I do not know your present circumstance or predicament. But whatever it is that you are going through today, I want you to touch your chest in an act of positive demonstrative prophecy; tap above your heart region - and confess aloud: "I know that GOD is with me!"
There's an unspeakable peace that emanates - even in the tough place - from that knowledge deep within that one that is aware that God is with him/her! The Psalmist says: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for THOU art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me" - (Psalms 23:4).
Life is full of unexpected twists, bends, meanders - and possibly rapids as on river-courses! For example, a couple in love got happily wedded. Then, got pregnant - and were expecting. A prenatal visit at the tail-end trimester of the pregnancy revealed that the baby would be born requesting extra support for the rest of his/her life.
How are they to handle that newsflash?
Life seems unfair. And that's true! Most of life is surrealistic - and could possibly be unfair. However, in all of the unfairness, GOD says "Be not afraid; I am with you. I will journey with you through it all! Count on Me: On my knowledge and expertise rests your peace!" You see, this is where God expects us to completely turn on the autopilot button of our lives; unto Him!
But many of us struggle to find that button in our cockpit, let alone possess the courage to flip it on.
This is that point where faith comes in.
Faith in God. A living faith which is the pillar upon which our lives stand, when indeed, no other pillar seems to be able to hold up and bear the weight. Faith to receive an infusion of divine strength on such rainy, downcast days overburdened with grey ominous clouds. Faith to believe against hope. Faith to look the devil in the eyeballs and tell him exactly what the promise of God is. Faith, the handle we hold on to, and the key which we put in the lock and turn in order to open the shut doors of life!
In other words, doors will shut in our faces irrespective of our racial or ethnic backgrounds. Huge, gigantic mountains will crop up on our ways of travel through life. But here's the beauty of life: The ever-presence of the eternal God Who promises to journey with us; the One Who says "I will never leave you nor forsake you!" This is the One who gives us the supernatural strength to circumnavigate life's struggles triumphantly. Whooo Hooo, and glory to God!
A middle-aged married Christian lady suddenly wanted a divorce from her husband. She just discovered that she didn't love the man anymore - and did not want to continue in the marriage. But the husband held on, fast, onto his vows to God and his wife. Over a period of time, she deliberately had extramarital affairs with different men; but the man still loved her. Debts mounted, piled up by her, but the man paid it all. Many a night into late-night hours, I counseled and prayed with them. One night, I finally pleaded with her for a psychiatric evaluation check-up on her mental state of being. Then, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder - and placed on medicines to help her cope.
The more the days went by, the more she was aggravated. She was just done as "D.O.N.E" could be spelled with her married husband. As all of these dramas went on, their four young children started showing signs of pain, damage, and deprivation. And this was an ugly season for all. Many years later on, she petitioned the divorce, and two years after her petitioning, the marriage finally died. The husband was crushed beyond belief. More, he became bitter against the God Whom he had lovingly served for over three decades. He felt his life was over. But I told him, "No, God is more faithful than you ever thought!"
With counseling arranged for him and the children, life seemed to carry on with a great deal of more normalcy. On the ex-wife's part, she now regrets her suing for the divorce, and wished she hadn't let go of her husband-of-youth!
Today, God has wiped away his misfortune: He had met a beautiful, much younger woman, and fallen in love. They are both married - and are actively serving the Lord. The new wife accepted the responsibilities of a stepmother entrusted to her by fate. They both have a gorgeous set of twins; yet have also become grandparents. Their joys are full of the expectations of fulfilled future. God has wiped away their sorrows.
This is the beauty of Father-God: He wipes away tears. Turns ashes into beauty, and turns captivities around, captive; giving gifts to humans!
God promises in His Word to make all things work together for the good of those that love Him - and are the called according to His purposes even when they had been the factors of the tumultuous upheavals in their lives| Romans 8:30-31.
I do not know of your rapids on life's navigation. I may never know of your past, current, and/or future! BUT I KNOW THE GOD WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS; WHO FORETELLS OF THE END FROM THE BEGINNING | Isaiah 48:3. I am assuring you by His promise, that ALL IS WELL. That through each of life's bends, meanders, and rapids GOD IS there, solidly with you!
This is His message sent through me toward you, today. I pray that you receive it in good faith!
Written by Dr. Sammy JOSEPH.
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