Our current series at church is, “The Struggle.” We’ve been discussing different daily struggles such as offense, bitterness, etc. As soon as we started this series, one thing kept coming back to my mind as I thought about what a REAL struggle was...
Let’s get real honest, real fast. How about when you can’t feel God in your situation? When He doesn’t, “show up” for you?
Majority of us enjoy having God in our lives simply for the positive things we see fulfilled in front of our eyes…Or as us believers call them, “answered prayers."
For example…A job promotion, a successful business, meeting your financial goal for a trip, avoiding the cold everyone around you has, safe travels, etc.
But, what about the times we are in over our heads? The times where we don’t know who to talk to, but we sure know who to blame.
The times we lose a job, our marriage crumbles, our loved one dies, we close down a business, we lose a house, when we don’t know who we are, when we feel like we have nobody? Singles who fear isolation forever, widows who are left with only questions? The times where we say, “Hey God. Where did you go?"
But, what if we turn these situations around a bit? That maybe it’s not so much God “ignoring us” or “setting us aside while He deals with the other 7 billion.” I mean I know we like to play the blame game as humans, but are we really going to place blame on the creator of the universe?
Normally in our despair, we reach for people. It’s natural, we see them, we can touch them, hear their voice. We ask for prayer for our tough situation and sit back and wait on God to act. We wait. Days, weeks, months? “Hey God, where are you?” More days, weeks, months. We become so frustrated that God isn’t in our situation when in all reality, we never talked with Him about our issue. YES, He is all-knowing, all-wonderful, all-ALL. BUT, He’s not going to intrude in your situation, good or bad. God is all about a relationship. If you never told your spouse what was wrong, how are they supposed to know what’s truly bothering you, thus providing a little assistance to you?
You can’t be angry at God for NOT showing up somewhere He wasn’t invited.
In the early stages of our relationship with God, how do we become saved? We ASK God and INVITE Him into our hearts.
Well, this process doesn’t end there. Take a look Luke 11:9
“ASK, and it will be given to you; SEEK, and you will find; KNOCK, and it will be opened to you."
It doesn’t say sit outside the door and wait for it to possibly be opened, or close your eyes and try to walk through a maze. We don’t get anywhere by blindfolding ourselves and trapping ourselves in a room.
"SEEK His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take,”
So, here you are. In the midst of your struggle.
You feel alone, you feel confused and you don’t really know what words to pray or where to even begin..
Your prayers don’t have to be a "fancy sh-mancy" production.
I love what Matthew 6:5 (MSG) says,
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?"
It’s as simple as going to God FIRST.
Sitting down and saying, “God. I don’t know what to say. I’m upset and hurting and that’s all I know. I just need you to be here. Come into this situation and do what needs to be done."
Boom. God’s invitation has been sent and He always RSVP’s a yes.
Whether you’re currently in a battle or one comes in the near future…don’t let your blame of God’s absence be on God. Do your part. Ask Him in, let Him love on you. He will always do His part, but it takes two to tango. Do your part. Even if it’s uncomfortable.
It’s much more uncomfortable to sit in struggle, than it is to put action towards the resolution.
The struggle may be real, BUT GOD is greater.
Holly Felts is part of the creative team and also sings on the worship team at Word of Life. She is married to worship leader Micah Felts and has her own photography business. Take a look at her business website at www.everylittlebeat.com