It's early in the morning and some in my family are still sleeping long. I'm up because, well, I'm always up early. It has been a joy this morning. Quiet and peaceful. No stress to get things done or be anywhere in particular.
Life's been a bully lately hasn't it? I know that so many of you, just like me, have been "going through". The key word is "through". We're going somewhere. We have a destination. There's another side that we're going to reach victoriously, if we endure. I don't want to just endure. I want to endure well, don't you? I want to cross the Jordan and stand on the ground of my promised land and hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant". Thank God we're not going through it all alone!
I thank God, not for every time He's heard me, but for hearing me EVERY time.
"I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry". (Psalm 40:1) If you feel like you're sinking in the mud and the mire this morning, He hears you. He sees you. You don't have to sink one more inch, because His hand is reaching down to grab hold of yours and pull you out. He'll give you a solid, sure, and firm place to stand, and He'll put a new song in your mouth. Don't you get tired of singing the same old, sad song?
I am as sure as I can be this morning, that victory awaits. That's what I want to share with you. We're going through "light and momentary troubles". (2 Corinthians 4: 17) Here today, gone tomorrow, even if tomorrow seems afar off. Who knows? Your tomorrow could be today! Your turnaround could be today! One sweet day you will be one day, one hour, one minute, one second away from your breakthrough. Don't give up before your time comes!!
Satan wants to discourage you and dismay you so he can disarm you. You're on your way to a new level in Christ, and when you're about to reach new levels, you'll encounter new devils! Spiritual battles are intensifying because Satan knows that his time is short. (Revelation 12:12) If you're on the front lines for the Kingdom of God, he wants to get you right where your disabling point is. He knows your Achilles heel and he's a great shot! Forewarned is forearmed. And we know Who wins the battle of the ages, right?
We can win the battles in between now and then by persevering, being aware of the devil's schemes, and refusing to engage. Know that you are worth something, you're valuable, you're special, and you're important in the Kingdom of God. Your trials aren't because you're a bad person. The devil is a liar. You are a threat to the kingdom of darkness and he's got you in the cross hairs of his wicked bow.
Quiet time is over. I'm going to choose to look forward to a great day! I'm encouraged by the Word, uplifted by the Truth, and in love with the Lord's Christ. How could today not be a great day?