There is a blessing in everything. Behind every moment of adversity in your life there is a blessing and a lesson. Every moment of adversity has these two things. Pain always leaves a gift. Sometimes the breakup is the blessing. See sometimes, someone may have to leave your life in order for God to give you the person you really need. You just have to hang in there as God might have something better for you. Don't worry about the people God has removed from your life. He saw things you didn't see and He heard conversations you couldn't hear, and He made moves you wouldn't make. What do you do when what God gave you to ride in starts coming apart? Do you give up hope? Do you walk away? I don't want you to define success or to ask God to preserve the temporary....See, God promised to get you there, but He didn't say how! And if you are not careful, you will put all your energy and all your work into preserving something that God only gave you for a season. God brings some people into your life to get you from point A to point B. The thing you were counting on to get you to the other side. Like, the job you thought you would retire with, or the house you thought you would have for the rest of your life, and the storm got it! How many of you have lost some stuff in the storm, lost some people in the storm and it made you feel like a failure? It was a temporary blessing! If it was meant to stay, you would still have it, it couldn't leave!! You are in love with what you had and you think that if your life does not retain the shape that it started with, you don't think that it can get you to where your going...
I have learned that every blessing doesn't come to stay. Every friend is not going to be a lifelong friend. If they walk away, don't stand there and cry over what was, because if you had needed them for the future, they would have stayed! God puts people in your life for a reason and others are there for a season! It's important to recognise the difference.
I would have pulled Joseph out. Out of that pit. Out of that prison. Out of that pain. I would have cheated nations out of the one God would use to deliver them from famine.
I would have pulled David out. Out of Saul’s spear-throwing presence. Out of the caves he hid away in. Out of the pain of rejection. I would have cheated Israel out of a God-hearted king.
I would have pulled Esther out. Out of being snatched from her only family. Out of being placed in a position she never asked for. Out of the path of a vicious, power-hungry foe. I would have cheated a people out of the woman God would use to save their very lives.
I would have pulled Jesus off. Off of the cross. Off of the road that led to suffering and pain. Off of the path that would mean nakedness and beatings, nails and thorns. I would have cheated the entire world out of a Saviour. Out of salvation. Out of an eternity filled with no more suffering and no more pain.
And Oh friend. I want to pull you out. I want to change your path. I want to stop your pain. But right now I know I would be wrong. I would be out of line. I would be cheating you and cheating the world out of so much good. Because God knows. He knows the good this pain will produce. He knows the beauty this hardship will grow. He’s watching over you and keeping you even in the midst of this. He’s promising you that you can trust Him. Even when it all feels like more than you can bear.
So instead of trying to pull you out, I’m lifting you up. I’m kneeling before the Father and I’m asking Him to give you strength. To give you hope. I’m asking Him to protect you and to move you when the time is right. I'm asking Him to help you stay prayerful and discerning. I'm asking Him how I can best love you, and be a help to you. I’m believing He’s going to use your life in powerful and beautiful ways. Ways that will leave your heart grateful and humbly thankful for this road you’ve been on. In Jesus Name.
When my children were small and were playing together---at least in those moments when they were getting along--- the cacophony brought laughter to my heart. It was indeed a joyful noise! In fact, I worried most when it was quiet. That surely meant trouble was afoot. Like when my youngest daughter (then aged four) used her Daddy's beard trimmer to cut her brother's (age two) hair, it was indeed very quiet---at least until I discovered what had happened!😮
God loves our joyful noise! He loves it when we sing and clap our hands. Of course the times of quiet are good for our souls, but so are the times when rejoicing bubbles to the top of our spirits and we can't help but declare the goodness of God and the attributes of His character.
Sure, we can sing along with the worship leader on Sunday morning or with the CD in the car stereo. But when the song of praise reaches into our souls and lifts us to the Rock that is higher, we can enter into fellowship with God. We worship not just with our mouths, but with our whole beings. The joyful noise coming from the hearts of His people is evidence of our gratefulness for all He has done for us. Don't stay quiet. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.
(1 Chronicles 16:23-25)
My Lord and King, I awaken to your knock upon my heart and I reply with full abandon. I open the gates of my soul to your Holy presence. Dwell within me and never leave.
How I thank you Lord for the cross. For the love that held you there, so that I could be free. As I kneel before your Holy presence, I'm reminded of the suffering you endured all because you love me.
The beauty of the cross has awakened me to life. You've torn down the walls of separation and restored love's connection. You've brought me near. Love flowed freely that day, so many years ago on Calvary. The sacrifice of love became eternity's most powerful victory.
Beautiful Saviour, words fail me, as I imagine the torture you endured. The precious blood that spilled upon the shackles of the soon-to-be redeemed became Yahweh's most precious gift. Though the cross held one Man---heaven and earth's Sovereign King---there was room enough for all humankind. A most horrid scene became the beauty of ages.
Help me to never forget the unfathomable price of love. I am the joy that was set before you. You did it for me. Thank you.
Everlasting means "never coming to an end; lasting forever; eternal." What kind of love could be described in such a way? Only the love God has poured out upon those who believe in Him.
Recently, I was blessed to be given a glimpse of the Lord's love for one of my sisters in Christ. Jesus showed me what He saw when he looked at her and how He felt about her. I was looking through His eyes and feeling the love in His heart. It was unbelievable. It was like she was the only person on the earth that He could see. Yet, He is an eternal, infinite God with an infinite amount of love to pour out upon us all. However, when you look from His perspective He is only looking at you and pouring out His everlasting love on you and you alone. He can see us and love us all individually and yet simultaneously with an everlasting love that the human heart yearns to know. We can only stand in awe.
It is difficult to imagine a love that will never end. Human beings are certainly capable of great love, but the wonder of a love that will never end is beyond our comprehension. God loves you so much, He knew you in your mother's womb-- He knows everything about you from your thoughts to the desires of your heart. He is interested in everything in your life. He knows your past, and He has forgiven you.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".
(John 15:13). The Lord is always willing to give us more and more, and the well of His love will never run dry! Praise Him for His everlasting love!
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)