Often when we face adversity we quickly assume that God must not be in what we are doing, so we decide that He wants us to do something else. It is difficult to persevere, and easy to get comfortable putting off what we know we should be pursuing. When results do not come fast enough, we try to find other things to do. Questioning God instead of ourselves comes with ease. We presume His timing is not right rather than giving Him more time. Discouragement can lead to a diversion from our walk. The Spirit of God leads us to consider our ways so we get back by seeking the way of the Lord.
God told the exiles, through Haggai, to consider their own ways. They had returned to their homeland to rebuild the temple of the Lord 16 years earlier, but through the discouragement resulting from their enemies’ constant attacks, ceased construction. They occupied themselves with building their own house instead of the house of the Lord. The Hebrew meaning of “consider your ways” is to “get your heart on your ways” or “put your hearts on your road.” Jesus is the way and it’s in seeking Him that we remain strong in pursuing His will for our lives.
The Holy Spirit, with love and grace, helps us keep our focus on the King. He enables us to bounce back from discouragement, depression and despair. He turns our setbacks into comebacks and places us on the right tracks, from glory to glory!
Haggai 1:6 “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”
When adversity comes, God makes a way of escape so we are able to endure it. He not only makes a way of escape, He is the way, in so many ways, no matter what comes our way.
The Lord brings us out of trials suddenly, stepping into our situation supernaturally. He makes a way when there is no way. Before the way out manifests, the Spirit of Christ helps us escape in the midst of the trial by taking us deeper in the realm of the spirit. The way out in the natural realm is preceded by a way out in the spiritual realm, so we can learn to abide in Him, The Way, at all times. The moment we set our hearts upon the Lord, worshipping Him, we are walking towards the way out of our troubles!
As a believer, the way we have taken in the Kingdom tells us we have received the way out of darkness, out of sickness, out of hurt, out of despair, and out of any evil that comes our way. By our Lord’s grace, we can trust that The Way to victory has been prepared for us at every crossroad, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Are things coming between us and the Lord? No! He is always with us, but the cares of this world and the fiery darts of our adversary may hinder our feelings of closeness with the Lord.
We know this is happening when our walking in love, joy and peace is altered. When we receive bad news from a doctor, are unable to pay a bill, or have a difficult conflicting situation with someone, we may feel as though the Lord is far away. What happened can appear to come between us and the Lord; we may not hear His voice clearly, receive His love or trust His care.
What we learn to do in these cases is see the Lord handling the situation, and know the Lord is placing a hedge of protection around us. He stands between us and the difficulty. We do so by faith, quickly remembering He is with us and not far away. We are able, by His grace, to allow nothing to come between us and know that all that comes through His love is upon us. Our Lord Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant and we are reconciled to God. We can hold tight because He has brought us to a place of surety, comfort and safety. This persuasion handles any division, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Lord told the disciples that when they go into a city to heal the sick, and are rejected, to shake the dust off their feet. He said the Kingdom would come near them anyway. In other words, rejection cannot hinder the release of what comes from God. It is manifested, whether it is received or not. When it’s not received, it hinders people from walking in what God brings to them, but it never diminishes the reality of God.
When the spirit of rejection moves through others to us, we feel inadequate, inferior and insecure. It’s our adversary, satan, who is the author of such lies. Through his lies, fueled with fear, he tempts us to believe we are rejected by God and other people. The spirit of antichrist comes against the truth. The truth is: we are accepted in the beloved, Jesus the Christ. All that pertains to the Lord is released through us, everywhere we go and in whatever we do. God loves us, is for us, and through Christ, we can do all things.
In and through Christ, we are secure and able. Others might refuse to accept who Christ is, but we submit to who He is. We accept who we are in Him. We do not hesitate to allow the Holy Spirit to move through us. We shake the dust off our feet because our feet carry His glory with every step. We do not let rejection shake us; we shake it off, from glory to glory!
Luke 10:8-11 “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ ”
In the midst of adversity we may be tempted to put our eyes on the problems, issues, hurdles or hardships we face. Instead, focus on Him and we will find the comfort and hope we seek as we see the Lord watching us with His loving care.
Keeping our eyes on the Lord helps us magnify Him and His promises, not the problems. Our encouragement comes when we see that He sees us. It means we are important to Him. He sees us and knows everything there is to know about our situations. He doesn’t see us wondering what He can do for us, but He sees the answer He has sent forth materializing in our lives. He watches over us, caring for each one of us because we are “the apple of His eye.”
As an “apple of His eye,” we are weak and tender. We can be bruised, hurt and in pain from even the smallest bump. We are careful because we do not want to be hurt. God sees, protects and preserves us from more than we know. As long as we see that He sees us, we can walk by faith and not by sight. In our weakened state under adverse conditions, God’s affection for us is amazing. He cares for us, protects us, and hides us under the shadow of His wings, from glory to glory!
Genesis 16:13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”