“Dianna, you have entered 2018 with nothing missing and nothing broken,” she noted. “God has restored everything!”
“Wow, you’re so right,” I replied, immediately thinking back to 2017—the most difficult year of my life to date. If my faith was based exclusively on my circumstances, there is no way I would have been able to believe God for the amazing season of wholeness and restoration I am currently in.
My disease-ravaged body was failing. I was on the losing end of a fierce battle it seemed. Sickness had robbed me of nearly everything, but God gave it all back and more.
What a mighty God we serve! He has all power in His hands.
If you are waiting and trusting God to turn your circumstances around, I know it’s not easy. You may feel like you’re in a 1 Samuel 30 season. I talked about this a couple of days ago on Facebook when the Lord led me to post about David. If you’re connected to me there, you may have read it.
In this passage, David’s enemies, the Philistines, had burned Ziklag, where he, his family, his soldiers, and all their families were staying. They had also taken the women and children hostage.
David and all the men with him were distraught.
But God allowed David to get it all back.
In my social media post, I pointed out that, one of the meanings of Ziklag, in Hebrew, is pressed down. I liken it to a place where Satan tries to oppress you, wear you out and keep you bound. But God, by His power, is snatching you out of bondage and freeing you from the grip of every stronghold that has you locked up.
For a season, I was pressed down, knocked down and held down by illness, and adversity. Perhaps something is weighing you down. Know this: you won’t be here forever. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
This will not destroy you. God has a plan to raise you up.
This trial does not have permission to destroy you. You’re coming out of this!
Right now, you may feel like the biblical writer of Lamentations, who lamented and mourned the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. He grieved the calamity of Judah, as God’s chosen people were exiled from their homeland and held captive by enemies.
You may be able to relate to his woeful words in verses 17-18, when he says, “Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. I cry out, ‘My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!’”
Have you ever felt like everything you hoped for from the Lord was lost? Has it ever seemed like He wasn’t listening and that He had forsaken you in your struggle?
I have been there.
Let me assure you; He has not. He yet loves you. He will bring you out. This trial does not have permission to destroy you. The Lord will not only preserve you in trouble, but He’ll deliver you out of it (Psalm 34:19).
If you don’t give up, you will have a testimony of God’s delivering power to share. You will know what total restoration feels like, where nothing is missing or broken in your life.
You will, one day soon, triumphantly speak the words of Lamentations 3:57-58, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration today. The writer says, “Yes, you came when I called; you told me, ‘Do not fear.’ Lord, you have come to my defense; you have redeemed my life.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that God is rushing to your defense. As God told Abram in Genesis 15:1, He tells you, "Do not be afraid …for I will protect you, and your reward will be great."
There is a great reward on the other side of the struggle. This trial will not destroy you. After this, breakthrough is surely coming. God’s mighty hand of deliverance is stretched in your direction. Don’t give up.
Now let’s pray.
God, even though I’m going through a hard time, I believe You are restoring me. I speak over my life that, when You are through, nothing will be missing or broken. Thank You that I’m coming out of this. I already have victory. 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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