Having just moved into a new home, and having just come out of a 7 year horrible season, I have been thinking about newness. I love being in this house. I am so looking forward to changing it and molding it to our family and making it a home. It feels like a new season. A physical manifestation of the new season God has led us into.
I have such a sense of newness. Such a sense of new life in us. I am so grateful to the Lord for this.
But the evil one does not want us to appreciate or enjoy this newness, this new season, and so challenges keep cropping up! I see them as joy-stealers! But what I feel different in us, is how we are seeing these challenges. In the past few years I felt these challenges crush me, no matter how small or big. I didn't feel strong or capable. But I feel differently about the current challenges. They are not pleasant. A few are quite scary if the truth be told. God has shown me in the last few years that to wait on Him, and trust Him is the ONLY way of overcoming these things successfully. Praise Him, pray to Him, trust Him.... Yes, there is no other way.
I want to encourage you with this statement our pastor said in church (the gist of it is:) There is a common phrase we as Christians often say, "God will not test us with more than we are able to bare". But our pastor sees it differently, he said God DOES allow us to be tested beyond our capabilities, so that we WILL TURN TO Him! Isn't that a powerful statement? It also took a lot of pressure off me as someone who felt like I just could not cope! I was obviously letting the Lord down. No, He wanted me to lean on and rely on HIM. What a relief.
Prov 3 v 5-6: Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.