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Self- Awareness vs Living In Denial

When we receive a promise from God, it can seem like a stark contrast to our reality. Abraham was promised a child when he was well into his old age. David was anointed king too early and while the reigning king was still alive. The Israelites were promised an inheritance while they were slaves in another country. This is how God demonstrates His power – by turning an impossible situation around to good.

When we receive a promise from God in our own lives, we expect it to be beneficial to us. It does benefit us in the long run, but it isn’t necessarily comfortable or easy and it also involves a significant waiting period. Abraham had to wait several years for him to receive his promise, as did David and the Israelites. During this waiting period, God changes us in order to grow us and, through such situations, our faith is built.

Waiting can make us feel anxious, confused and fearful. We may begin to doubt the promise we received, or we may resign to our circumstances. Both are equally dangerous.

What do you do when you are doubtful?

Be honest with God. David was extremely honest about his feelings in the Psalms he wrote.

Sometimes we may not even know what we are feeling or have the words to describe what we are going through. During such times, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. What we can also do is ask God to reveal to us what we are going through as God knows us better than we know ourselves.

The word of God will help us gain self-awareness about our feelings, our situation, our priorities, desires and our motives. It also helps us to examine areas of growth. Our situation rarely changes. It is we who have to change our perspective about the situation, and we can only do so when we want to change ourselves.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Do not remain in a state of confusion too long. If we do, we may be tempted to believe a different interpretation of the situation through the eyes of the people around us or the devil.

The danger of denial

This does not mean we simply label bad things as good. The problem with such a thought is that we misunderstand our purpose. We think we need to “adjust” to our circumstances miss the purpose of that season.

When Sennacherib repeatedly threatened the Israelites, King Hezekiah did not deny what Sennacherib said; he examined it (2 kings 19:17-19).

The other extreme is we blame and complain about everything, and we expect the situation to go away. Such an attitude will not allow us to grow.

Our purpose is always to change and grow and God uses such situations to teach us things that we can learn only in such seasons. While we may not be able to fully understand everything, we should keep our minds open, always being hopeful and faithful.

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