By Buel Hallpike
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This article is intended for the encouragement of persons who have earnestly committed their lives and their services to pleasing and obeying Yahweh, yet experience devastating tests. It assumes that the readers are in pursuit of Yahweh’s agenda and not their own, and that Yahweh who sees the heart, calls them ‘His people’. Nothing said in the article is to be taken as being applicable to persons who do not come within this criterion.
The Bible tells us we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of [Yahweh] Acts 14:22. The pilgrim pathway will not be easy. Temptations will come from Satan to defeat you. Trials will come from Yahweh to refine you. One thing is sure - you will be tested one way or another, but great victories are the outcome of great battles.
When faced with serious setbacks, severe challenges or harrowing circumstances, the shock or pain can prevent you from seeing beyond the distressing present into a bright future. It is easy at such times to dwell on the difficulty, asking many angry or self-pitying questions that focus upon and are expressive of the deep and overwhelming feelings you are experiencing.
However, such focus will not by itself enable you to progress beyond your suffering. As long as your thoughts remain self-centred in this way, you cannot move forward.
Before and especially when you encounter distress you need to be buttressed by a firm foundation of beliefs in Yahweh, built upon a rock of evidences of His intervention, which emphasise that Yahweh will make a way to bring you to the light beyond the tunnel. This will help to give you hope, assist you in coping, cushion and shorten your anguish, and motivate you to rise beyond the present.
The article is divided into the following four sections:
Building a Foundation sets out some of the basic principles in the Bible that emphasise Yahweh’s commitment to us and His ability, and dependability to help us in times of our greatest needs. It seeks to build the readers’ focus, confidence and trust in Yahweh.
Biblical evidences give examples when Yahweh intervened for His people and shows the lessons we could learn.
Your past experiences encourage a reflection of those times in your own life when Yahweh had made a way for you.
Summary and Conclusion
A. BUILDING A FIRM FOUNDATION
A study of Yahweh’s Word reveals many pivotal foundational building blocks for your faith. Some of these principles are included under this heading. Never allow any suffering to obliterate these from your mind. Keep them always before you especially when you are going through difficult times.
1) Yahweh loves His people… you!
Firstly you must know beyond any shadow of doubt that Yahweh loves His people, and that He loves you. Paul expressed it well in Romans 8:35,37-39: He first asked "Who shall separate us from the love of [the Messiah]? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"
Then he answered:
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of [Yahweh] which is in [the Messiah Yahshua] our [Saviour]".
If you are Yahweh’s child, His love for you will never fail. He demonstrated this time and again with Israel and will say to you now,
Thus says [Yahweh], who created you, … and He who formed you, … "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine" Isa 43:1.
Time and again the Bible has given the assurance that Yahweh will not forsake His people. In Deuteronomy 31:6 He told Israel through Moses:
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for [Yahweh] your [Elohim], He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5-6 repeats the same promise: He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "[Yahweh] is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" He is with you every step of the way in spite of what you are going through, or how you may feel. The love of many will grow cold. His love never fades. Whatever you may doubt, never doubt Yahweh’s love for you. It is a vital rock on which to build an unwavering faith that will withstand the winds of doubts and floods of testing.
2) Yahweh loves His work
The work of Yahweh is not exempt from severe attack. From the beginning, Satan has been trying to wreck Yahweh’s work. In the Garden of Eden he tempted Adam and Eve and caused them to disobey Yahweh. Since then he has not given up. He attempted to have our Saviour killed at His birth, and not succeeding, he had the audacity to seek to destroy His relationship with Yahweh and ruin His work through temptations. In all these, Yahweh’s plans have not been blown off course.
Yet the adversary is still at work, turning up wherever he thinks he can find persons who will carry out his disruptive schemes. When others yield to his will, it will seem for a while that Yahweh’s work is threatened. Do not despair if from being at the centre of Yahweh’s work you should feel like an innocent spectator witnessing the demise of your role in Yahweh’s work.
At such times it is important to know that Yahweh loves and is protective of His work. He sent His only Son into the world in order to bring back the fallen human race to Him, and allow them eternal life with Him. For this purpose Yahshua’s precious blood was shed and Yahshua gathered and trained a team of disciples who would continue His work. Before returning to His Father, He passed the baton on to His disciples and followers of all ages with the command to "Go into all the world and preach the [evangel] to every creature" Mark 16:15.
