1 Samuel 30:6
"'David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him.... But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God."
Pray, pray, pray. Give it up to God, and he will see fit when to deliver you from evil. But, sometimes God DOES expect us to act on will, not our emotions. That means you may have to pick up your boot straps and trek yonder even if you are grieving, hurting, or still reeling from an attack by the enemy.
Before he became king of Israel, David and his men were out patrolling one day. when some bandits attacked their city, burned down all the homes, stole their possessions, and kidnapped the women and children. When David and his men returned, they were devastated. But instead of just sitting around mourning over what he had lost, the Bible says that David "encouraged and strengthened himself to the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6). in other words, he got up on the inside. He said to his men, "Get your armor back on. We're going to attack the enemy." And they did just that. As David and his men persevered, God supernaturally helped them to recover everything that had been stolen. but I don't believe any of that would have happened if David had not first gotten up on the inside.
You may be sitting around waiting to change your circumstance. Of course when that happens, then you're going to be happy; then you're going to have a good attitude, then you're going to give God praise. But God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, he'll begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.
And, yes, this can be seen throughout various stages of our life. At one point my son cracked his front teeth during an accident. He was only eight and suffering from anxiety and panic attacks already. He was little, in pain, and unsure of how things would turn out. I remember praying and praying because no dentist would take him since he became emotional in the dental chair crying. One dentist told me, "He will scare my patients, you'll have to leave." Right then and there we packed up, roots still exposed, and went home with the same bottle of codeine.
It's hard to imagine, but it's true. Even his primary was afraid to give him a narcotic to relieve his anxiety and get him into a facility that could help him. This went on for several days, I followed protocol looking for various endodontists according to his insurance. I was kind, considerate, and frightened for my child. Nonetheless I prevailed. Then days were beginning to turn into a week and there my child lay with roots still exposed.
I prayed longer and harder getting no recourse. One day, I got up resolved to go out of the basic companies procedures, state insurance which is always great until SOMETHING HAPPENS, and began tapping into the head of the organization. I went past all the agents and asked to speak to the top. I was on a warpath and God was by my side. I explained my dilemma to a district manager and threw in I would be seeking justice if this wasn't amended today. This was patient cruelty at its best. Baffled he gave me his number and ID and said if you can find a doctor, even if he is not on our policy, we will pay for it as long as they are willing to accept our terms.
One day later, we found a pediatric specialist and he was sedated and in the chair getting two root canals on his front teeth. Mission accomplished. I was over whining and began winning.
When you face adversity, don't be a crybaby. Don't be a complainer. Don't wallow in self-pity. Find a way out!
Don't allow yourself to wave the white flag of surrender. You must get out of that defeated mentality and start thinking and believing positively. Find a tunnel, move stealthily, and keep going. You must show the enemy that you're more determined than he is. Shout allowed, "I'm going to stand in faith even if I have to stand my whole lifetime! I'm going to keep standing up on the inside, no matter how long it takes."
Don't allow yourself to wave the white flag of surrender. You must get out! Start feeling positive. Your attitude should be: I'm coming out of this thing! I may have been sick for a long time, but I know this sickness didn't come to stay. It came to pass. I may have struggled with this addiction for years, but I know my day of deliverance is coming. My children may not be doing right, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Got wants you to be a winner, not a whiner. There is no reason for you to be perpetually living "under the circumstances," always down, always discouraged. No matter how many times you get knocked down, darn it, get up! God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. Find that unseen tunnel, get moving! Get back your sanity!