When the storms of adversity come blowing through our lives threatening to upend everything, we need to remember that God’s promises to us are life lines of hope, so not only should we know the promises of God, we should take hold of them when we need them. We were never meant to bear this burden alone. When we stand on these promises, we can overcome diverse circumstances. No matter what is going on in your life and no matter what your circumstances are, God is with us through it all! He may not answer in the time frame you want, or even answer in the way you want, but you must remember, His ways our not our ways.
We cannot fathom the ways of God, even though we can know some things of God, but “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 58:9), so we might think we know God’s ways and chose a certain way, but later we find out (usually the hard way) that God’s ways are “much higher” than our “ways and [His] thoughts” much higher “than [our] thoughts.” Examine your way and then read about God’s ways and you’ll see what I mean.
We are not delivered from adversity, we are delivered in adversity.
As Oswald Chambers puts it,
The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling…”(Psalm 91:1,10)
God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome.
I felt powerless when someone asked me why do bad things happen if God is in control? God doesn’t make any bad thing happen and since He is sovereign, He is always in control. Just like with Job, it was the devil who did all those things to Job, and Job never blamed God. God always brings something good out of every bad thing that happens. We may not understand this side of eternity, but this is not our final home, when we die, it’s not “program over”, we have an eternal home with Jesus, and Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. Jesus loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1).
Seek to be a man or woman “after God’s own heart,” devoting yourself to the pursuit of intimacy with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to birth in you a deep hunger and longing for more of Jesus. Ask Him to place in your heart a burning desire to know God in a greater way than ever before. Seek Him with all of your heart and soul, and you will find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Christ’s presence in us is the hope of glory, and this truth is full of “glorious riches.” Our once dead, darkened spirits are made alive. Christ is in our hearts, and we know that there is life beyond this earthly existence—a life that will be glorious beyond all imagination.
It’s like Billy Graham always said, “this world is not my home, I am just passing through”
As you pray for them to hear about Jesus Christ, be willing to tell them yourself. In fact, ask God for the open door to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them and others. You might be the “someone” that others are praying for to tell their friend or family member about Christ. Be faithful to ask God to use you to share Jesus with others.
We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil that are actually the result of our own undisciplined natures. Just think what we could be when we are awakened to the truth! We can be an amazing part of God’s plan when we let Him use us, giving us the privilege to serve Him in this way.
Lord, we ask that you would halt the plans of the enemy over these we love as we bring them before you right now. We pray that his schemes be demolished and that your plans for good, for a future and hope, would prevail. Would you open blind eyes that they might see your Truth. Would you rescue those walking in darkness and heal the deep wounds of those who’ve been hurt. We pray for the miraculous intervention of your Spirit to draw them to yourself, to work strong on behalf of our loved ones who are lost and wandering. For you came with good news, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release for the prisoners. Though we deserved penalty for our wrong, you stood in our place and took the blows on our behalf. You choose to die, so that we can live. Forever and free.
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
When we allow God to implement His Word in our lives others will draw encouragement from us and the more we grow in God’s righteousness, the stronger we become. We can only be a blessing to others when we follow God’s word and implement into our lives. Simply knowing about the truths of God does not mean that they have become a part of our life. It’s only when we meditate on His Word day and night, we will be satisfied.