September 23, 2017

When the Worst Thing That Could Happen… Happens!

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But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4: 19

These past few weeks have been rough. I ain’t gonna lie! It seemed like everything that could go wrong in our house… DID! Ever have one of those months?

I have tried to look at life with a positive attitude. If something bad happens, I could always say, “Well, it could have been worse!” and saying that would somehow make the problem a little more easier to bare.

Well, recently the worst thing that could happen in our family… happened. Our brand spanking new minivan that we bought 9 years ago died. With only a small 200,000 miles on it, the motor inside decided to make a few weird noises and then get all broke. And because we’re financially strapped – which translates to ‘broker than a convict’ in any redneck dictionary, a motor is one of those unexpected expenses that we didn’t see coming. I couldn’t say, “Well, it could have been worse!” because the ‘worse’ had showed up knocking at the door. All I could do was pray because all my rich buddies were broke, too.

Like most normal people, I stressed out a little for a couple of days. I had to borrow one of my parent’s vehicles, and out of faith, I had the van towed to a mechanic friend’s repair shop. I was left with figuring out how I was going to pay for it. And like God’s done many times before, He came through and did the impossible. BOOM! Just like that! He delivered.

I believe God uses situations like this to strengthen our personal relationship with Him. Many times people don’t even recognize Him until they are faced with a problem in their life. It’s kinda sad that many of us forget about God when times are good and only look to Him when we’re in trouble.

When problems hit, we’re like:
“God, where are you? I need you now!”

And He’s like:
“Finally! Now that you’re not so busy, here’s an opportunity for you to learn who I am and how much I love you.”

If God uses rough times to build and strengthen relationships with people, what can we do when the ‘worst’ happens?

1) Square it up!

If you don’t know Him as Lord and Savior of your life, now would be the time to get things squared up. It’s important.

2) As Christians, we shouldn’t worry – plain and simple!

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6: 31-33

As a child of God, we are promised His provision. That simply means that He promises to take care of us – regardless of what we think during the situation. The key here is to seek Him first.

3) As Christians, we should trust Him

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. – Romans 8: 28

The key from this verse is to love God. If we sincerely do, then everything that goes on in our life will eventually be for the good. It may not look like it right now, but watch and see.

4) Pray

Prayer is how we communicate with God – tell Him your problems. By praying, it puts us in a humble position. It tells us that we know we can’t handle the situation by ourselves. This will take any selfish pride out of the way and allows God to do what He does best. Our faith gets stronger as we see Him work things out for us.

5) We have to wait for Him to answer

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40: 1

Patience is a hard thing to have. It’s not something you’re born with. It’s something you develop over time. When it comes to prayer and waiting, we learn that God delivers when He knows it’s the right time and it’s usually not on our time schedule.

6) Be Content

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. – Philippians 4: 11,12

Learning to be content in any situation is the key to being happy in our Christian walk. We have to remember God is in control of everything and He places us right where He wants us. Our mission in life is to serve Him and do the best we can wherever we’re planted.

When the worst thing that could happen… HAPPENS, don’t freak out. Look to God, who is in control of everything, right? It could be time for some one-on-one time with the great I AM… know what I’m sayin’?

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