Where do I begin? in fact, I’ll begin with myself… (usually a good place to start.)
Can I be real with you? So I’ve been praying for God to reveal Himself to me, I’ve been yearning to experience Him like never before. I want more of Him. I don’t know about you but I’m nowhere near satisfied with where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. So I’ve been praying….
And I was thrown into a valley and I’ve been in this valley for a while now.
And I’ve been asking God why.
And I’ve been asking God to take me out of this valley.
Because I don’t like it. It’s uncomfortable and was making me miserable.
And then God revealed to me, that unfortunately, what I have been asking of Him, doesn’t happen in the mountains. What I’ve been praying to Him for doesn’t happen in my comfort zone. GROWTH, happens in the valley. For God to show me who He really is, He first has to take me to a place of desperation and complete dependency. So that, not only do I learn to trust in Him and increase my faith (like I asked) but when HE MIRACULOUSLY TAKES ME OUT, HE GETS ALL THE PRAISE!
See, the reason why some of you don’t see God’s supernatural works in your lives is because YOU DON’T ALLOW HIM TO. As soon as a tests comes, you grab it and run off and try to figure out how YOU are going to conquer it. And then you turn around and ask “Lord HOW AM I going to do this? HOW AM I going to get out of this mess? HOW AM I going to resolve this situation?” Honey boo-boo child stop. Right. There.
No. This is not how our gracious, all powerful and LIVING God works. Instead of taking our lives into our own hands and trying to solve it (I’m so guilty of this), what we’re supposed to do, when a trial comes, is, we’re supposed to go down on our knees and say “here Lord, you deal with this.”‘ AND. LEAVE. IT. THERE. Some of y’all have a nasty habit of leaving your worries on the altar AND THEN PICKING THEM BACK UP! No! Leaveeeeeee it there!
Psalm 55:22 says
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (NIV)
1 Peter 5:7 says
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)
If it’s in the Old Testament and the New Testament then you know it’s legit! Too many times we ask “who, what, when, where and especially WHY” instead of just sitting at His feet and saying, “here God. This is bigger than me.”
I’ve been around this mountain so. many. times. Each and every time God calls me to dependency in this particular area of my life I always run off and try to figure out how to solve it myself. Not any more! And guess what? Until YOU pass the test, the same lesson is just going to keep coming again and again. Situations will keep occurring, and it will be THE SAME LESSON just with a different person, just in a different place! And some of you wonder why your relationships keep failing over and over again…
So anyway back to my little revelation. So I was complaining small small in prayer about being uncomfortable, and how I didn’t like what was going on or how I felt. It hurt.
What is currently happening to me, is not good to me, I can tell you that for free! 😄 BUT it is good for me! Because (just like I asked) God is teaching me to trust Him like never before, resulting in me experiencing faith in God like never before!
When God takes you to a deeper level in Him, when He’s growing you to a higher level of faith IT IS GOING TO HURT! People experience growing pains when they grow at a quick rate physically right? You’re going to experience growing pains spirituality when you’re out your comfort zone, in your valley! Because this is where God tears off and rips off and burns off the things that are in us that are not of Him, that hinder us in growth. And naturally we cry out because in our sinful nature, we even like some of the things that God is trying to remove! But He is faithful.
Philippians 1:6 says that
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.
So we can rest assured that He will carry us through the process. That He will carry us through the valleys.
I’ve actually come to a place of joy in my valley. As mad as it sounds. I don’t like it, but it’s maturing me in Christ which is what I asked for! It’s causing me to stand on scripture and tell the enemy that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord! (Romans 8:28) That God will never leave me nor forsake me! (Deuteronomy 31:6/8) That I will be STILL AND KNOW that He is God! (Psalm 46:10)
So be encouraged. I refuse to fail this test and I desire to grow. I’m sure you do too. Growth in Christ is a beautiful thing. So yeah, when my testimony comes for trusting in God, I’ll let y’all know.
Love Meeks xx