When Life Throws Lemons At You…
It is said that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. However, it is easier said than done. Sometimes we are pushed to the brink of despair and we lie a few inches from giving up in life. We have testimonies of how we had despaired at one point and how it took God’s grace for us to be back on our feet.
The Bible acknowledges the tribulations of God’s people. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” Psalms 34:19 (KJV).
It is not sufficient reason to give up when things do not work out well for you.
Lonely But Not Alone
You may feel lonely, even out of touch with the world. You could feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Everything could be crumbling down and you are about to lose it. Christ, the Son of God, also had a similar situation.
“And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”Mathew 27:46 (KJV)
Why would the Son of God feel that His Father had left Him? He was lonely at the cross, not alone. He was crucified between two thieves yet he was lonely because they were suffering the same fate.
God is with us in all situations even when things get thick. We may feel lonely but we are never alone because God is with us throughout. Some people pass through difficult times because God has allowed it. It is never because God has left us alone.
He is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.
God is the constant in our lives. Never changing, ever the same. No situation stops Him from not being God. He knows the beginning before the end, everything is laid bare in his sight.
“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” Hebrews 4:13 (KJV).
We are vulnerable before Him in whose sight we are not hidden from. Even though we find safety in the fortresses we build, only God can assure our safety. He is omnipresent – we cannot run away from Him.
God is in our midst in every little thing we do. “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me” Isaiah 49:16 (KJV). God closely monitors our actions and all that we pass through. Shall hardships make you blaspheme?
God is omnipotent, all powerful. Everything is under God’s control even when you doubt because of the storms your way. Nothing can come your way unless the Lord has permitted it.
Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV).
God has everything under control even in difficult situations,
God is omniscient, all knowing. He knows what could be ailing you even before you tell Him. He also knows when you desperately need His intervention without anybody telling him anything.
“And had no need that anyone should testify of man, for he knew what was in man” John 2:25 (NKJV). Jesus knew all things before he was told. During hardships, commit yourself to the Lord and He will answer you.
Inviting God Into Our Lives
When you need God the most, there are barriers that stand in between you and Him. They deny you access to have Him enter your life.
God cannot come into your life unless you invite Him. You can invite Him into your life through two major ways:
1. Receiving Salvation
Jesus said that He is the way to the Father. No one goes to the Father except through Him. The easiest way to invite God into your life is by getting saved.
Salvation is voluntary. The Bible writes, “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him and he with me” Revelation 3:20 (KJV).
When you get saved, God becomes a shareholder in your life. He owns a stake in it and gets involved with what you do in life.
2. Praying to Him
After salvation, you can invite God into your life by praying to Him. Prayer is communicating with God. Share with Him your dreams, your joy and frustrations. You can talk to God about anything and He will listen.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” Mark 11:24 (NKJV).
Invite God into your life by constantly praying to Him.
God, The Invisible Master
“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; He has seen the Father” John 6:46 (NKJV).
Jesus explained to the Jews the invisibility of God, yet He was in total control over everything. Only Jesus had seen the Father because He was from above.
Similarly, God works in mysterious ways that we sometimes cannot comprehend. He is closer to us than we can think of. He is ever present to guide us through huddles in life in subtle ways beyond our comprehension.
God speaks to us through natural acts. Floods, famine or earthquakes could be means through which God is passing a message for us to decode. He expresses his anger through disastrous and extreme natural acts.
God could also guide us into success by frustrating our efforts to implement our desires. Instead, what we get what we least wanted. He could be saving us from regrets later in life.
In conclusion, God is ever present in our lives even when we need Him most and it appears that He has neglected us. You just have to understand Him better to make him be inclined to your prayers.