“Why?” is the first question we ask God when facing hardship. As Christians, we can be under the assumption that we are immune to challenges. Some of us take the “name it and claim it” stance, and become frustrated at a lack of results. All of these erode our faith. So, what is the truth? What will lead us down the path to victory?
There is a misnomer when it comes to the “name it and claim it” philosophy. There are those that will speak what they want in the name of Jesus. They will bind all of the evil spirits at work, and staunchly stand in faith until they see breakthrough. While there is nothing inherently wrong with it, there are a few caveats.
First of all, we should seek God in order to determine His will over the situation. This is when His will is not known such as employment, business opportunities, etc. For example, after facing unemployment, you can pray to have your old job back. However, if God wants to move you elsewhere, your prayers may not work.
Sometimes God gives us an exit to bring us into something better. You can pray for your old job back, but be mindful to ask God where He wants you. Is Satan interfering with your employment/money? Is there a spiritual blockage? These are all things we need to know.
If you are repeatedly asking with little results, maybe ask God whether He wants you there or not. He may be looking for you to shift your focus elsewhere. Yet, if we don’t ask God what He wants, we may be suffering needlessly.
Instead of saying, “God, I pray that I will return to my old job soon.”, pray for His guidance. Ask God, “Lord, reveal to me where you want me to go. Should I return to my old job, or do you have another path for me? Reveal to me anything that is blocking my progress from going forward. I pray that all obstacles and hindrances are removed from my path. In Jesus name, Amen.”
The “I Didn’t Deserve This” Hardship
There are hardships in life that we don’t deserve. Some of us will go through financial hardship through no fault of our own. Others will experience health issues, or death of a loved one. Scripture tells us that God will heal us. It says that we are blessed to be a blessing, and that we are highly favoured. So, why the trials?
Scripture does not tell us that we will not go through hardships or trials. In fact, most of these can stretch our faith to the brink. Internally, we may feel like we are breaking. Others of us end up identifying with Job. Yet the same question resonates over and over… the why of it all.
We may never know the why. You have to be okay with that. We will suffer persecution and loss for Christ’s sake. The enemy will persecute us. That is just Christian life. Binding the enemy and standing in faith will take us to our victory. That victory may be instantaneous, or it may be delayed. We need to be okay with that, too.
Immediate victory is not a guarantee. In fact, most of the time God uses immediate relief for someone with little faith. Little victories grow their faith. However, if God gave us instant gratification every time, how would we learn to rely on Him? How would we surrender to Him? Would we humble ourselves before Him? The answer is no.
God wants us to surrender to Him. He is our provider, our loving father, our healer and our help. Instant gratification comes with expectation. While God will do what He says He will do, sometimes we have work to do ourselves. He wouldn’t be a good father if His children were continually going down a wrong path.
Good parents know that while you don’t want your child to suffer, sometimes they need to. We can’t always rush in to fix things. They will never grow and mature that way. God is the same. Sometimes, we just need to grow.
Davina Stallworth discusses how to build up your faith after hardship. She takes readers through the muck of depression when all things feel bleak to the victory that is needed. Davina will give you words of encouragement that your victory lies just ahead, and the perseverance to be content waiting.
This feature and more in our next issue of Faith Filled Family Magazine coming out on April 26, 2021