Changing directions in life doesn’t always have to cause defeat if we will remember that the Lord allows change to empower us to be fit for his use.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. …So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12-15,19).
Change brings challenges, but we must embrace change and continually be thankful even when our hope is bleak. On the surface we look at our circumstances and we feel powerless to defend ourselves against the ones who would try to destroy us. Sometimes we may wonder if God truly cares about us, or if we are going to continually struggle while others breeze through life, unhindered. There is a place of restoration in Jesus that the world may never experience.
When we get wrapped up in the cares of this life and forget that God is able to deliver us because he’s still on the throne just remember: “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:10-11).
It’s not that we don’t have the same desire or the will to reap the blessings of God and to watch others be blessed. We are committed and we still have a strong desire. However, we get caught up in the routines of our daily existence and we procrastinate allowing every other pressing task to take precedence over doing the will of God. We feel trapped by agendas and responsibilities. The Lord is calling us to set our house in order. When we learn how to call on God to give us wisdom and to allow every area of our life to revolve around God’s will, our families will thrive and be blessed. When we make decisions we’ll decide with confidence if we pray.
Yes, the world will still come in like a flood because there is sin in the world and we are God’s people. But we can know that we can have confidence in God that no matter what challenges we face, that God will never forsake us or leave us comfortless. “My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10). The enemy that tries to destroy may be the one who God will use to strengthen you. After you have overcome, then you will be stronger and more blessed than you ever thought possible. He is opening doors that you do not know of, and we must learn to trust in God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8:3-6).
In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that there are no limits to what God can do.