Jessica was a beautiful Pentecostal girl who had a good head on her shoulders. A lot of guys liked her. People would look at her life and see she had everything going for her. She was musically talented, very involved at church, a leader in her youth group, had a car and a job, and did well in school. She used to tell me of the things she wanted to do for God. She was always the first one praying up front at youth service. She sang and played the piano at youth services and youth camps. One day something really bad happened to her that was not her fault. People found out something had happened and she thought everyone was talking her down. She got discouraged and began struggling to stay in church. She starting focusing on the waves and the storm that was happening in her life. Her eyes weren't on Jesus anymore, because of the storm. She fell away from God. She left her church and her family. She got involved in the things of the world and is already living with regrets. Her life could have turned out so beautifully if she would have kept her eyes on God and where He wanted to take her. But because of what happened to her, she lost her focus and sunk beneath the waves.
- Don't base your faithfulness to God off of life's circumstances.
- Don't be angry with God over the trials that come your way.
God is the very one who can and will help you through your trials and tribulations. He is the one that can make it better. Don't blame God for the bad things that happen to you. Just go to Him in prayer and know that He is working all things for your good if you are truly living for Him. If you aren't, He may be trying to get your attention. God will do whatever He has to for you to make it. The very trial that has you confused or questioning God may be something that God is going to turn into a blessing even though you cannot see it. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 If you keep your mind on the work of God no matter what happens to you, He will do wonderful things for you. That is what will help you make it. The Bible says the just shall live by faith. Faith without works is dead. Things may not look good and the storm may be raging, but make up your mind to keep your focus on God and not on the waves. That is living by faith. Show it in your actions.
- Are you discouraged? Try encouraging somebody else.
- Are you confused? Cast all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.
- Are your friends and family leaving you? Go teach somebody a Bible study.
- Are you sick? Tell someone about Jesus who still heals and saves.
- Are you lonely? Find a young person to befriend who's parents are getting divorced.
- Are you suffering loss? GIVE. Give of your time to God and His work...
And watch what He does.
Keep your eyes on Jesus! That's when you'll be able to walk on the water. Make up your mind: I will not base my faithfulness to God off of life's circumstances.