I heard Joyce Meyer recently mentioning a picture about driving a car. When you change the gear there is always a few seconds when it feels like the car is slowing down or even going backwards. It is just for a very short time, and then the car speeds up again to an even higher level. That is how it can be in our life’s sometimes.
We think that we are good Christians, living fully and wholeheartedly for God, we have reached our heights and there is just glory in our life’s. Suddenly we find ourselves doing something we thought we would never do, or we feel that our prayer life has just become very dry, and we think that we have lost the glory of God.
The fact is that these periods only last for a short period of time, just like the gear in the car, but we think it will last forever, therefore many people give up just before they get their miracle.
What is important to understand is that God is using those times for a purpose. You are in a shifting period in your life, and the little tiny step backwards that you are experiencing will only last for a very short time, and then you will begin to speed up again to an even higher level!
It is often in our hardest challenges and the driest desert that we get to know God the best. If we endure through it and exercise our spiritual muscles we will come out stronger on the other side.
I went through a hard testing period some time ago. It was not at all fun for me to go through those things and I felt it was gonna last forever. But I thank God that He is always gracious and powerful enough to take us through. I went through, survived and endured the challenges this early, and not later on in life.
I know that if we really hold on to God when He is the only thing we have, then we will see Him move in such a greater and mightier way when we are through it all, provided we never take our mountaintops in life for granted. But if we don’t understand that God is with us through the testing times we will be tempted to give up. Too many Christians have just given up before the breakthrough which was just around the corner…
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.