This work is vital to the fulfilment of Yahshua’s purpose in coming to the earth. It is so important that He said it would not fail.
"I will build My [ecclesia], and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" Matt 16:18.
The timing of His final return hangs upon the completion of this work. This [evangel] of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come Matt 24:14. Yahweh will not allow His work to be hindered or derailed. Anyone called and chosen of Yahweh, who is obedient to Him and is genuinely and honestly committed to fulfilling this commission and not their personal agenda, is engaged in the continuation of Yahshua’s work, and their work cannot fail.
Yahweh’s work like His people will go through trying times. But while Satan’s strategy is to cause Yahweh’s work and His people to fail, Yahweh uses those same circumstances as a refiner, to remove the dross in you or His work. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you … For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of [Yahweh] 1 Pet 4:12,17.
When your work undergoes severe testing, use the experience as a stepping-stone to take it to a higher level. Remember Yahweh has not planned defeats for you or His work. You are not defeated by circumstances but by your attitude to them. Your edifice may be shaken but it will not crumble. Those who trust in [Yahweh] are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever Ps 125:1.
Yahweh will not stand by and allow the obliteration of any of His commissioned work. He will make a way to keep it on course.
3) Yahweh is sovereign
Yahweh is above all of your circumstances and foes. The combined force of all the demons of hell, your circumstances and enemies, in short nothing can prevail against Him. He plants and uproots, He exalts the humble and brings down the proud. His power is awesome. No one and nothing can withstand or hinder Him.
Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it? Isa 43:13
Yours, O [Yahweh], is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O [Yahweh], and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all 1 Chron 29:11-12.
The sovereign of the entire universe is also ruler of your life. He knows best what is best for you. Whatever happens, there is no need to fear. You could not be in a safer pair of hands. The best arms of flesh can and often will fail you. He cannot fail. Put your trust in Him even when your world has turned upside down. Submit to His will. At all times let your prayer be "Thy will be done". Seek His guidance, for His way is always right. He never makes a mistake.
What then shall we say to these things? If [Yahweh] is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:31.
Cast all your cares and fears on Him, trust and obey Him, wait patiently upon Him and He WILL make a way for you.
4) Do not focus on circumstances
Many times it will seem that you have arrived at the end of your road. You cannot see if there is a way ahead. Darkness surrounds you, despair grips you, doubts possess you, and you are overwhelmed with disappointment, anguish, anxiety and fear.
At such times, do not focus on what you are going through but on the One who is with you. 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 Cor 4:18.
David when in the midst of similar gloom cried "How long, O [Yahweh]? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?" Ps 13:1. He did not stay in that state for he had already learned to put his trust in Yahweh in spite of what he was going through. With confidence, defying his circumstances, he was able to rise above them with renewed determination saying: "I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to [Yahweh], because He has dealt bountifully with me" (verses 5-6).
It requires no trust when you can see clearly. But you need trust when you have come to your wits’ end, and you cannot see, but only feel the loneliness and dread of dismal desolation. You need to know and firmly believe that with Yahweh the road never ends. What appears to be the end of the road is only a bend in the road. Some one has said that if Yahweh has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. Your battle leads to victory; your night is the passage to day; your mourning will turn to gladness. Even though [you] walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [you] will fear no evil Ps 23:4, knowing He is with you, and that death is only the gateway to your resurrection.
Milk your troubles to the last drop of benefit. Your experiences are too valuable to be wasted. Go beyond the outer wrapper of pain to the gift of gain that is inside. Let the tests you are experiencing drive you to concentrate your thoughts much more on Yahweh.
Fill your mind with scriptural verses, hymns and spiritual songs that are edifying. Sing to Him, Sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! 1 Chron 16:9. Speak freely to Him from your heart, in your own words, of His greatness, His unfailing faithfulness and love and of the hope that awaits you. Let your worship, adoration, praise and thanksgiving flow incessantly to Him. He is always worthy to be exalted and thanked regardless of your situation. Remind yourself that this present world is not your home and that your treasure is stored up for you.
