Updated: May 14
Felt Faint – BUT GOD
Life can become intense at times. Sometimes I feel like skipping thru the tulips, while other times I feel like the weight of life is causing me to faint. This morning, I was feeling faint, But God reminded that fainting isn’t necessary for a child of God.
I’ve have been given the opportunity to physically faint. I believe that various experiences have been an opportunity for me to be an eyewitness of different aspects of life. Years ago (prior to salvation), I fainted in the company of a group of “friends”. What an odd experience it was to fade/faint while hearing folks calling my name. We were the club friends, always looking for free food at clubs/lounges with cheap drinks. They saw me pass out. I literally felt my body saying, “I am out”. Trying to reach a chair was in vain, it wasn’t anything they could do to help me. I thought if I could just reach the table or something, I would be able to gather myself. My friends and I planned to go out and, that fainting spell didn’t stop us.
That episode was because I was extremely sleep deprived, self-medicated and was drinking with my friends while preparing to go out to the club. My friends couldn’t help me. I learned so many valuable lessons. I considered them as good friends. I had various groups of friends, based upon our planned adventures. But God gave me another group of friends/community with one focus. First and foremost, I Praise God for saving me!
Fainting can also happen spiritually. There are many reasons to feel spiritually faint such as: -Children/family issues, Social issues, Health issues and Financial issues. No matter the issue – it can make you feel like, you’re going to faint.
There are times when I allow issues to stick and stay, which cause me to feel like I might spiritually faint. But God doesn’t leave us helpless our hopeless. This morning I was reminded what David said in Psalm 27:13(KJV) “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
When you feel faint, you must believe to see His Goodness (as David said). We must believe this is not our home, but while here I have a responsibility to trust Him. Believing is not a given, it’s work. Remember what John 6:29 says: “Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” The first work is to believe in Him whom He sent, as Believers we must continue to believe on Christ. We are to have faith in Him. We are to trust the written Word of God - to trust the Word of God made flesh.
But God has given us a community/friends, we’re not alone. As a Believer you don’t have to be alone unless you choose to be alone. God has given us friends who love Him and us. I don’t fault my old “friends” for not considering what we were doing and not caring for my “well-being”. Our focus was on temporal pleasure. We didn’t neglect getting together but our reason was to satisfy our flesh. But God knows that we need fellowship/relationships, He created us and given us The Word to follow. Hebrews 10:25 tells us how to stay encouraged: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
But God has given me friends who will remind me and encouraged me to hold on. They remind me that I must continue to run and I’m not the first one or only one who has a personalized race to run.
Hebrews 12:1 – Run with Perseverance
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
God imposes and allows burdens, to see what we will do with them. We may carry them to our undoing, or we may cast them on Him for His blessed countenance. “But God has given new friends that remind me and encourage me to cast the cares that causing me to faint on the Lord. What I learn, I then can teach (make disciples).
Christian community is a big deal. It's important for our happiness and growth. And it's not an optional part of the Christian life. When we are in close relationships with other believers, we have people to pray for us, support us, encourage us, exhort us, and serve alongside us. They remind us that there will be some suffering this side of heaven.
Feeling faint, don’t’ remain there! You must believe to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. We will go thru – if we intend to reign with Him, we will suffer as well. We don’t have to faint. We will one day reach “The Land of no more” (Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.)
Christians are not able to live this life alone. Please if you haven’t, connect with a Christian community. Know that there is no Friend like Jesus Christ, But God allows us to minister one to another and to evangelize others thru our Best Friend Jesus Christ.