When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you – Isaiah 43:2.
God, our Father God, allows distress to come upon us. He has an end in mind (Jeremiah 29:11), He wants us refined, skilfull in any kind of circumstance (Philippians 4:13), He is making us able ministers of the Word through fires (Hebrews 5:14). These circumstances are opportunities to put the Word of God to work so that at the end of it all, the glory goes to God our Deliverer, God our Master, God our Hope. Distresses for a child of God have a refining quality, a child of God becomes better (perfected) through trials because we know, the circumstances have not come to define us, they have not come to disadvantage us, no, they have come to develop us. Our identity in Christ is unchangeable, our inheritance in Him is settled, but how we respond determines whether we lay hold of our inheritance or not (1 Corinthians 9:27).
Our attitude in the midst of troubles is the true measure of our faith. (Romans 8:24) It is not what we say we believe that pulls us through the wackest of times, it is what we exalt in hope, what we hoist up and focus on in the most painful of circumstances that becomes the cornerstone of the ‘type’ of Christianity we live out. God expects us to remain faithful, hopeful, loving, thankful and joyful through whatever. His prospering us is a given, it is the inevitable, but what God cannot control is what we believe, the type of Christianity we see all around us is a direct reflection of what people believe. People run to other sources of rescue because they do not believe God can rescue, it’s your faith. it’s your belief that either carries you through circumstances to the glory of God, or buries you in religion forever.
God is with us through it all, He is going to have the last say, let that simmer, let it sink in. Don’t try to impress people, don’t try to save face, endeavor to please God with your heart attitude, fight the good fight by standing on the Word, declaring His faithfulness, holding fast to His incorruptible promise. Distresses come to pass, it is indeed a supernatural phenomena, they can either leave you in ruins or better, stronger and flourishing, it is up to you. And that’s the difference between us who are in Christ and those in the world, our Christianity makes us supernatural if we stick to the precepts of God. The flip side is to be normal and human, normal and acceptible is not exactly Christian!
The purpose of Christianity is to make us supernatural, not normal and acceptible!