When your faith is shoved to the breaking point, He will boldly let you know, ‘I’ve got this.’
Shawn A. Akers
Waiting on God to move in your life sometimes pushes—and perhaps shoves—your faith to the breaking point. The wait can prove simply excruciating.
But God in His infinite wisdom always finds a not-so-subtle way to remind you He is still on the throne—that, “I’ve got this.”
My wife, Patty, lost her job a little more than four months ago. Our dwindling financial reserve has begun to pressure our family. Patty has been on several interviews—including second and third interviews—but nothing solid has emerged.
Unemployment is no stranger to our household, and God has always come through when we lay our problems at His feet and leave them there. For some reason, this particular valley has been a bit tougher to navigate.
I found myself feeling more than a bit discouraged on a recent Sunday before church. Little did I know what God had planned that particular morning.
I didn’t feel full of gratitude when the service began. But then our worship pastor, Puchi Colon, began playing and singing a song called, “Greater Things.” The first stanza stirred the spirit within me immediately:
“Renew, restore, revive your church and make us whole. Ignite, transform, take us to the place we’ve never seen before.”
OK, Lord, you have my attention. The song continued:
“You’ve done the impossible
We’ve seen our mountains move before.
Your Word is unstoppable,
with expectation we declare!
Though mountains stand before us,
Though weapons formed against us,
We’re standing on your promise,
We’re believing You Lord for greater things!
We know that you are willing.
We’ve seen that You are able.
Oh God, release Your favor.
We’re believing You Lord for greater things!”
When the song finished, the Lord spoke to my heart: “That was for you, Shawn. Any questions?”
Habakkuk 3:19 says, “The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”
I learned on this beautiful Sunday morning to yield my financial concerns to the Lord.
When traveling through a valley, it is difficult sometimes to live confident in Him. But as I stand on the promises in God’s Word, I know greater things are around the corner, as is for His favor for my family. My faith may have wobbled but my God did not.
Shawn A. Akers is the online managing editor at Charisma Media. He is a published poet and published a story about Dale Earnhardt in NASCAR Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can read his blog here. To sign up for his newsletter, “Step Out of the Boat,” and other Charisma newsletters, click here. You can also listen to his podcasts, the Javelin Sports Show, on the Charisma Podcast Network.