When you do not feel the motivation inside you to do these things, make a more earnest effort to draw near to Yahweh in prayer. It is most important that your relationship with Yahweh is not restricted to how you feel. You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart Jer 29:13. This promise is repeated in James 4:8: Draw near to [Yahweh] and He will draw near to you. He is always there, patiently waiting for you to reach out to Him. Do not allow your circumstances to distract and hinder you. Do not give up until you take hold of Him.
Reinforce these efforts with external stimuli. Let the work of others inspire you. While driving, performing chores in or around the house, wherever you can salvage an opportunity, listen to inspiring recorded messages and songs to create a Yahweh-filled environment around you. The writer is continually benefiting from these methods in addition to personal Bible study and meditating on Yahweh’s word, in order to maintain a sharp focus on Yahweh and Yahshua, and rise above the many problems and potential distractions that come his way.
You can be assured that when Yahweh and not your circumstances, is at the centre of your thoughts and heart, He will bring you through, and you will be much stronger from the experience of putting Him first in your difficult times. Let your problems motivate you to find the way to His light out of your darkness.
5) He wants to bless you
The Bible is filled with blessings that Yahweh gives to those who trust and obey Him. Be always confident, especially when it seems otherwise, that Yahweh wants to give you only what is good for you.
For [Yahweh Elohim] is a sun and shield; [Yahweh] will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly Ps 84:11.
When you are going through difficult times, check your walk. Is your stance upright according to His word? Ask Him to search you and create in you a clean heart that is pleasing to Him, give Him first place in your life, and leave Him to act on your behalf.
The eyes of [Yahweh] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him 2 Chron 16:9.
Yahweh wants to bless you, but His blessings are conditional. If it seems that Yahweh is not showing Himself strong on your behalf check the loyalty of your heart towards Him. (Incidentally, be very wary of those preachers who give the impression that they are the controllers of Yahweh’s blessings, which will be released when you subscribe to their causes. Loyalty to Yahweh is paramount. Loyalty to and trust in man’s manipulative schemes is another matter.)
Make sure that you are putting Yahweh first, and not His blessings. He knows the difference, and cannot be deceived. Yahweh blesses at the times and in the manner that He knows is best. They come in many different forms, but they will come, when you seek after Him with all your heart. Seek first the kingdom of [Yahweh] and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you Matt 6:33.
Do not be discouraged when it seems that you have done your best in obedience to Yahweh, but nevertheless, things are going wrong. Trust Him, He will make a way out of your difficulties, or bless you with the strength to carry on. Whatever happens, when you are totally yielded to Yahweh you cannot fail to see His blessings. Nevertheless remember that the greatest blessings are internal and eternal. The peace and confidence He gives by trusting Him, the joy of His salvation, the freshness of His purity, the assurance of His abiding presence, and the hope of everlasting life, are all more excellent blessings than the mere removal of temporal hindrances or even a deluge of the choicest material benefits.
6) It will work out right
With faith in Yahweh there is never a good reason to worry about the outcome. The result is in His hands. Because of His love for you and His unlimited power, He will work out things just right - better than you could have thought or planned. His solutions may not be what you had hoped for or expected, but in time you will know that they were the best for you. We know that all things work together for good to those who love [Yahweh], to those who are the called according to His purpose Rom 8:28.
Remember that Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him Matt 6:8.
He knew of your difficulty before you got to it, and had already planned your best passage through it, so trust Him.
7) Yahweh will do the impossible
Yahweh has the whole universe, the host of heaven, and His Almighty power at His disposal to use when and as He chooses in order to achieve His plans and purposes. He will use the most effective method to bring victory to His people and His work. There is no difficulty you can face that Yahweh cannot and will not solve, in accordance with His eternal purposes.
There is no limitation to His power or to the range of solutions available to Him, which He can apply in His time. He has promised to bring the blind by a way they did not know; to lead them in paths they have not known, to make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight Isa 42:16. Yahweh can make a way for you, any time, anyhow and anywhere. Behold, I am [Yahweh], the [Elohim] of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jer 32:27
When you know these things, you will have no need to fear. You cannot be defeated. The raging storms must yield to His command and strong winds cannot destroy the building that rests upon Him. The things which are impossible with men are possible with [Yahweh] Luke 18:27.
Your enemies including the demons of hell will know that there is no need to rejoice over you for when [you] fall you will arise; When [you] sit in darkness, [Yahweh] will be a light to [you] Mic 7:8.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Rom 8:32.
