Exodus 3:7 “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows“
Yesterday, we saw the affliction of the Israelites when Pharaoh placed them into extreme bondage. How we handle our affliction speaks to our spirituality and maturity as a child of God.
Today, I see our affliction as a test of faith. We ask questions like:
Will God hear me?
Does He even care?
When will He answer?
Do I even matter enough for Him to do something?
We are given assurances in the Word of God that ought to comfort our hearts.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
These are but a few of the verses that represent the promises given us as His children. Our faith must root in these promises to find Him faithful.
Believing God will do what He says He will do, is faith. Seeing the answer is evidence to be gathered. Testifying that evidence we collect solidifies our faith and brings comfort and peace when affliction seems to swallow us.
How much evidence have you gathered? Is it enough to settle your heart no matter what comes your way? Or has it been some time since you last saw God move that it causes your heart to question?
We wrongly apply human characteristics to God. We think Him to be fickle in His love for us. If we had done what others have done to us, we would have forsaken ourselves long ago.
Yet, God’s love is not like any we have ever experienced. He loves us just as much when we fail as when we are a success. Affliction exacerbates our fears, and our enemy knows precisely when and how to leverage this to his advantage.
Our response to Satan’s accusations must be from the Word of God. Jesus’ temptation in the desert revealed as much.
Matthew 4:3-4 “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
When we allow the situations and circumstances to overwhelm us, we fail to see God correctly. Fear, doubt, and worry creep in and steal our joy and peace. God admonishes us:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
So, when affliction comes, run to God. He DOES hear and WILL respond.