Our worst case scenario is God’s best case scenario.
When Caleb saw the giants in the land promised to them, he said this;
“Only rebel not against Jehovah, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is removed from over them, and Jehovah is with us: fear them not.” (Numbers 14:9 ASV)
The way through the cross is by embracing it.
We fear because we are trying to avoid suffering.
If we are walking in the Spirit (abiding in Christ), if we are in God’s will and our circumstances are looking grim, instead of driving ourselves into a helpless place by our efforts to make things work out in our favour, we can remember this; he who holds onto his life will lose it and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:39). We have been crucified with Christ, we are dead. Christ is the one living now in us.
The helpless situation we are in is a gift to us from our loving God to form Christ in us. So instead of driving ourselves into a nervous breakdown by trying to avoid the worst case scenario that is far beyond our ability to affect, we can accept it as a cross from the Lord who loves us, and trust Him implicitly to care for us in whatever comes our way. It is our opportunity to know Him and the power of His resurrection and to fellowship in His suffering. It is a precious and dear gift to us in going deeper with the Lord. We can say “Thank You Lord!”
We need to remember in these times when we have something good that is being threatened, we can do one of two things. We can go crazy trying to hold onto it or we can embrace the cross in the form of the threat of loss and let it continue to do a beautiful deep work of God in our lives.
One of the greatest tests and challenges to us is when we have something to lose. This is also part of God’s work in us. When we have given up everything material, relational and financial to follow Christ we have not much left to lose and it can be an easier existence. The trials change once He blesses us with success, material possessions and income, because then we have something to lose.
To have these things threatened is then an even deeper going down and into what the Lord has taught and wrought in us before. Where He has taken us in Him before, He takes us again deeper. Hence, we can praise God with a genuine heart of thanksgiving. And in doing so, find that the yoke He has given is easy and the burden He has blessed us with is light.