In your own stuckness, if you choose to live by what you see instead of what God has said, you're going to be able to name all the reasons why life is bad, and why life is unfair, why failure is inevitable, why God 'must' be against you, and why there's no reason to hope or even try.
In Numbers 13-14, time and again the people of Jerusalem have to make a choice between what God says and what they see. And time and time again, they make their choice not on what God said but on what they see. What I want you to know about this story is something I call ‘The Turning Point Spiral.’ It is a point of decision where you decide whether you are going to look at circumstances, or the promise of God. It is that small moment before you step off, or stay stuck! It's where everything changes for the better in trusting the promises of God, and you become increasingly free and alive, or you stay stuck and everything begins to spiral down into a Godless disaster!
The turning point spiral I'm talking about is when we are in a moment of crisis or pain, and we make a choice to live by what we see and feel rather than by what God said. If we choose to live by what God said, then we have to fight and trust, and at that moment a spiral begins and things begin to accelerate upward. Your life begins to get brighter and better and it reveals Jesus in ways that brings hope to life! It may be slow and it may take a while, but its inevitable!
On the other hand, when you choose not to trust God, His promise goes into eclipse and the downward spiral begins going all the way down the express elevator. The sad thing about this is that either way the spiral goes, we take people with us! When you and I disregard the promise of God, when we choose to live in eclipse, guess what? It's lightless!
So here’s the deal, what areas are you stuck in and do you want to be free? God is about freeing people and breaking chains. When God says something, it is settled. When God says something, it doesn’t matter how you feel, or how things look, nothing else matters. In my flesh I argue with that all the time and I whine a lot because God calls me to stay in the fight and I don’t want to fight, I want everything to be easy and instant. I mean if Heaven could come right this moment that would be perfect!
Proverbs 3:5-6, says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." A path is a place of walking, it goes from somewhere to somewhere; it is not a place of stuck! The Word of God says that people who truly believe Him do not trust their own take on life. A part of learning to believe God is learning NOT to believe ourselves! Did you realize that? So where are you stuck? -Dr. Drew Shofner