him God said He should let the Israelites go. Before the Israelites were given straws to make brick as part of their labor. But after Moses had released God’s word to Pharoah things got worse. Pharoah ordered that the israelites go and find their own straw to make the bricks. Pharaoh ordered that they should be given even more work to do and not reduce their labor.
And the israelites told Aaron and moses that the Lord should judge them because matters had gotten worse since they spoke to Pharoah.
But where did Moses go after hearing the news? He went straight to the Lord first. He didn’t sit and wonder why things had gone worse. He didn’t ask His friends and family first and discuss it with them. He didn’t question what he had done wrong or give up.
He went straight to the Lord. And He asked God ” Exodus 5: 22: ” Lord why have you brought trouble on this people? Why isit you have sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharoah to speak in Your name, he has done evil to his people ; neither have you delivered your people at all
Exodus 6:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, Now you shall see what I will do to pharoah. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of Egypt.
When you have commited your life to God. When God has given you a word over your circumstance and over your life. And the next minute everything starts going the opposite dirrection. Go on your knees in prayer. Go back to God with any issues that emerge. Don’t sit down and cry. Don’t sit down and worry. Don’t beat your self up and try to figure out for yourself what you have done wrong when you know You have given your life to God. Seek God first and wait on Him. Be patient to hear His voice. But most importantly stand on the word He gave you whiles you wait for His answer.
Don’t loose hope. Take your eyes of the circumstance and put your focus on God. Worship through the problems. Don’t let it hold you back from smiling, from laughing.Don’t let it steal your joy.
Seek God for guidance and thank Him even when you haven’t seen the answer yet. Have faith in God. Don’t let the circumstance crumble you. Seek God and when you go through the fire. Like clay you may go through the fire soft, but you will come out of it stronger. You will come out shaped and refined as a result of holding on to God’s promises. You will come out knowing why you went through that, that the fire wasn’t meant to burn you or destroy you but to shape you for a purpose. To shape you for something greater.
Through the circumstance you will come to have a personal story, a personal journey between you and God. You will come to experience God’s mighty hand on a personal level.
Only when you hold on to the promise, to the dream, to the vision , no matter how hard it gets. And continue to seek God no matter how hard it gets. The trouble will pass and you will remain standing. So don’t let hard times make you unstable, keep standing, because a time will come where the strong wind will pass and if you held in to God and seek His face you will remain standing.
I remember when I first decided to take my relationship with God seriously and not be just be called a christian but act like one and be intentional about seeking God. But right after that decision i received bad news from different angles. I lost half of my essay, and a friend copied my work and collaborated with my lecturer so I would be introuble instead of her been blamed for plagirism. I was thinking “why would things get worse after I have made the decision to be serious about God and my relationship with Him”. But that kept me on my knees and more importantly I had my own personal experience with God when i saw Him turn everything around for my good. God revealed to me in a dream confirming that I will make it through and everything planned against me will not work. The dreams God revealed to came to pass. Not only did I experience God’s greatness and favor but i came to understand that God never fails when you depend on Him. I completed university and Continue to rely on Him into my career. And through that experience I learnt to rely on Him and seek Him even in the bad times.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Everything including the good and bad will work out for your good. So don’t loose focus on rainy days.
God loves you.