You might be thinking, “Seriously, Linda? Times of desperation are the best? Are you crazy?” Probably, but I have had a lot of time to think about desperation since I have been through desperate situations myself as well as knowing some others who have found themselves in situations and circumstances beyond their control. I have thought a lot about people in the bible who have found themselves in the most dangerous or crazy situations. *Let’s face it. We’ve all had those moments where we have come face to face with trials and not knowing what to do in those situations… those situations that have had us laid out before the LORD, those situations that have had us completely at the end of ourselves, that have us carefully tuning in to hear GOD’s voice speak, paying more attention to what the Word of GOD has to say, and clinging to GOD more than we usually do.
“In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” -Psalm 34:6 (NLT)
Are these times pleasant when we are going through them? NO. However, those are the rawest of moments where GOD can work WITHOUT US trying to help HIM because there is nothing of self to get in the way because we have given up the situation to GOD, completely surrendering whatever it is to HIM. That’s where GOD wants us: FULLY SURRENDERED TO HIM, relying on HIM, not just in the bad times but in the good times as well… in the time of blessings and in the time of tribulations. *In the pages of Scriptures, we see Joseph, Daniel, and Nehemiah who all lived for GOD, served GOD, and did great things for GOD. However, they all went through trying times. Through it all, they clung to GOD with steadfast devotion and unwavering loyalty. Their success did not come by walking an easy road but by walking a narrow road paved with humility, suffering, persecution, and all while walking in obedience to GOD who upheld them no matter what the circumstances or situations they were in. GOD worked everything out for their good and for HIS purposes, and GOD can work things out for you just as HE did for them. Joseph, Daniel, and Nehemiah were blessed for enduring their times of trial, those desperate situations. Remember it was desperate times which took Joseph from the cistern to the palace (Genesis 37-41), Daniel from the Lion’s Den into prosperity (Daniel 6:28), and Nehemiah from cupbearer to heading up the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-9).
REFLECTION: “For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses,” (2 Kings 18:6). You can be like Hezekiah who did not depart from following GOD but kept the commandments of GOD. Cling tightly to GOD at ALL times. Be faithful to the GOD who has been faithful to you and who has kept you. Be loyal to the GOD who has not let your enemies triumph over you. Walk with HIM and follow the LORD’s commandments, obeying Him with wholehearted devotion. Without GOD, you can do nothing. With GOD, you are an overcomer and made victorious. *PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Your power is made perfect in weakness. You are the Horn of My Salvation, and You are the Wellspring of Life. No matter what the circumstance, good or bad, I will put my hope and trust in You for with You all things are possible. Thank You for times of desperation because, in those moments, You teach me and show me more of Your goodness, Your faithfulness, and Your grace. Thank you for making my feet like a deer able to climb the mountain heights You have set me on, and when I come to You to have my strength renewed as I wait upon you, let me rise up with wings like an eagle. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.” -Isaiah 50:10