Posted by: Michael | February 17, 2012

Enough Already!

I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. – Psalm 69:3

Does the woman in the photo seem somehow familiar to you? How many of us are in this place right now?  You are so tired of weeping.  You have cried out to God, and still there is no relief in sight.  The problems still persist, nothing seems to have changed.  This storm you have been in for such a long time will not pass.  You wonder if you will ever see the sun again.  Your throat is dry and raw from your wailing that no one seems to hear but you and God, and you may be wondering about Him.  Your eyes are swollen from crying while you wait on God.  You are holding on but it all seems to be getting worse while you wait on the Lord to keep His promise to deliver you.  

We’ve either been there, are there, or know someone who is.  Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.  You know that His promises are true, and that He is the same  yesterday, today, and forever.  He has not left you nor forsaken you.  But, you want this trial to be over.  You are tired of waking up in the morning to face another day of the same thing.  When will this all just go away?  Only God knows the answer to that question.  He promised that He would not put on us more than we can bear.  He hears your cry and sees your pain, but He knows something you fail to realize, you can bear it.  He knows that you can hold up under this pressure because of His promises to you.  It’s once you start to disbelieve what He said that the real problems start.  You see the enemy is looking for an inroad, that one statement, the one moment of weakness, when you begin to doubt God’s word.  When this happens you have made his day.

Once you let him in he will flood your mind with doubt about everything you ever knew or believed about God.  In the book of John chapter 10 verse 10 it says,  “the thief cometh not, but for to kill, and to steal, and to destroy”.  This passage clearly states that’s his only reason for coming into our lives.  He only means us harm.  There is no good in him. If he had the power he would kill each and every one of us.  After all we are made in the image of God.  He hates us more than you could possibly imagine.  If you give him access he will do anything to kill your faith.  This in turn will destroy your witness for Christ, thereby destroying your effectiveness in the kingdom of God.  He will then laugh at you another useless cowardly christian I have deceived into believing he/she has no power against me.

Once he has stolen your faith, what else do you have left?  How can you trust God when you have none, or worse yet you have abandoned it because it is not giving you the results YOU want.  The enemy laughs at you.  He knows better than anyone the power of Almighty God.  He knows what prayer and praise will do in the life of the believer.  He knows all too well.  But if he can get you to relinquish it, throw it away, or walk away altogether he has beaten you.  And another child of the Most High God is defeated for his or her lack of faith.  Their testimony made ineffectual because they refused to believe the promises of God.  I truly believe this saddens His heart. From a purely human perspective it’s understandable, you just wanted the pain to stop, you just couldn’t take anymore.  God will understand right?  Before I answer that question let me take you on a little side trip, what do you think would have happened if Jesus decided to quit, right up there on the cross, throw in the towel as it were.  Imagine if you will the crucifying of Jesus. They have plucked out his beard, spit on Him, slapped Him, cursed Him, whipped him, those huge nails piercing the muscles, nerves, and joints of his hands and feet.  His body wracked with unimaginable pain, a crown of thorns was put on his head, all the while the crowd jeered and mocked Him.  I would be willing to bet that the enemy was laughing at this too, while he influenced those in attendance to denigrate our Lord even more.  After all it seems that he is winning, Jesus is about to be killed.  Soon the Son of God would be no more.  Do you think there was a time that Jesus thought, “I just don’t know if I can take anymore of this”.  After all He was God, but He was just as human as you or I feeling every sting of the whip and the continual, painful throb of the nails driven into his body, the spear that had pierced his side.  Strips of flesh hanging from His body.  All the while being taunted by the crowd of onlookers.  Personally, I don’t think the thought ever crossed His mind.  He knew this had to be in order to save us.

He could have called down a legion of angels to help Him.  But he didn’t.  He died on that cross for you and me.  But, what if He decided I don’t want to do this, the agony and pain is too much, and came down from that cross.  He certainly had the power to do it.  He comes down looks at those who may still be mocking and cursing Him.  He then shakes His head and ascends into heaven his mission left undone not to be heard from again.  I think some would actually had been glad to see Him go.  However, the next question is where would we be right now?  Our only hope of salvation has just departed, what was needed to atone for the sins of mankind never got done.  You and I would be condemned to eternal damnation. That’s where we would find ourselves.  There would be no advocate between God and man, no intercessor, just God’s righteousness and the eternal punishment of sin which we all deserve.  Had this happened the enemy would have leaped for joy.  Because he would know that he would have access to us until the day we died, he could torment us all he wanted there would be no stopping him. The keys of death and hell would still be his.  And then we would have been banished to the abyss with him forever to suffer with him cut off from the love of God for all eternity.

