What do you do when things go badly wrong? I am not talking about when you get a low mark for your test, or you miss the bus, or you drop your sandwich on the ground. I am talking big scale, kind of catastrophe. What do you do when life seems to be running away from you, and everything is going wrong.
Joel 1 v 19 To you, O Lord, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field. 20 Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
- You can panic
- You can have a nervous breakdown
- You can bury your head in the sand and do nothing
- You can rage at God and at the situation
- You can call out to God and stand on His promises
Now of course, it is not hard to see from the above list, which is the obvious choice we would recommend. I also don’t say any of the above sarcastically, because under extreme pressure of things going badly wrong, there is nothing funny about that. I know firsthand because aside from Passion network I run a business that is currently undergoing sever financial stress. And when you have financial stress, it spills over everywhere. So I am speaking from first hand experience.
How do we stand on the promises of God? I mean how does one do that practically?
The answer is to guard your heart and your thoughts. If you stop your thoughts from becoming too negative, you can stop the ensuing feeling of despair. What you think becomes what you feel, and what you feel usually leads to what you do. If you are feeling very hungry, you go and eat. if you are very sad, you cry. If you feel very sleepy, you go and sleep. So it is important that your thoughts are guarded. To do this, you have to keep the promise of God’s word in mind.
One thing that really helps is speaking positive things. By saying really positive things aloud, you remind yourself that God is good. he is a loving Father. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Han onto that hope, speak the words of hope and wait for God to come through.