There are certain times in life when you reach an impasse. You cannot see any way forward or backwards. You've exhausted every available option and there is just nothing that you can do. This is the time when it's the most important to have faith.

When you're dead end is caused by someone else

You're riding down the road of life. Everything is going fine until you encounter a bump in the road. The strong person sees this bump as just that, a bump. No big deal. There are going to be bumps in the road and sometimes you can prepare for it and sometimes you can't.  Then, a point comes in life when you encounter a bump, which you cannot maneuver your way around. These bumps are usually caused by other careless people.

There are great examples of these situations in the Bible. The story of Daniel in the lion's den is a perfect example. Here is a man who had done nothing wrong, yet a few envious people decided to pass an unjust law that would force Daniel to deny his faith. In response, Daniel practiced civil disobedience and decided to practice his faith anyway. As a result, he was tossed into the lions den. However, because Daniel had faith and character, God closed the mouths of the fearsome lions and Daniel emerged unscathed. His accusers didn't fair so well. They were thrown into the lion's den in his place and the lions did not show them the same kindness.

The same could be said for Daniel's friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In the same time and region, these three innocent men were charged with an unjust crime. When they also practiced civil disobedience and worshiped their God anyway, they were thrown into a fiery furnace that was heated 7 times hotter than usual and they survived. In fact, their captors received the same fate as Daniel's captors and were thrown into the furnace in their stead. 

There are many more stories that could be mentioned, but the point is that in all of these stories the same thing happened. An innocent person was accused of a breaking a law that was unjust to begin with. That person practiced civil disobedience and defied the law out of moral conviction, which caused them to be threatened with a dire consequence. Ultimately, the innocent person was saved by God and the accusers suffered the fate that they tried to impose on the innocent person. The moral of this story is don't worry. If you've reached an impasse caused by the unfair treatment of someone else, then God will take care of you. Just keep on doing what you're doing and don't feel guilty about the situation. You didn't cause it, therefore you are not responsible for it. 

When it takes a turn for the worse

Now some people may look at the previous examples and think, "That's great, but I lost everything and no one saved me." This is unfortunate, but it happens. There are several times in the news when someone has cried out for help and help doesn't come. This is still not the time to abandon your faith. Everything that is happening is happening for you. So that means if you were supposed to continue on your current road, you would have been allowed to. If not, then either God has got something better for you (Moses after he killed the Egyptian) or you have reached the end of your journey (Paul/Saul of Tarsus). In either case, whatever happens is meant to be. Enjoy the time that you have left and don't sweat it

Forgiveness is essential

The last step in dealing with an impasse is to forgive the other person who caused it. Picture the urgency of the situation that you are going through. Now picture how the person who put you in that situation must feel. More than likely they did this to you so that you can feel the way that they feel all the time and/or receive what you have. Imagine the constant state of unhappiness they must live in. Your situation may be temporary but theirs is eternal. When you look at it like that, it's really not hard to forgive them.

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