[Yahweh] will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways Deut 28:7.
For with [Yahweh] nothing will be impossible Luke 1:37.
8) Trust in Yahweh not solutions
In spite of your confidence in knowing that you will be victorious in one way or another, you must be very clear in your mind that your trust is not in a change or resolution of your circumstances but in Yahweh Himself. There is a big difference. If your eyes of faith are fixed upon things changing, then any delay will cause doubt. However when your faith is fixed totally upon Yahweh, you will be more concerned to see Yahweh’s will done in your life. You will be submissive to Him. Through the storms and uncertainties, you will not be fighting or doubting Yahweh. You will be confident in spite of the circumstances that the eternal [Elohim] is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms Deut 33:27.
Abraham was taken to the brink when he was asked to offer up his only son. Yet though Abraham could not have known what Yahweh would have done, nevertheless, he was quite prepared to obey Yahweh’s most stringent demand.
Job in the midst of severe trial had no inkling why things were going from bad to worse. Yet with no end in sight, He said, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" Job 13:15.
Daniel did not know if or how Yahweh would have delivered him, yet his commitment to Yahweh was firm, and non-negotiable, even in the face of being thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel did not consider the possibility of deliverance from the lions. He was merely taking his stand for Yahweh to the ultimate limit. He was willing to do his best for Yahweh, expecting nothing in return.
It always pays dividends to put Yahweh first before our wishes or desires. Focus on Yahweh, and He will always find the solutions. Focus on solutions and you will never find Yahweh. Also we must be aware that Yahweh’s way may not lead us to the change we would like, but far more importantly, to the manifestation of His glory. May our prayer through every test be: "Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever" Matt 6:13.
B. BIBLICAL EVIDENCES
You need to remind yourself of the humbling thought that your problem is not the first or the most difficult that Yahweh has had to solve. Bring to mind the many instances in the Bible where Yahweh made a way for His chosen people through tremendous obstacles.
a) He made a way through the Red Sea
Yahweh mysteriously reversed the dread of His people Israel at the Red Sea and placed it instead upon their enemies. (See Exodus 14). It seemed that His people were trapped, with the Egyptian army in hot pursuit, mountains on both sides and the Red Sea before them. They cried to Yahweh, and vented their anger on Moses for having brought them into this seeming trap of death. Moses cried to Yahweh. Yahweh spoke, then the Angel of [Yahweh], who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them … between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel (verses 19-20), causing darkness to the Egyptians, but giving light by night to the Israelites.
Then Moses in obedience to Yahweh, stretched out his hand over the sea; and [Yahweh] caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left (verses 21–22).
When the Egyptians continued to chase after them, Yahweh intervened, and stopped their advancement by taking off their chariot wheels, causing much pandemonium amongst them. They wanted to flee in panic, saying, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for [Yahweh] fights for them against the Egyptians" (verse 25). Again Yahweh hindered them. He commanded Moses saying: "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen" (verse 26). Moses did. They were now the trapped ones! The sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it … and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained (verses 27-28).
The mighty force of Egypt perished at the hand of the Almighty Yahweh when they dared to try to destroy or recapture Yahweh’s chosen people. So [Yahweh] saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore (verse 30).
Lessons0 from the Red Sea
The One who made a way through the Red Sea is quite capable of making a way for you through your difficulties. He works in ways we cannot see. Long before the children of Israel had come to the critical and dramatic point of their exodus, Yahweh had been working behind the scenes, with meticulous care in preparing their exit. It started with the birth and life of Moses; in the way he was groomed in Pharaoh’s house; then continued to his emergence as the Hebrew leader, and Yahweh’s negotiator, until the stubborn heart of Pharaoh bowed to Yahweh’s plan. It continued with Yahweh carefully selecting the safest path they would take for their exodus. It was a path no human strategist would have chosen, The Red Sea was the point at which anyone would have accepted the inevitable total destruction. But Yahweh always has extra weapons in His armoury.
Though the path ahead may seem dark and dismal, and you may feel insecure, threatened or overwhelmed because of what you are going through, know this that Yahweh was at this point long before you got there. If you are His child He has your exit strategy and onward journey carefully planned and His plan will not fail.
