"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." -Exodus 14:14
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope." -Rom. 5:3-4
When you're facing challenges in your life how do you view God in that moment? When you are in a tough situation and need someone to help navigate you through, what face of God are you looking for in that moment in time?
We live in a 'Quick Fix' society. There are fast food places every couple of blocks. We don't even have to get out of the car. At home we can microwave food and not wait long to eat it. Self check out allows us to handle our groceries a little faster than waiting on long lines.
Everywhere you turn, people are more and more impatient. Driving anywhere can pose a danger these days because people are running lights or speeding in and out of traffic. Where are they going that they cannot drive the speed limit? What's the hurry? What's the rush?
Some Christians are treating their relationship with the Lord in the same way. When things happen, as they often do, they want a quick fix to solve all problems. They utter a quick prayer and expect things to change. Well, I'm here to tell you that God is not a 'Quick Fix God'!
Being a true believer of Christ is about intimacy. It's really about having an open and honest relationship with God and His son, Jesus Christ. When we are interested in an intimate relationship with someone, we spend time in their presence as often as possible. We also, spend time listening as they speak to us. We think about what they are saying and we hold their feelings as utmost importance to us. We even look for opportunities to please them. That's what intimacy looks like.
Challenges, trials, and difficulties are all a part of life. We all have them. God is there to help us through those times. He ultimately will choose the best way to navigate us through. He desires that the situations and circumstances help us to learn, to grow, and to see Him in a new and different way. God desires that as we endure the situation we will develop patience, and little by little our way of thinking would change. God is in the character building business.
Don't be discouraged if you find that God hasn't swooped down to 'Fix' your problem. It doesn't mean that He is ignoring you and all that you are experiencing. His way is perfect the bible tells us. He has perfect timing and when He does come to deliver you, it will be a complete deliverance not a temporary patch up job.
Trust God and Trust His timing. If He gives you a 'Quick Fix', as you may want, you will sacrifice other valuable things and still find yourself in the same situation over and over again. There are many lessons to learn as you face your challenges, let God help you to grow and become strong and valuable in the kingdom of God! God wants you to process what He is trying to do in your life! He can't bless you in the way that you want without you understanding that what He allows is all for your good, and for a better you.