Dead end? Expect God to act
By Rick Warren
— May 29, 2010
"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes"
(Mark 9:23 NLT).
"God can even turn a crucifixion into resurrection, and that means he has the power to transform your dead ends into deliverance."
God will build your faith by planting a dream within you. But that dream will require a decision of faith, and then God will stretch your faith as you face delays, difficulties, and dead ends.
It is then that God comes in and delivers. God does a miracle. God provides a solution. For instance:
- In Moses' case, God parts the Red Sea.
- In Abraham's case, he and Sarah miraculously conceive a child.
- In Joseph's case, all of a sudden his dream comes true and he finds himself no longer imprisoned in a dungeon; instead, he is the second in command in Egypt.
And Jesus was resurrected! God can even turn a crucifixion into resurrection, and that means he has the power to transform your dead ends into deliverance. He builds your faith through delays, difficulties, and dead ends, so that when he delivers you—God gets all the credit!
When faced with a dead end, the best response is to expect God to act. What are you expecting God to do in your life? Jesus says, "According to your faith will it be done to you" (Matthew 9:29 NIV).
When you wait for deliverance, then God gets the credit. And you can look back to see how God led you through a path of faith, expanding and increasing your trust of him with every step. Your faith is stronger and now you can say with confidence: "I am expecting the Lord to rescue me again, so that once again I will see his goodness to me . . ." (Psalm 27:13 LB).