After receiving the guidelines on how YWAM Finland should respond to the current COVID 19 pandemic, YWAM Koivumäki Family decided to have a PRAYER CHAIN starting on March 17-31.2020.
During our prayer times, trusting the Lord, have faith, be still and keep believing were the major themes that God spoke to us. May the Father, son and Holy Spirit encourage and fill you with His blessed assurance.
Whether consciously or unconsciously aware, we have this deep longing inside of us to know our future especially with the things going on. We want to know what is coming next and how that will affect our future. We don’t like being in the dark. We don’t want any bad surprises. It’s the ‘not knowing’ that can sometimes cause us stress. We think, if we know what to expect it gives us a measure of control over our life. But there are so many unknowns like: How long will I live? What is my future going to be? How will certain things turn out?
When individuals get saved they come into a new relationship with God. They start by learning to relinquish control and slowly trust Him. But this won’t happen without some help from God. He will arrange some circumstances that people cannot figure out, and He will not give them answers when they want them. He is trying to make them exercise their faith.
It takes experience with God for you to learn to trust God. Maybe you have been praying about a situation for a long time and don’t see anything happening. You can get discouraged. Here is where trusting God with the unknown is crucial. If you say, “I’ve been waiting for years and God has not done anything. I think He is waiting on me to do something.” If that is
true, then God will communicate that to you but don’t just jump out there and do something for the sake of doing something.”
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the Word of His servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God. But now, all you who kindle a fire, who encompass yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of YOUR FIRE among the sparks that YOU HAVE IGNITED. This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in sorrow. Isaiah 50:10-11.
This scripture is a warning to believers if God does not give you light – don’t create your own artificial light – there are times of the unknown future that God does not gives us any light and expects us to trust His name:
When is our child going to straighten up? When are we going to get well? When is our breakthrough going to come? He sees the big picture, we don’t and when we don’t know what to do – we are to trust His name.
“You mean that’s it? Just trust God’s name?” How can I do that? When you know what to do or what is going to happen, you govern things through your mind. God is not opposed to the mind, but He is opposed to the mind over ruling the heart in a believer. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Trusting God does not come because we understand, it comes because we are confident in His goodness. We naturally seek answers to the questions in our life, but if we get no answers from God and then we get frustrated, that is a sign we have gone too far in trying to understand with the mind.
Much of the frustration people have in life comes from feeling like we need to know why this happened, or we need to know what to do in every situation. Sometimes it may be more complex that you need to know and would cause us stress and worry. HS will tell us some things to come but not everything. So when He does not give us insight, we need to trust Him.
Can you trust God when you are in the dark? It takes 2 things: “Through faith and patience we inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12 It is hard to have patience on God’s timing when what you hope for does not happen by the time you think you need it.
When breakthroughs don’t happen when you expect you have to be patient with God and trust He knows what He is doing. While you are waiting on God’s timing don’t make the mistake of trying to figure everything out. It may take longer than you thought or it is more difficult than you expected.
When God brings you out of your difficult situation, everybody around you is going to have no doubt that the God you serve is an awesome God.