Yahweh saw in advance the trying circumstances you would experience; He saw the traps, hurts, frustrations, anxieties and disappointments. In His wisdom He decided how they should be tempered so that you could endure them. You may not see the benefit while you are going through the trials. At that time all you can see is that things are getting from bad to worse. When this happens take courage. Stand with faith in Yahweh. The night of darkness will pass, and your new day will dawn. It may not happen according to your time schedule or in the way you would like, but it will come to pass. Please read our article 'On Time!'.
Remember that before the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they accused Moses of bringing them out of Egypt for them to be slaughtered. Do not accuse Yahweh. Just maintain your trust in Him. Wait patiently for His deliverance, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed Deut 31:8.
Do not forget that He has made ways in the past when it seemed there was no way, and He is doing it for you now, for He is a very present help in trouble Ps 46:1.
b) The Hebrew boys
Consider the Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abed–Nego (Daniel 3), who were thrown into a fiery furnace because in obedience to the word of Yahweh, they refused to bow down and worship the golden image that the king Nebuchadnezzar, had made. To match the king’s fury, the furnace was heated seven times more than was normal, and killed those who threw the Hebrews into the fire. But Yahweh intervened. Man’s fiercest heat is no match for Yahweh’s Spirit when He fights for His chosen people. The flames did not touch their bodies or their minds. Miraculously, they were walking freely in the overheated furnace, for the Son of Yahweh Himself had entered the arena. The king was astonished and bade them to come out of the furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed–Nego walked freely to hear the rapturous praises of the heathen king, glorifying their Elohim who had rescued them. Yahweh had made a way that His chosen representatives could walk out unharmed from a furnace that had been stoked to guarantee the end of their lives. Of greater importance, He caused the organiser of their planned execution to publicly repent of his folly, and glorify Yahweh. What a turn around! Halleluyah!
Yahweh could have delivered these young men from having to go into the furnace, but this was His path to the double victory. Yahweh cares about us, but He never misses the opportunity to enhance His eternal purposes. May we in our quest for deliverance in our circumstances, be more concerned for His will to be done. We only see part of the picture. His vision is comprehensive. Through one action He can provide many solutions.
There is no situation so intricate, difficult or intense that Yahweh cannot find a way of deliverance, or of revealing Himself to you and others, and at the same time, bring glory and honour to His matchless name and almighty, invincible power.
For some time in his life it seemed that Joseph had hit a bad patch. He was thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by his own brothers, then wrongfully imprisoned for not yielding to the temptation of Potiphar’s wife, and forgotten in prison by the chief butler whose dream he had accurately interpreted. But Yahweh was with Joseph and eased him from each of his sufferings, gave him favour where it mattered, on his way to the most spectacular and incredible promotion possible for a former slave and prisoner in a foreign country. At the right moment Yahweh delivered the big prize that placed Joseph in the unique position of being able to feed his envious and devious brothers.
Once again as in the case of the Hebrew young men, when deliverance came it had a rippling effect. Yahweh not only provided deliverance for Joseph, but also food for his entire family and the nation of Egypt. In addition He brought about the fulfilment of Joseph’s dream, gave Joseph’s brothers many lessons including love and forgiveness, and established Joseph’s family in Egypt, which was a vital start to the subsequent history of Israel.
Yahweh works in mysterious ways. His way of deliverance for you will have offshoots to His other purposes. He will take you from the pit of rejection and humiliation, the dungeon of isolation, and the conspiracy of those who want to have their own way, and cause you to succeed and to rise above your foes. But behind the scenes, there is far more than your situation interwoven in the tapestry of His eternal plan. What a mighty Elohim we serve who can bring together and repair many different strands of problems in one stitch!
O that you could begin to see and comprehend Yahweh’s bigger picture, and rid yourself of the obsession with your own struggles. When that happens you would have found the route to being liberated from yourself and the negative effects of your troubles.
d) Yahweh likes challenges
The Bible shows that Yahweh revels in challenges, and wins battles when defeat was the most likely outcome. He put young David against the giant Goliath, and the small nation of Israel against the combined armies of stronger nations. He reduced Gideon’s army to a mere three hundred to face the vast allied forces of the well-equipped Midianites, Amalekites and all the children of the east who were as numerous as locusts - read Judges 7. Gideon’s men won with only trumpets as their weapons, demonstrating that it is neither by might nor by power but by Yahweh’s Spirit that your obstacle will be removed and your pathway cleared.
