The Key to Life Is Outlasting the Season
If you are in a season of crisis, waiting for the season to change can be challenging. You need more than patient endurance. You need true hope. If you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and if you can keep God at your side helping you, you can outlast the darkest season.
If you can stay warm and hold out through the long, cold winter, you will make it to summer. It is a sure thing. As long as you can keep holding out your hands to the fire of God’s Kingdom presence, even if your body remains chilled and shivering, you can endure until the shivering stops and the sun shines again.
Your life is a walk of faith. “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Your faith is what keeps you going through the low times. Your faith informs your decisions and fuels your determination.
When John says that your faith overcomes the “world,” he is using the word cosmos in Greek. That means the governing systems, the systems of influence, the patterns of personal power and dominance. In other words, you can overcome the cosmos—the economies and cultures of the world. You may have to suffer trials for a season, but in the long run, you can overcome the system that is so broken.Yes, the system is broken. Banks are collapsing, insurance companies are folding up, oil prices are fluctuating, businesses are downsizing, the economy is going belly up. But you can watch it all go by, confident that God will show you the next step. You can outlast this discouraging season, too, just as you outlasted the previous ones.
We tend to panic too quickly. We throw up our hands in despair rather than reaching up our hands to God. We need to “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exod. 14:13 NKJV). We need to outlast the threats and dangers of the season of crisis. The Lord Himself will bring us into the next season, a season of safety. You cannot see the salvation of the Lord unless you stand steady. Do not run the other way, because He has you in the right position. Right here is where you will see and receive your salvation from this predicament, just as the people of Israel saw the Red Sea open up, delivering them from the spears and chariots of the advancing Egyptian army.
Sent from my iPad