How do we know what God is trying to tell us? I have heard He is always with us always guiding us and all we have to do is listen. But how do we know what He is trying to tell us? Sure sometimes it is easy. There have been a few times in the past when He has giving me messages, but then there are others when He hasn’t. Like a couple of weeks ago on a Wednesday. I asked for some help on whether I should leave my job and pursue other interests. The next day I hit a bridge with my truck. Now, one would think this could be a message right?
But was it or was I just not paying attention? Was it God telling me it was time for a change or was it Satan, after all I am now out of work because of it and it isn’t easy here without my income coming in, so could it be the devil messing with me trying to get me to sin?
He has done it before, I admit I have been a sinner, especially when I have let myself get depressed over my situation. But there is a difference now. Now I believe in God, I believe he is watching over me and protecting me. Will money fall from heaven for me? No, I know I have to work for it, but I know if I do my part he will do his.
I have learned a lot of things in my life, some good, some not so good, but one thin I have learned is God will never let us fall so far we can’t get out of it. I think back to the past, times when I was out of work, times when I drank and battled depression, and each time God only let me go to a certain point before bringing me back. I didn’t pray, I am not sure I really believed all that much, but each time I would reach a certain low, something would happen and I would come back.
I suppose some can argue it had nothing to do with God, that things happen just because they happen, but the more I think about it, the more I think not. Things do happen for a reason, and there is one behind those reasons.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 13 (RSV – CE
I have been tempted in the past and will be tempted in the future, but knowing God is there I am stronger now. I will not succumb this time. Yes, maybe it was the evil one who caused me to hit the bridge but it is God who will help me be strong and survive whatever is next in my life journey.