So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
With all the devastation taking place around us, do you find yourself feeling extremely discouraged? Perhaps the external turmoil has made a way into your heart and it feels as though a war is now raging inside. Perhaps you or someone you love has experienced great loss and it is consuming your thoughts. Odds are you didn’t mean to lose focus but the magnitude of the issue high-jacked your sense of peace and challenged everything you’ve believed to be true.
One thing is certain; the enemy in all his craftiness is out to destroy your faith. His tactic is to magnify what’s seen with the naked eye to the point that your spiritual eye is in a state of paralysis. Unfortunately, we have our flesh working against us on a constant basis. It goes into deep mourning over the loss of physical comfort and perceived stability to the point that many times we start to doubt God’s love for us when we’re allowed to go through hardship. The enemy knows that if he is able to get us to take on the mindset of a victim then his work is done because once the mindset is adopted, it’s like trying to stay afloat amidst quicksand.
Nevertheless, the external circumstances that we experience in this life should never be used as a thermostat to gage the depth of God’s love for us. Outside forces have absolutely no bearing as to whether we should consider ourselves blessed or cursed. Even still, in the center of what seems to be utter chaos, dare to take God at His Word. Believe that He will work all things out for your good and know that if it doesn’t look good at the moment, it’s only because He’s not done transforming the ashes of your loss into beauty.
Lord, despite how things appear at the moment, I chose to believe wholehearted that Your Word is not just strokes of a pen on a paper but as I sprinkle it with a measure of faith, it will come to life, stand at attention and accomplish everything You’ve purposed.