27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:27-31
There are times in our walk with God in which we feel as if some how God has forgotten us or God has abandoned us. Most times when the Lord is doing a very deep work in our lives and He is pruning back the parts of our flesh nature we often times find ourselves in very uncomfortable situations.
We may even look around at other brothers and sisters in the body of Christ and wonder why it seems every one has a much easier road than us. But the truth is that for us to truly be refined and transformed into the image of who Jesus is then there is a very deep work that must take place.
If our desire is that our lives would be used to display the Lord’s glory than we need to understand that there is a deep work God is going to do in our lives. He is going to develop deep faith and trust in our lives and for this to happen very intense times of testing must take place.
But we must not fear or lose heart when it seems that God has forsaken us or abandoned us because He has not. No matter how we feel we must remember that our journey with the Lord is one of placing our faith and trust in His word and not in how we feel.
God is very clear in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. That He who began a good work within us will be faithful to complete it. That no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand. God has given us promise after promise and we must hold fast to His word and abide daily in the Lord through daily personal prayer and bible study.
When we invest in our relationship with God is when we see the power of His kingdom poured out in our lives. I am not going to lie that there are many valleys that we will travel through and there are times honestly like we feel we can’t go on any further.
But it is in those times of weakness that the supernatural power and strength of the Holy Spirit takes over. See it is in our weakness that the strength of the Lord is made perfect. This journey with Jesus is simply about denying ourselves and picking up our cross. It is about laying down our own strength and effort and relying fully upon the Lord.
This requires us to humble ourselves and this is where I think many of us struggle. We don’t like to humble ourselves because it makes us seem vulnerable, but this is exactly what the Lord desires from our lives. For it is in the moments when we are most vulnerable that the deepest works are done in our hearts.
No matter how discouraged you may be today and how weary you may feel understand that God is fully in control. Even if you may feel you travel this road alone, understand that the Lord not only prepares every step and goes before you, but He is actually carrying you. Draw near unto the Lord and be strengthen for the journey ahead.