It’s an interesting feature of being human, that we can only enjoy today when there is something to look forward to in our future. We are not just creatures of the moment, because we are made in the image of God. We are people of vision and purpose.
In fact, it is when we get completely engrossed in either the difficulties or the successes of today’s circumstances, that we lose touch with the possibilities of tomorrow, and we become disorientated in life.
It’s very important when we have achieved a significant life goal or won a great victory, that we keep walking to embrace something new, or life will start to lose meaning and focus. When Elijah had just defeated the prophets of Baal, stirring up a massive display of God’s power, he had no vision or confidence for confronting Jezebel and ran and hid out of fear. Depression overtook him, but God came and gave him a fresh assignment and he was able to go forward again.
Similarly, if we get bogged down in the pain of today’s circumstances, and engrossed in the details of what they did to us, or what we would like to say and do to get even, that our lives become small and hard to bear. It seems like we have hit a dead end.
Don’t be content to let life sit you in a little chair and tell you that there is nothing in the future for you that is worth living for. There is a spirit of renewal that is available to you.
Job 14:7-9 shows us how this works
For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.
Though its root may grow old in the earth,
And its stump may die in the ground,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud
And bring forth branches like a plant.
You may have come to a point when natural hope has run out, and depression has taken over; maybe the doctor gave you a bad report, or you finally had to take your business into liquidation.
You may feel cut down by life because of broken relationships, crushed dreams, or repeated failures. The Word says that even if you have been at this place for some time, there is hope for you – it is a supernatural hope and it will cause you to revive and grow strong in an entirely new season of your life. This is the spirit of renewal.
Notice how the renewal takes place: “at the scent of water” the stump will bud. This is talking about the Word of God. When the Word comes to you and strikes your spirit again, fresh life will spring up.
When you are cut down by life, don’t take a break from church, even if your tragedy took place among the believers, because it is the Word that will bring you a fresh scent of what God will do in your life.
Take note that the Word doesn’t come with trumpets and fanfares in neon lights! The Word comes as a scent on a breeze. You just catch it as it is released. It seems light and insubstantial, and you can almost miss it, but it is the key to your breakthrough.
When you are in a painful season, don’t seek the comfort of pitying friends, seek a Word! That is the time when you can’t afford to miss a service because you don’t know when your Word will come forth.
Your Word might come as a “what if?” thought. What if I made that phone call to say I am sorry? What if I asked again, went again, tried again? As soon as you catch the scent of it, act on it! It is your way out. There is always something you can do about where you are, even if it is simply to maintain a good attitude in the midst of your situation.
Remember, when trouble is in your life, you won’t understand what is happening to you, so make sure that you let God decide how He will deliver you. The answer won’t look as you expect it to. The battle is the Lord’s and by setting your hope and expectation on His goodness, you WILL obtain a good report.