When victory comes from chaos
This folks, is the real test when hearing from God. You’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve ‘seeked’ Him, you’ve found Him, you’ve heard Him speak to you, you’ve done what He’s said. But you have no victory! In fact, since doing what He’s told you to do, it seems as if all hell has broken loose. And everything in your life seems upside down or in disarray.
Don’t feel alone!!
Six or seven years ago I faced a promotion choice; I could stay with the company that I had been with for a decade and take up the most sought after management position in my field in my company, or I could leave the company and take up another management position in an international company. Both offered a significant salary increase plus benefits, but taking the one would require relocation.
So we prayed and felt God say that I must take the international management position. We believed that this was the answer as it offered the salary increase without having to relocate, which was important as my wife was but about a month away from giving birth. This ‘answer’ suited our needs and we took it as been providential of God.
Two months after leaving my very stable job and salary with the very real prospect of internal promotion, to take up the external promotion that God had told us to do, I handed in my resignation with the new company. My world was upside down.
My wife was struggling with a colicky baby. I started this new opportunity three days after my son was born and as a result, was not around enough to support her. The new company wanted even more time out of me. Accommodating international trading times was non-conducive. And I was spending a lot of extra time travelling to and from the new offices.
I did not understand what was going on.
I did not understand where I was headed.
I did not understand where God was headed.
And the thought that ran through my head, was did I hear God right? If I did, why was everything in a mess?
When I asked God, He gave me a vision:
I was standing at the edge of a cliff. As I looked over the cliff, all I could see were clouds. I could not see the bottom. And I sensed God was telling me to step over the cliff. God wanted me to trust Him.
During this period of turmoil I had been counselling with my pastor of the church that I was in at that time, and another trusted mentor. BOTH of them told me that it would be better for me to leave the new company ONLY once I had something else lined up. The problem was that each time I prayed to God, I got the same vision.
So I made a decision.
Before going to work that morning, I went to go tell my pastor that despite his and other’s advice, I was going to work to hand in my resignation. It was a brief, matter-of-fact meeting. I left the office and drove to work.
Five minutes into driving, my phone rang. I pulled over and answered the call. It was my pastor. He told me that as I left the office, he received a phone call from one of the staff. This person was handing in their resignation and the church was now in ‘desperate’ need of someone to fill that position. Would I be interested?
God had prevailed. And the rest as they say, is His-story.
David experienced a very similar set of circumstances. After being anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel, he spends many years being persecuted and hunted before finally becoming king (see 1 Samuel 16 through to 2 Samuel 5:4). You read in the Psalms his many cries of how long before God brings about the fulfilment of His stated promise (see Psalm 13). In fact, I cannot even compare his running for his very life, to my period of inconvenience. Yet he remained faithful to the word that God had given him, and persevered in waiting for the fulfilment of that word.
So, here are some pointers when facing a similar experience:
- Don’t doubt yourself. Satan will come to you as he did in the Garden of Eden and ask, “Did God really say …?” (see Genesis 3:1). Expect it. He wants you to lose your faith in God.
- Remain faithful to the word you have received; don’t add to it. Eve replied accurately when she said that God had indeed said that they must not eat of the specific tree, but then added to what God had said (see Genesis 3:2-3). It allowed a rebuttal from Satan to cause confusion.
- Use the word you have received. Ephesians 6:17 says that when we stand firm against the enemy, we must wield the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. This ‘word’ in Greek is rhema not logos (as in John 1:1) and is used mostly of God’s utterances or revelations. When God has spoken to you, He has given you a rhema-word. Fight back the doubt and the circumstances by remembering and standing firm on the rhema-word that God has spoken to you.
When we do these things,
we become patient
And in the end, out of the disorder, confusion, and chaos, God’s purposes prevail and we have victory. Just like David.
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Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version
1 Samuel 16:13 through various to 2 Samuel 5:4
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. (19:18) When David had fled and made his escape … (20:1) Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?” (21:10) That day David fled … (27:4) … David had fled … (2 Samuel 5:4) David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.
Psalms 13:1-6 For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (2) How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (3) Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; (4) my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. (5) But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (6) I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Genesis 3:2-3 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, (3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” (compare with Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”)
Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word ([rhema] of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word [logos] was with God, and the Word [logos] was God.