Sometimes we struggle to walk the path that has been set before us. And though we are confident this is the right path, we find ourselves making little progress.(ugh!) This leaves us feeling doubtful and confused. After all, being on the right path should not be fraught with such experiences, right? Taking our frustrations to God, we earnestly seek God’s wisdom and guidance by faithfully searching His Word, but the verse that would give us the affirmation and/or direction we need continues to elude us.
When this happens, what should we do?
I would suggest that we examine the thoughts that are producing the doubt and confusion. And ask ourselves the following question from Chapter Five of my book, Fiery Darts: Satan’s Weapon of Choice.
Does it produce confusion, fear, doubt, anger, inferiority, indecisiveness, jealously, or selfishness, for example? (FD p. 33)
It’s crazy, I know, but there are times when in spite of our best efforts we seem to be mired down in the mud of our own negative thinking (you know, fiery darts) and progress just doesn’t happen for us. Therefore, once we examine the thoughts, then we:
Apply the 3 R’s of fighting fiery darts (published 02/17/2014)
So, join me in an exercise of replacement!
God isn’t listening to me.
You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psalm 10:17
I can’t figure this thing out.
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. Prov. 3:5-6 (p. 42 FD)
I’m not smart enough to know what to do.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (p. 42 FD)
I can’t manage this.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
It’s just too confusing!
. . .for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, I Corinthians 13:33
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Fill up your mind with the Truth-thoughts from verses such as the ones listed above. (your own search will produce the verses that apply to your particular fiery darts) This powerful exercise will prevent the fiery darts from overwhelming you and sending you into despair when the answers are slow in coming. And I have found that Lamentations 3:22-23, is just what’s needed in times such as these.
Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!