“…we shall also reign with him…” (2 Tim. 2:12)
We have all had times in our lives when we ask God “Why?” Maybe we’ve lost our job, found ourselves divorced, addicted or in pain from a loved one, and have felt like we just can’t go on. Sometimes we attempt to find relief by learning who is at fault. We think to ourselves “That boss believed a lie and that’s why I was fired.” Maybe “If my parents had been a better example for me when I was younger I wouldn’t be getting a divorce.” As far as the addiction goes; sometimes you just have to find relief anywhere you can so you start using substances in order to deal with the pain, and pretty soon you can’t stop.
No matter what life circumstances you’re in right now you can be sure others are struggling just the same. Most of the time our outer circumstances don’t change do they? So, all that’s left is for us to change. Maybe God is going to work these things in our lives in order to get us to look to him. What if God is in the process of training us to rule and reign with him and wants people who have been through a few trials and are going to trust him. Maybe they just have to be convinced they can’t do it alone?
The origin of sin came about because an angel named Lucifer thought he could do a better job running things than God. He started a rebellion in Heaven that soon found its way to the earthly realm. Man joined him in his futility and the whole of our history has been marked by us attempting to run things on our own since. All the while God uses this to reveal to us little by little how powerless we really are without him. This is what these trying circumstances are really all about in the end. God is training us to look to him in all things. This is how we are being prepared to run his universe one day.
In 2 Chronicles there is a great story about King Jehoshaphat. He found himself facing a huge enemy force and became bewildered but notice what he did. He prayed and said, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” That’s it! That is the way in which we will reign with him. God is looking for some people who truly know how powerless they are. He’s looking for those that are unable to fight in their own strength. While this sounds counter-intuitive in the natural it is how things are done in the Spirit.
Later on in the story of Jehoshaphat we read, “Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’ You see as long as we think we can do it and it’s our job, apart from Christ, we are destined for defeat. God is looking for sons and daughters that know who they are to rule his universe. He’s looking for those that are fully convinced he is God and they are not. These tests are all specifically designed to grow us in our faith. As God gets us through we turn and show others the way. On the surface each of us seem to have very different challenges but underneath it’s basically the same. The enemy intends the struggles to push us into acting independently of God’s Spirit, but God intends those same trials to teach us to look to him for everything.
Written by Louie