If you are one of Yahweh’s chosen people, Yahweh will intervene even though you are weak, and will crush the opposition however organised, strong or numerous they may seem to be, for the battle is not yours but Yahweh’s. He never fails to enter the fight when His people, work and purposes are at stake.
Let the weak say, "I am strong" Joel 3:10 His help is sufficient for you, for His strength is at its best when you are at your weakest (excluding sinning!) 2 Cor 12:9.
C. YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES
As you look back into your own life, you will find many instances when Yahweh had made a way for you. You will find that He never failed you, and that He fulfilled His word of never leaving or forsaking you. So do not think He is about to change and desert you now. No person or situation is so important as to cause Yahweh to withdraw His promises. As He delivered you in the past, He will do the same again for you, and continue to do so, whatever you may face. His mercies are unfailing. He is faithful. The work He has begun in you will be completed. He has not brought you this far to leave you now.
I am [Yahweh], I do not change Mal 3:6.
D. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
Whether from Yahweh or Satan, tests in this life are inevitable. You need a firm and immovable foundation of Bible based beliefs that can see you through the storms of life, and will enable you to build and move on to victory from the jaws of defeat. As a soldier must be trained and equipped to fight, so you too must be prepared for the inevitable battles you will face.
Draw heavily and frequently from the many instances in the Bible where Yahweh had made a way for His chosen people, and be encouraged that He will do the same for you, because of His unfailing and unchanging love. Be strengthened and confident by the inspiring promises in the Bible.
When you are in the midst of your testing, you cannot afford to focus on the people, circumstances or things that cause disquiet, but on the unseen hand of your Almighty Elohim. If the heroes to whom reference has been made had focused on their situations they would have lost courage and so will you unless you have a firm unmoveable trust in Yahweh that He is on your side that He will withhold no good thing from you if you walk uprightly (Ps 84:11).
Never allow difficult situations to disrupt your focus on Yahweh or your trust in Him. Instead use every possible opportunity to build a Yahweh-filled environment by praising, worshipping, singing, praying, Bible study with meditation, and recorded sermons and uplifting religious songs.
Remember that nothing is too hard or is too much trouble for Yahweh. He will close the lions’ mouths, exalt the despised, bring down the haughty, scatter enemies, ease or remove your pain, bring healing, or calm your troubled seas.
- Like Abraham and Sarah in the Old Testament, and Mary, Yahshua’s mother in the New, you may wonder how this will be, but Yahweh is not limited by the boundaries and probabilities of our finite minds.
Yahweh is anxious to bless you and to make a way for you. Give Yahweh first place. Honour Him, love Him and serve Him with all your heart, obey Him and watch how He will intervene on your behalf. Remember to focus on the giver rather than the gift.
The best preparation however will not prevent the immediate impact of a traumatic experience, but it will lessen the effect of the blow, shorten the interval of your despondency and develop in you a stronger faith in Yahweh.
Above all, understand that the strategy on its own is not what will bring victory. If we are to defeat our Goliaths, walk free from our fiery furnaces, cross our Red Seas, and bring glory to Yahweh, we must have a constant intimate relationship with Yahweh and Yahshua. Yahshua said we must abide in Him, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). It is Yahweh’s Spirit working in, through and for us that will make us victorious. Use the times of your agonising experience to deepen and enhance your personal relationship with Yahweh.
- Develop an unswerving trust and uncompromising loyalty to Yahweh. Fully accept His sovereignty and fear no evil, knowing that nothing can happen, which He did not foreknow.
Having done all, be bold, for Yahweh your Elohim is with you and will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you" Isa 41:13 and again "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your [Elohim]. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" Isa 41:10. With His help there will be no mountains you cannot climb, no rivers you cannot cross, and no foe you cannot defeat. Though you may fall, you will rise again. Even through the gates of death, Yahweh will make a way for you to rise triumphantly, defying death and live eternally. Death and Satan would have lost their sting. Trials, temptations and sufferings would be no more. Until then utilise the might and help of Yahweh to come through victorious in every battle, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world 1 John 4:4.
"Our beliefs must fit in with the Scriptures especially when the Scriptures do not support our beliefs". Buel Hallpike
© Buel Hallpike May 2007