As I mentioned before, God speaks to each of us in a different manner - the secret is knowing how to listen. I woke that day, and asked God to speak to grant me wisdom and guidance - but I heard nothing. Later that day as I was driving, I came up behind this spectacular ZR1 Corvette. It was a magnificent and beautiful black, that roared majestically. And at that same moment, I thought my own life. Why was I behind in life? How come I cannot afford to buy a great car like that. I mean, I had a great career, an MBA, and tons of experience. Instead my business was barely surviving and every month, I stressed about my finances. My thoughts began to betray me, as it has many other people.
Why does it seem your neighbors have a better house, a newer car, and seem to have more money. Do you not tithe to the House of God? Do you not pray and live a relatively good life? Why does those who do not honor God, seem to have more? They seem to live a better life full of abundance and happiness. And even worse, you see those who live a secular life, have received everything they ever wanted? These same questions ran through my mind and saddened me. I thought about my circumstance and felt defeated. With heavy heart, I asked God, why is it that the world rewards those who are far from God - and yet those close to God, struggle? I thought about how the Children of God, all have known suffering throughout history.
Then God revealed to me the story of Jeremiah exactly one day later. I was randomly listening to scriptures on YouTube. Pastor Jenkins talked about Jeremiah and how he complained to God. Mind you, I have never heard this passage before and did not know the story. But the story was amazingly appropriate for my question to God. Jeremiah was the leader of the Israelites; and at the time, and his people was seeing times of difficulty, while those all around experienced prosperity. The people asked Jeremiah to speak to God about their tribulations.
He (Jeremiah 12:2-4) asked God: "Lord, if I argue with you, you are always right. But I want to ask you about some things that don’t seem right. Why are wicked people successful? Why do people you cannot trust have such easy lives? You have put these wicked people here like plants with strong roots. They grow and produce fruit.With their mouths they say that you are near and dear to them, but in their hearts they are really far away from you. But you know my heart, Lord. You see me and test my mind. Drag the evil people away like sheep to be killed. Choose them for the day of slaughter. How much longer will the land be dry? How long will the grass be dry and dead?The birds and the animals of this land have all died, and it is the fault of the wicked."
God Responded (Jeremiah 12:5): "Jeremiah, if running in a race against men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?If you trip and fall in a safe place, what will you do in a dangerous place? What will you do in the thorn-bushes that grow along the Jordan River?"
This is such an amazing passage and response from God. You see, God prepares us for greatness - the greater the test - the greater the testimony. God answered Jeremiah's questions with His own questions. It so true, if you cannot withstand the small insignificant tests of life, how will you be victorious over the tests that really matter. How will you respond when you have to be strong for those around you? This is why God expects us to walk in confidence - not the earthly and humanly false confidence, but the true spiritual confidence. You see, the word confidence is really two Latin words: Con, meaning with; and Fideo, which means Faith. So the word confidence means "With Faith!" He revealed this to me as well, and many more passages from scripture to answer my questions.
1 John 5:14 - "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."
Hebrews 4:16 "Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
God's response to Jeremiah reminded me that I cannot give up and not to look with my eyes, but to see with my faith. So even though everything seems like it is going a different direction and you are not seeing the fruits of your labor and sacrifice - remember to always have that faith. Though you may not see the bounties of what you sow, it will come to pass. This scripture reminds us that God not moved by our feelings, but our Faith. God will grant you what you desire ultimately, but you must first know him, and pass his test of Faith. "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed," (Psalm 20:4). So when put to the test, hold your confidence and be thankful for blessings you have. For this is the response He is seeking from you.
Ephesians 3:12: "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence"
So when you are feeling like nothing is going your way, and it seems difficult, remember you can be victorious always under the Grace of God -- Philippians 4:13 "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
Remember, Victory is Yours - Glory is His!