God would count iniquities and not one of us would be left standing.  He would have no choice, He cannot tolerate sin.  And if He found just one, our fate would be sealed.  In order to redeem us from the curse of sin Jesus had to die.  It was the only sacrifice a righteous, Holy God would accept.  The death of one who was totally without sin, innocent, without spot or blemish and above reproach.  Only one person could fulfill this request.  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So in answer to the question would God  understand if I just threw in the towel?  After all I just couldn’t take anymore.  The pain was just too much to bear.  I believe His thoughts would turn to how His only son suffered and died for sins He never committed.  He endured all of that for you and me, so that one day we would not only live with Him in heaven, but so that also in the day of trouble we would be able to stand knowing that He not only gave all for us, but to remind us that the evil one is defeated, that all power in heaven and in the earth is given unto Him. That same power that raised Him from the dead now operates in us. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I am not attempting to mitigate the pain anyone is going through.  I know that it is real, but stop and think about what Jesus did for us.  Compared to what he went through, all of our trials are very light and temporary. The Bible even talks about our light afflictions. They may seem heavy to us, but the word of God calls them light.  Can you really compare the loss of a job, house, money, position or even a loved one to what Jesus did?  In all honesty the answer has to be no.

Jesus knew that we would have trouble on this earth.  That’s why He left us His word and the Holy Spirit.  It’s why He said be of good cheer I have overcome the world.  Brothers and sisters God knows exactly where you are.  He knows about every one that has hurt you, He saw how you were mistreated, the ones that did all they could to make you look bad, He saw that too.  Oh, and the threat to your livelihood, your marriage, your family…  He knew about that too long before your were formed in the womb.

He knows about it and he has already solved the problem.  It’s not easy to wait on God.  Trusting Him is hard.  I know this from personal experience.  But it is worth it!  It is also commanded of us.  Without faith it is impossible to please Him.  Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  You will see God’s power demonstrated in your life as you never have. And so will others in your life!  In Isaiah 12:2 the word says, “Behold, God is my salvation;  I will trust, and not be afraid:  for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song;  He also is become my salvation”.

Psalm 18:30 says, ” As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in Him”.  God knows exactly what to do to see you through to the end.  Hold on to His hand.  He is in your future right now!  Demonstrate a sense of gratitude.  Even when it seems your whole world is falling apart.  Thank Him in spite of your circumstances.  Don’t let what you’re going through determine the outcome of your situation.

Your weeping won’t last forever.  God knows those that oppress you and sees that their day is coming. Refuse to fear, refuse to worry.  Worry is caused by unbelief.  The Reformer Martin Luther once said this about worrying, “Why are we so vexed by thoughts, seeing that the future is not in our power for one moment?  Let us, then, be satisfied with the present and commit ourselves to the hand of God, who alone knows an controls the past and the future”.

Judge God by His promises.  He has never lied to anyone, and He is not going to start now.  Trust Him no matter what.

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  1. Michael, right on point. I certainly believe that I have been there, done that. Thank God that He holds on to me tight inspite of who I act like I am some time. I know this morning I was saying affirmations..the first one was-I am a child of the King. Then I said it again. Then I said I was a child of the king of kings and lord of lords that made every living thing including me! and the more I said it, the louder I got and the more I sat up straigtht.
    We do need to acknowlege who’s we are–and for me, it gave me the strength to pray against Satan to leave me alone in certain areas of my body.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Through personal experience and talking with people I find that waiting on God is not an easy task. When you are hurting we want relief right away.

      But whether we know it or not God has a plan in the midst of all the pain and suffering you go through. We must learn to wait on Him and believe His word despite what anyone has to say about.

      If the whole world were to suddenly declare of all God’s word fallacy, we must stand and oppose them choosing to follow God no matter what than to follow the foolishness of the world.

  2. Great message, Michael! It is obvious that it was written from a heart whom God has tested. I know that you help with all you had to the faith in the God you served when you went through a fierce battle in life. That is what we all must do. It is only in trusting that we see the power of God manifested through and despite our problems. Only be going through the storms of life can we truly understand who the Master over the storm is and how his power never fails.

    Thank you again for your dedication to bring the truth of God’s word out to those who are struggling. God bless you, dear brother.

    • Hello my sister!

      You have been on my heart so much. I know that God is taking good care of you. This will be over soon, and you will experience a freedom such as you have never known. God will open your eyes and your heart to things you have never been exposed to before.

      The storm will pass soon. I know that you love the Lord, and He loves you. Your heartache and tears will not be in vain. God will be glorified in this, and you will be changed forever. God will use you in ways you never dreamed of.

      Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might!!

  3. Good Morning Michael!

    Just checkin on you my brother.

    I pray all is well.

    GOD BLESS AND DO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!

    Your sister in Christ!
    Debra

  4. Keep up the great piece of work, I read few blog posts on this website and I believe that your web site is very interesting and has circles of fantastic info.

  5. Hello Michael.

    Just checking on you. Hoping and praying that all is well.
    I know that your hand is still on the Gospel plow!

    Continue to let God use you greatly!

    Keep trusting, keep believing and watch God!

    Love ya my brother. REMEMBER TO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!

    Debra


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