19 August 2016

Are you afraid of your problems?

There are two defining moments in a Christian’s life: the moment of absolute trust and the moment of uncontrolled fear.

In the first moment, the Christian believes in God completely, following the motto in life: Everything is possible for he who believes. Nothing can shake this Christian in the moment of absolute trust. The second moment is identified by fears and doubts concerning the faithfulness of God. The Christian finds himself beset by problems and difficult situations and stops believing that God will answer his prayers. He starts listening to the negative voice that whispers in his ear, saying God is not listening to you any more … He will not answer your prayers.

As the difficult situation persists, so hope of finding a solution to the problem decreases steadily. How does one get out of the downward spiral of the second scenario? How does one give up the fears, the doubts and the constant negativity and believe once again that God will answer each prayer?

Read 2 Kings 19:14-16 The letter that King Sennacherib sent to the people of Israel was a clear threat – one that he meant to follow through on. Everyone knew how powerful King Sennacherib was. His reputation of never losing a battle was well-known. After facing so many armies, the king set his sights on the people of Israel. But what King Sennacherib did not realise was that, when he threatened the people of Israel, he was challenging not only the nation, but also the God they believed in. But Hezekiah understood this and immediately humbled himself before the living God and presented the letter of insult to God. And this is what the Lord said: “Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: “He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it. …I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.” (2 Kings 19: 32, 34)

God answered Hezekiah’s prayer, because he humbled himself and admitted that He only had the power to solve the problem. When we come to God and present all those problems which are threatening us, like Hezekiah, God will step in and bring a solution where we thought none existed. So the question then is: Will you come into God’s presence and present him with your situation or will you allow your problem to persist and never leave you?

“When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. … (2 Chronicles)

Bishop Marcelo Pires


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