Have you ever wondered why there are so many broken people in spite of so many books, sermons and ministries available to help?
There is so much information and yet it is of no profit when it comes to real change. Which explains why Scripture says: Knowledge puffs up. (1 Cor 8:1) Personally, having knowledge only created more frustration than help getting through difficult circumstances.
We are all seekers, especially when we are in desperate circumstances. The more important aspect of being seekers though is who or what we seek.
Suffering is a non-negotiable in this life. And it really sucks to say that. Suffering shows our need for something greater than ourselves; it’s when self- help book sales and church attendance skyrockets. I concluded we are drawn to “information” to answer the “whys” we have when we are suffering.
One particular season of suffering in my own life that stands out to me was in my marriage where I prayed daily – God grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation that I might know You better. It’s knowing God, and the exceeding greatness of His power towards me, the same power that raised Christ from the dead.
Gods transforming power is what I continue to seek and here is some of my discovery:
- God sees (El-Roi) and that he draws near to the broken-heart.
- He is not a one stop God – He responds to those who seek Him, those who implore Him and don’t let up!
- You have to talk to yourself – I don’t mean the crazy talking to yourself, I mean keep telling yourself what God says about your situation.
- Ask God for vision, expect something from God, waiting for it to come to pass isn’t always easy, but most of the time glimpses are there.
Like Hagar, who wasn’t sure if she would see her son another day as he lay dying in the desert, I found refuge in God. At times, with tears streaming down my face, and hardly able to see the pages, by faith I had to call out to the Lord expecting, almost demanding comfort. There was deliberate, purposeful self-talk of God’s word to me and about my situation. And through vision, I was full of hope and strengthened to get up and keep going. May the God of all comfort, comfort you through the transforming power of His Presence.
I found the following books to be helpful:
What’s on Your Mind by Merlin Carothers
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Peacemaker by Ken Sande