GET A GRIP ON REALITY IN A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY By Dr. Segun ‘Tremendous’ Oshinaga
Many are accustomed to living on fantasy islands. They build castles in the air and their emotions suffer a devastating crash when reality beckons. False expectations impact negatively on our emotions when the chips are down. Emotionally mature people expect trouble and difficulties and are willing to work their way through them with God’s help.
The truth is that life is a series of ups and downs, good and bad, sweet and sour and those who survive learn to take each day at a time, trusting God to see them through.
“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” Psalms 46:2
There are times in our lives when the earth seems to literally move (when life is tough and circumstances are unbearable) and the mountains seem to be carried into the midst of the sea (we lose control of our affairs). The comfort is that we will trust the Lord through those tough times. We know that weeping will not last forever, that joy is coming on the way at the break of the day.
The Illusion Of Invincibility
Pentecostalism has been buffeted by emotional yoyos. The faith movement has been a tremendous boost and yet, it has been responsible for severe emotional instability in many believers. In the early 1980’s, many in the faith movement literally lived in some kind of spiritual bubble. A famous faith church in Lagos even rewrote the marriage solemnization creed, “For better, For Worse.”
Groom: I,____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
They changed it to:
Groom: I,____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for better, for richer for richer, in health and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
The idea was to banish negativity and not confess evil. But they ended up stretching the Scripture and losing their grip on reality. Despite our faith, life still happens and it is not always pleasant.
I came across a quote that blessed me tremendously:
Faith is not about everything turning out okay. Faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.’
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If we stay in the word and not some fuzzy pentecostal bubble, we will know that God can save us from the fire, in the fire or through the fire. Whichever He does is entirely up to Him; His plans, purposes and destiny for each of us. Whatever He does, our place and role should be worship and thanksgiving.
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