I know many of us are going through something, whether it is big or small in your eyes, something is happening in our lives. We all have issues and even when everything is going peachy peachy we still are faced with some type of bad news. Whether it’s directly towards us or indirectly it affect us in some way. Yesterday I was working on something extremely important with someone who was helping me with this project. During my conversation with this individual, I had my revelation moments as well as sad moment, more so because the very thing I worked on for years, a decision had to be made that I work on it some more, which can come out to be more additional years, so that was my sad part.
At the time I did not realize the news I was about to hear from someone else. It turns out an acquaintance son past away; so here I am upset about my situation and someone was going through something much much worst. My heart saddens even more and I turned to God and ask what should I do? I was speechless with both matters, of course much more for my acquaintance. So I asked God how do we handle unexpected bad news? To some it may be obvious, “you trust God” but that was not the only thing God helped me see. Here’s what I believe He revealed to me:
First, I literally spoke out loud and said “God this is in your hands”. Immediately we should declare to God that this is more than we can handle, please take this from me. I say immediately, because during the times of distress, we start to worry and lose sight of God’s ability to strengthen us in our time of hurt or need. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) says “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully”.
Give that problem, issue, situation immediately to God. Don’t nurse it, baby sit it, give it all to God. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”. Our ability to speak good things while bad things are happening will be the turning point to victory instead of defeat. Remember there is nothing more enjoyable to Satan than to watch your break down, don’t give him the pleasure.
Secondly, calm down, yes your emotions are all over the place but we must find a moment to clam down. It’s okay to cry but while you are crying, speak, tell God that you trust Him and believe His going to work it out. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. When we are emotional, we are also vulnerable and fear will creep in and literally rob us of our peace. Fear is not from God, a sound mind is, so we must learn to embrace the Spirit of God which is peace, a sound mind, self-control, love and power while you are going though the situation.
Thirdly, after we have calm down, inquire. Ask God to reveal to you what this means? What you can learn from this? What steps should you take? God may not reveal all the answer all at once and He may even take more time than you anticipate to reveal you the reasons and purpose for what happened or is happening. But nevertheless, seek for clarity. When we seek for clarity we are less susceptible to turn to angry towards God or the situations. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”. We need clarity from God not what we ‘think” we understand. God will reveal the ultimate truth about the situation to you.
Fourth, Pray. It’s important to pray, even when we don’t feel like praying, we should pray. The great thing about having a relationship with God is that He’s not looking for a great speech, theology driven prayers. He just wants to hear from you, even if it’s one sentence “God help me”. Say something to God, pray. Moreover, praying help us to rest the issue in God’s help completely. We know we have prayed about it and we let Him handle the rest. Philippians 4:6 (ESV) says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”.
Fifth, rest, I don’t mean go to sleep, but find rest in your heart and nerves and trust that God will take care of it and will give you peace concerning the situation. Do things that make you happy and remind you of the good times not the bad. Spend time with people who are comforting. Remember the Lord is your Shepherd: Psalm 23 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Remember you have a purpose in life and no matter what is happening whether good or bad, God will still help and want you to fulfill your purpose. It’s not over, so don’t give up, don’t get discourage. Keep on Pressing On!
All scriptures on taken from BibleGateway.com