Can you tell the difference between a dead-end situation and a faith test? They both have some of the same characteristics: hopelessness, unreasonableness, ridiculousness. Nevertheless, one is for spiritual growth, and the other one—a big waste of time. Can you tell the difference between the two?
The Bible is replete with people who faced what seemed like dead-ends. For example, the Red Sea opened, Isaac’s miraculous conception, the sun and moon stood still for Joshua, and prison doors opened for Peter could have easily been mistaken for dead-end circumstances. Wrong assumptions would have drastically changed those phenomenal endings.
Continue or discontinue?
Anytime you are in a dilemma trying to decide if you should continue on in faith, or discontinue and walk away, you have to seek God for the answer. He is the only One Who knows if what you’re going through is a faith test—or not? If you have trouble discerning God’s directions, then tell Him you can’t understand what He wants you to do. Tell God you don’t want to make a mistake and give up too soon, however, you don’t want to waste your time if He needs you to be doing something else.
After you have prayed, watch for clues. Sometimes God will set-up incidents that will prompt you to go in the right direction, like:
Dead things don’t grow!
The show is over—the credits have rolled!
The horse is dead—dismount!
Then on the other hand:
It’s not over until God says it’s over!
The question remains: Can you tell the difference between the two? It’s imperative that you know for your remarkable outcome.
A faith test or a dead-end? Hmmm!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.
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