“Don’t doubt because you can’t see,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart to encourage me.
I am one of those people who is very easily and quickly discouraged. Probably goes with the territory of being a very emotional and passionate woman. It’s easy for me to be up, and easy for me to be down. Then there are those in between times. God knows me better than anyone, and He lovingly and blessedly gives me encouragement when I need it.
This time around, I was once again doing a massive amount of research to find a place to stay in my next location where God was sending me in my life on the road full-time for Jesus. I can’t begin to tell you how much time it has taken me over the years praying, seeking God, researching, waiting on Him, calling zillions of places, and finally thank God finding where He was sending me. I often have wondered why He can’t just tell me right up front where to stay, but I now see He has been using the searching to teach me His ways. Like when it comes to trusting Him and seeking and following Him with joy and thanksgiving not with self-pity and discouragement.
I was on the precipice of giving up with this latest search because I simply couldn’t see given the tons of time I had spent researching how I would possibly find a place to stay in the location I believe God had given me. Maybe I hadn’t heard God correctly. Maybe it was my imagination. Maybe the devil had convinced me to go to that place. Maybe I was confused. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Maybe this, maybe that. Doubt, doubt, doubt.
Why was I doubting? Because I couldn’t see the answer! I couldn’t find what I thought God wanted me to find! I couldn’t see how what I believe God had spoken to my heart would be possible!
Friend, doubt does NOT please God. In fact, we can’t please Him without FAITH. And we are not called to live by what we see. We are called to live by faith in God and in His Word. I needed to NOT quit seeking God and doing my research and waiting on the Lord. I needed to put my trust in Him and believe IN HIS TIME He would reveal His will to me. FOR HIS GLORY.
Please don’t give up on God’s will for you because you can’t see. Please don’t give up praying because God hasn’t answered yet. Please don’t turn back because you can’t see the way forward. Please don’t stay where you are if God is leading you forward because you can’t see the whole future. Put your trust in God, believe He leads His children where He wants us to go, and humbly faithfully follow Him as He leads you forward, AMEN!
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
“NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”” Hebrews 10:38 NKJV
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
“while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV