My previous flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connecting flight.
I remember the day vividly and it was not a good one.
As I wheeled my carryon behind me in New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, I recall feeling aggravated.
On tired feet, I walked briskly to find a payphone. I needed to call my husband Kenya and notify him that I would be arriving late.
At least four hours late.
The airline staff did their best to find the earliest flight out, but everything was booked. They gave me a food voucher, an apology and a smile, but there wasn’t much else they could do.
I had been away ministering. I greatly enjoyed the incredible time of worship and fellowship with the body of Believers at the host ministry. I felt privileged, as I do every time, to share the word God had imparted to me.
After fulfilling my assignment in that city, I was looking so forward to hugging Kenya and the Hobbs children, and resting in my own bed.
I didn’t plan on getting robbed and delayed in New York.
I was particularly disturbed about my phone being taken. It felt like such an invasion of privacy, you know?
Well, we got the service turned off so the thief couldn't use it and soon after, I received a brand new phone.
Still, having what was mine taken was disconcerting.
Have you ever been robbed? If so, you know how deeply troubling that can be.
I’m reminded of a story in Genesis 14.
During a fierce battle, Abram’s nephew Lot, who was living in Sodom at the time, was taken captive. His possessions were stolen away from him. Even the women and children in that region were taken hostage.
What a violation!
When an escapee came and told Abram what had happened to his relative, the Bible says Abram armed all 318 of his trained servants.
Together, they pursued and defeated King Kedorlaomer and his allies—the ones who had taken Lot and his possessions.
By the grace of God, Abram and his army recovered all the stolen goods, and also brought back Lot, as well as the women and children.
After that hard-fought battle, a man named Melchizedek, who was king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God, pronounced a blessing over Abram’s life.
He said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Abram came out of a battle and into a blessing. That robbery turned into a recovery.
God is able to do the same thing for you.
Satan, who is a thief, desires only to kill, steal and destroy. But the same God who equipped Abram to recover all from the enemy, is moving in your life.
Today, God wants you to know, you may have lost some things, but you will recover.
You’re stepping out of a battle into a blessing. You’re coming out of your hardest season and into your harvest season.
There is a blessing with your name on it.
After your trial comes your triumph. You’re coming out of this!
To remind you of this truth, I’[m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 ESV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, be encouraged. What the enemy has stolen will be restored to you again.
Now let’s pray.
God, I have endured some difficult seasons and sustained tough losses, but I thank You for the restoration, breakthrough and deliverance that is on its way to me. By faith, I receive all the great things You have in store for me and I thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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