I am in a transition period, of sorts. I am moving from one place to another and experiencing the good, bad and confusing that come along with deciding to go hard for a huge goal in my life. Thus, this series is to share with you but also for myself.
I told you all is may seem a little selfish, which is not my intent. However, trusting God and placing your confidence in Him does not mean your walk will be rosy.
Oh no… I wish it were so…
Actually I don’t wish it were so because it is in my greatest trials, my toughest nights, my deepest pits that God’s light shined the greatest.
Beloved, I have to level with you. This walk is not easy. It’s not.
I mean, merely consider, we are living a walk of faith. We are in a constant state of embracing an existence in our heart that is not yet realized. To others you could seem like a dreamer.
…wait that’s a line from a song… 😀
Anyway, last night I had a friend, a sister, at church stop me. She is reading this series and we shared a few minutes after bible study.
My sister recently left her job and is confident God is calling her to another place in her life. She too is in a transition. However, her family is not fully aboard. They do not understand why she’d leave her job for the unknown. Why she’d leave her job without some sort of assurance of her day-to-day well being.
My sister sees walking in faith as a praise report. Her family sees it as a prayer request. This left her defensive as she struggled with trying to explain what she was doing…why she was doing it…and so on.
During our discussion I reminded her that everyone will not always understand or see what God is doing in our lives. Because in reality we are asking them to trust us while we trust Him.
I shared this story with her and I hope you too will take courage from it.
Trust the Lord
Hezekiah, a young king, did what was right in God’s eyes. He trusted in the Lord. The word says, “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him”(Read it.)
Hezekiah had success in everything he undertook but he would experience some troubles in his kingdom. His trust—and faith—would be tested. During this test his kingdom would have to trust him while he placed his trust in God.
He endured assassination of his character, authority and his ability to protect his kingdom. He had taunters stirring doubt and disbelief amongst his kingdom as they tried to entice his followers to a better offer.
The naysayers in Hezekiah’s life painted him as a disillusioned man lacking power. They all but said…”give up and you can’t beat me”.
You see, Hezekiah is not the only man of God that will experience naysayers. Doubters.
Hezekiah is not the only man of God who will have to stand when folding seems like a better option.
Hezekiah will not be the only man of God who will have to trust God and trust God and trust God.
Hezekiah is not the only man of God who will endure in the transition.
Have you not heard?
Know who you serve.
Hezekiah went before God, his God, my God, your God and prayed,
“O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,
you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. …”
He said, God do you see this, do you hear this? He prayed,
“O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the
kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”
God answered Hezekiah in a mighty way. Read it.
Confidence in God
But for us today I’d like for you to really examine this situation and your own.
We know Hezekiah:
- Did what was right in the eyes of the Lord
- Trusted in the Lord
- He held fast to the Lord
- He did not cease to follow Him
- He kept the commands of the Lord
The Lord was with Hezekiah and he was successful in whatever he undertook.
Notice that his trusting was not a one-time event. He placed his trust in the Lord and when things began to stir he leaned closer to God. He heard the taunters but his confidence was in God.
Don’t Doubt, Pray
I believe the same is true for us today. But don’t take my word for it…
…no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will
refute every tongue that accuses you.
…all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in
you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Question: How has your confidence in God led you to a victory while in a transition?
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This tandem series on CONFIDENCE is a joint effort between Dana Pittman and Dayna Bickham. Both Dana and Dayna blog about life, grace, and God’s love and plan for you. To follow this series, visit here to learn more.