Some of us have experienced some low points in life where we felt we were left with nothing. Some of us are there right now. There are two ways we experience nothing. The first way is WITH God! The second way is WITHOUT God!
With God, your nothingness seems to still have something. There is still light in your life, illuminating the potential and possibilities for you. There is still hope and this weird little bit of assurance that keeps your legs strong, although your heart feels faint. God is a CERTAINTY and we TRUST Him at His Word. We don't "believe" He will pull us through. We KNOW that He will deliver us! Steadfast Faith in the Almighty is what we have when we KNOW God!
Without God, there is darkness, a partial blindness that only allows us to see the magnitude of our circumstances. It's kinda like how Israel saw Goliath back in the day. An entire nation was ready to surrender itself at the fear of one dude, a big dude, but ONE friggin dude!! God was nowhere in their arsenal. For their fear was greater. Fear was their idol at the moment and they were ready to bow down and serve it. We do that from time to time, allow things like fear, uncertainty, and lack of knowledge to be our gods.
I've been called very optimistic more than several times, but what I have to be clear about is my Faith. I accept that I am optimistic and I know that I am. Often times, I believe we mistake the Faith of some for optimism and vice versa. In my mind, Faith is about CERTAINTY, while Optimism is about HOPE! Both are GOOD! I am not trying to down play either one. For Faith is a combination of both: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)." Optimism says, "Let's stay positive and hope for the best." Faith says, "It's a done deal and I will carry myself as though it's done!" Be optimistic, but be faithful in ALL things! For God is Faithful and keeps ALL His promises. In life, we need both, optimism and faith. Without them, we are sure to fall short and victim more often than not.
I am reminded of the time I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the time I was admitted into Mobile Infirmary, my blood sugar was 996. That number meant nothing to me. I felt fine and did not expect to be there long. Later that night, in ICU, my doc came in to tell me I had Diabetes. I thought about it but it didn't bother me. In my mind, I figured I'd live fine with it. Even the letters "I", "C", & "U", together, found no registration in my brain. I was fine. It was a Saturday when I went in. By the following Tuesday, it hit me like a ton of bricks. My optimism began to fail. I was talking to my cousin Derryl on the phone, and I broke down. I thought, "I have a DISEASE and there is no cure!! I HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!" That was the ONLY time and moment I mourned the passing of my old life.
Faith stepped in, as I worked with my counselor and took classes on living with Diabetes. Over time I realized the severity of a blood sugar of 996, how some have gone into comas and passed away at sugar levels not as high as mine was on the 1st of December, 1990. I can attribute that to NO ONE but God!! When you realize such things, you KNOW God has got your back!! I recognized God at that point in my life and new that there is much more planned for me and that NOTHING is gonna end me unless God gives it HIS permission. Think about the situation prior the trials of Job.
The devil was bored and looking for some mess to get into. He actually had to get clearance from God before he could start picking with Job. Read it for yourselves in Job, chapter 1. This leads me back to James 1:2-8, that I used in my last post about "dross". If God sees fit to allow certain adversity into your life, then KNOW that HE will get you through it. JUST HAVE FAITH!! My Faith tells me that diabetes WILL NOT end me, nor any complications of it. "PUT ME IN COACH & GIVE ME THE BALL!!" is how we should approach trial and tribulation, KNOWING that we have that winning "3" in our hands, in our ability!!
Now take another gander at the picture I've used to illustrate this post. Imagine the size of the courage, the faith, the fire in the little man's heart, as he faces the giant, KNOWING that the victory is his. The giant is NOTHING compared to God. When fighting for God, with SOLID, UNBREAKABLE FAITH, victory comes naturally!! That giant is an over-sized defeat waiting to happen!!
As you face grand and great trials in your life, simply remember this verse:
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." - 1John 4:4 -
HAVE FAITH, MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS!! NOTHING OF OR IN THIS LIFE IS GREATER THAN THE CREATOR OF ALL LIFE!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams