And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people."
I was encouraged by the testimony of Christine Caine, a popular Christian speaker and author. She was at the airport about to return home after a conference. After facing various challenges in transit, she managed to get on the plane to take her to her final destination. Unfortunately, however, the captain informed them that they would not be able to take off immediately. It turned out that because of the weather, there were 26 other planes ahead of them awaiting clearance for take off. He further went on to say that he did not believe the plane had enough fuel to wait that long. Immediately, this confident, woman of God started complaining to God, completely stressed with all the delays and challenges of this trip. However, in the midst of her tirade to God, the captain came back on the loud speaker and told them to immediately get themselves ready because they had been cleared for take off. It turns out that another run way which had been closed was now open and they - plane number 27 - were going to bypass all 26 planes in front of them and leave via that runway!
You can imagine how she felt. She was just busy practically telling God off in her mind and there was God now working a miracle out in her favour! Isn’t that so like us at times? We get discouraged, stressed, upset when situations don’t quite seem to be working out the way we would like. Our worry and fear increase and before you know it, we have forgotten all the good things God has done for us, all the times He came through for us - and right on time! In the midst of a trial or test, it can be so easy to forget who our God is and what He is capable of and the fact that He really never fails us!
I recall the story of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Each time they faced a challenge, they would complain. It seemed that they consistently forgot the miracles God performed for them with each new trial. They complained and even wanted to return to Egypt, the place of their bondage. God had parted the Red Sea and not only got them through safely on dry ground but used that same sea to drown their enemies (Exodus 14); He even literally provided food for them from heaven (Exodus 16:1-5) yet, each time a problem arose that they couldn’t handle, they forgot that their God could perform miracles. The psalmist David, on the other hand, was a man after God’s own heart because, although he faced numerous trials, he never failed to put his trust in His God. He knew where his help was going to come from and that if God did it for him before, He would do it for him again! Our problems may vary but the God who can solve them is the same.
In my own life, I have learned to trust God, choosing to believe that if He did it before He will do it again. With each challenge, He has been developing in me trust in Him. Yes, there are times when my faith begins to waver. The situation or challenge seems so scary, seems as if it will never end, seems as if it will get the better of me and I assure you my attitude is not always the best at those times. But, faithfully and beautifully, God always reminds me that He is right there, and He will see me through. There is nothing that I face that He can’t handle.
That day, God understood exactly Christine’s need to return home on time and her subsequent frustration at the various challenges she had been facing during travel. He could have allowed her to suffer through the wait but He chose to work a miracle just for her and to remind her about her attitude while she was waiting. Whichever way it went, God was going to work it out and she was going to get through this test. Sometimes we need to be reminded to have a good attitude during our trial or test; sometimes we need to put our faith into action; and sometimes we just need to remember that we serve a God of miracles and that with man it may be impossible but with God all things are possible! However you look at it, we are not required to figure it out or do it on our own. We are simply required to trust and let Him lead. He sees, He knows and He never fails!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour I encourage you to make that step now. In this tumultuous world in which we live, life can be so challenging at times. Yet, our God is ever-present and ever-ready to take us victoriously through any challenge, any test that will come our way. He really does see and know. He truly never fails!
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