Beyond Faith

There are some places that your faith just cannot take you. What do you do when you believe for it hope for it, pray for it, fasted for it and stand firm but nothing happens?

I can speak from experience that after praying for it, believing for it, hoping against hope but the dream died anyway, You will become discouraged, depressed, frustrated, disoriented and just flat out give up on the dream. After you have taken your best shot and failed the next best thing is not to want it anymore. After all you have used up all your options there is nothing left to try. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over expecting a different response but what do you do when you want to give up but deep down you know you must keep going?

In Judges chapter 6, Gideon found himself in such a predicament, he was frustrated because the midianites kept stealing and destroying their crops. The Israelites were frustrated because of their sins against God. The Lord sent the midianites to frustrate them in order that they might acknowledge their sins and be forgiven.

Gideon did not understand it, He could not figure out what was wrong, so he was frustrated, He has heard about the miracles of his forefathers, and how God brought them out of the land of Egypt with miracles signs and wonders but here they were being oppressed by their enemies, why God why?

I can believe that at some point Gideon prayed and ask God to send help. As we can see the angel of the Lord answered Gideon while he was in the wine press threshing wheat.

At this point Gideon was beyond his faith, his capacity, to believe that God was going to do something about Israel’s condition. He was so frustrated that when God himself showed up he did not recognized him. Sometimes we can become so engrossed in our conditions that when God show up our situation we dismissed him.

As you continue to read the story of Gideon you will come to see how God use Gideon to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Midianites but it was not because of Gideons faith but rather the Grace of God.

When you come to the end of your faith, You will meet up on God’s Grace. When you know you have done all you can do, you prayed every prayer you can pray. You have fasted, you have given everything you can give, wait for the Grace of God to take you beyond faith. His grace will take you places that your faith can only dream of. I don’t want to leave you with the misconception that faith is not necessary, faith is the precursor to grace. You must go through faith to receive grace.

If you are struggling with faith in God or wrestling with the cares and concerns of life. Pray to the Lord and ask him to guide you to his grace. Don’t give up.

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