Do you feel like there is a sharp thorn inside of you? A deep feeling of pain, torment, stress, anxiety, depression? Paul experienced a sharp thorn in his side. What he was trying to explain was not that he had the physical thorn in his side, but types of troubles such as illness, depression, anxiety, loneliness; to name a few. But when we look at it from a spiritual perspective, we see that the thorn was a message from Satan. The feelings we feel at this present moment can either be good or bad; you decide to be happy or you can decide to be miserable, it is all down to you.
Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a wicked spirit sent by Satan to buffet him. Buffet means to strike repeatedly. God does not send wicked spirits against people in the Body of Christ for any reason. Read James 1:13. He sends the Holy Spirit and has given us His Word, which is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and for instruction in righteousness to discipline and guide us. When we face troubles, the first thing we should do is to seek God. Let God be your first point of contact. We are all surrounded in uncomfortable environments. It may be physical issues, financial issues, health issues, academic issues, mindset issues; all these things can be uncomfortable. But how do you handle pain that nobody can understand? How do you succeed when things are working against you?
In the Bible Job, one of the most humblest man of God was very wealthy. He had it all. Unexpectedly, he lost it all. He lost his children, his money, and his health. That is when he decided to pray. But can I ask you a question; do you just pray when problems arise, do you only speak to God when you are in need, or should your mind be on seeking God for who He is? If we were to lose everything and only seek God to retrieve our desires back, then really, you are not living for God’s purpose, but living for yourself. Job had to take himself out of the situation and fix his mind on God, because he knew that it was only for a season that he lost his possessions.
How would you feel if you lost everything? Would you get angry? Would you become resentful onto others? Job of course was upset, and I can totally relate. But he did not allow his feelings nor emotions get to him, for if it did, he would not have seen the Power of God in his life. Notice that he did not say “Oh how am I going to get my money back, or my health back, or my children back?”. No, he realised that when we stand with God in the midst of our uncomfortable environments, He will hear our cry. It is not about us, but it is ALL ABOUT HIM! We are servants of the Most High. We must be able to come to a conscience decision where we surrender our all to God and allow Him to have His way in our lives. Rather than Him serving us, let us serve Him.
When you are in right standing with God, everything else will fall in place! I say this with Faith because I know how it feels to lose some things. It can be painful to open up to people at times. People will judge you based on your outward appearance. They will perceive you as having a lot of possessions, but realistically, they do not know what you are going through behind closed doors. Your smile has covered up your pain, but only God knows the real pain you are going through. In this life, YOU LEARN WHEN YOU LOSE WHAT YOU LOVE; WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT BUT GOD YOU DISCOVER THAT GOD IS ENOUGH! And it is true. Until you experience painful situations, that is when you will experience God’s power in your life. You can’t be in a comfortable environment and expect everything to be 100% perfect. There will be problems, but His Grace is sufficient for all of us!!
The book of Job is mainly about him arguing with God and complaining about life. Have you ever been in a situation where you have felt tempted to argue or complain about life? Where you feel no peace? Where you feel your friendships/relationships falling apart? Where it feels like there is no hope? You are not alone! Lets be real, we have to be honest with God about how we feel. Although He already knows, it is vital to express these feelings to God regardless. Only He can change what you are feeling from within. No man, woman, career, or money can make you happy apart from God Himself. Remember God can handle your complaints, but as long as your eyes are on Him, He will teach you, correct you and guide you all the way through your uncomfortable environments.
But may I ask, what are you so uncomfortable of?:
1) Is it your job? The one you were thanking God for when the manager offered it to you?
2) Is it your partner? Remember you were on your knees asking God to grant you a husband…
3) Is it your academic studies? Despite the hard work and tight deadlines, you said you were not gonna give up regardless of how hard it may be…
4) Is it your child? Remember that time you were praying for God to grant you a child and that is what you received?
5) Is it just everything in life? Your relationship with God, your family and friends, your co-workers, society, peer pressure, money, stress??
We have all been there!! Some of us are going through terrible situations than others.Regardless of whatever difficult situation you are in, God is able to give you Peace! You just need to ask, for His Peace surpasses all human understanding! God does not give us peace as the world gives! The world’s peace is simply temporary, but God’s peace is eternal forever! Know the difference. The enemy will deceive you if you are not strong enough in the Lord. His plan is to kill, to steal and to destroy, but God said that He came to give us life in abundance (John 10:10). God as powerful as He is, the omnipresent God, understands where you are in life. Why not trust Him?
Sometimes we will face problems, but they are only for a season! God won’t put you in a situation where you cannot handle pain. Yes you may cry, yes you may fall out with loved ones, BUT HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU! Remember that your latter days WILL be greater than your former days! Don’t think about the God of yesterday, but dwell on the God of tomorrow and for the future! In other words, don’t just thank God for what He did in your past, thank God NOW for what He is going to do in your future! Yes God blessed you last week, but do you have enough FAITH to trust Him for your future blessings? What will it take you to put your all in God? Remember God will not invest in something that He can’t generate a greater return from. If you think your only going to speak to God on behalf of your problems, then some readjustments will have to be made. We can’t expect God to always answer our problems, and not thank Him for the things He has already done. Let us take away that “I” mentality. Remember without God, we are nothing!
So if you’re in an uncomfortable environment, and this could be situations at work, at home, at college/university, with friends and loved ones, keep trusting God and He will bring you through!! We must trust in His power and His strength. Your uncomfortable situations will become your testimony. Do not give up on God because He will not give up on you. God knows your current situation and will show up when you least expect it. Yes at times, God will not speak instantly, but you will definitely know it is Him speaking to you. When you can differentiate other voices from His voice, that is when you will experience better peace. You have to be strong in this life, you have to know who God really IS to you! But can I ask, what is He to you? Is He just a friend? Is He just a co-worker? Is He just your God on a Sunday morning, Is He just your God when all your problems are stressing you out?
There will be problems day after day, but in Matthew 6 it says that we should not worry about what the day will bring, for even tomorrow will have its troubles of its own. Acting in confidence and continuing to trust Him in your darkest moments is a sign that you are COMING OUT of your situation and you are walking in progress! It may be slow, but slow progress is better than NO PROGRESS! We all want to come out of our uncomfortable environments. But please do not expect it to be for a day, because it won’t. Problems can be ongoing, however the good thing is you have the power to control your problems by consulting your Father. When you feel alone, talk to someone. God puts people in our lives for a reason. At times, we will need encouragement from others. It is vital to our daily needs. Be encouraged today that your uncomfortable zones will be your greatest testimony. You can use what you are going through to be a blessing onto someone else.
Note: For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Don’t allow your circumstance to change your mood!