A few years ago, I landed in Brooklyn, NY early one Saturday evening feeling queasy, shaky and pretty sure I would be sick. After collecting my suitcase from baggage claim, my eyes darted around the first floor of LaGuardia airport.
I was looking for the nearest restroom.
At the same time, I quickly read the written names on the signs that several different uniformed men and women drivers were holding up as I passed by to see if I could find my own. I had to meet up with my driver who would be taking me to my hotel.
But first, I needed to find a stall, fast!
“I feel awful,” I said to my husband Kenya to whom I was speaking on the phone, letting him know I had arrived safely.
“What’s the matter, babe?” he asked.
“I think I might be getting sick,” I replied, marching through crowds of people. “I hope not, because I have to speak tomorrow!”
I was pretty nervous about my symptoms, since the family of one of my colleagues had been battling a nasty case of the stomach flu. All that week, I tried to keep my distance to avoid being infected.
With the way I was feeling, however, I was pretty much certain that ugly virus had gotten me.
I could hardly concentrate as I rapidly walked, feeling my body trembling, weakening, and the negative signs pointing to the worst intensifying.
“You’re not sick honey. You’ll be fine,” Kenya assured me. “You are on divine assignment and God is not going to allow anything to stop you from completing it.”
He was so calm about it, even though I was pretty much a wreck.
Then he asked, “Did you remember to wear your sea-bands?”
“My sea-bands? Uh, I forgot,” I answered, slowing down.
Sea-bands are acupressure bands I wear around my wrists during travel to combat motion sickness and nausea. I first learned about them a few years back from my sister-in-law, Patrice, a breast cancer survivor. At the time, I was in her home state of North Carolina to minister at a worship conference. We stopped by Walmart to purchase them from the pharmacy before returning to her house for a visit.
I felt unsure about whether they would actually work, though.
It seemed odd and too good to be true that a drug-free product with no side effects could help my motion sickness. But when I wore them on the plane returning home, those elastic pieces of fabric with the plastic ball in the middle worked like a charm! I was even able to read during my flight—a travel activity that usually aggravates my motion sickness. So now, after that successful experience, I always commute to different cities wearing them.
Only, I forgot to put them on during my flight to Brooklyn.
Thankfully, not too long after Kenya's encouragement, the nausea left and my stomach settled. The next day, the Lord tremendously blessed the speaking engagement and all those in attendance. God strengthened me to carry out my mission.
Thinking back on my husband's commentary, I saw how he viewed my circumstances through the eyes of faith. That's why his reaction was totally different from mine. Unlike me, Kenya concentrated on God's sovereignty and the prevailing power of divine purpose.
Though my situation was minor in this case, there are major issues and challenges that you and I both will face in life. And we have to remember this lesson. When we are walking in purpose, although we may face both minor and major setbacks, subtle and severe difficulties, the Lord is with us.
And He is greatest of all.
For someone reading this, you really need that assurance today.
God is giving it to you through this post.
He will uphold you and empower you to overcome every struggle. God is with you, for you and working through you. So avoid stress and stop worrying, and start resting in God’s power to carry you through, no matter what kind of opposition you're facing.
No matter how forceful the opposition, it is no match for the power of God working in your life!
I feel led to share a biblical account found in 2 Kings 18-19 and 2 Chronicles 32 that I have shared before.
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, who had invaded Judah and took control of the cities, was after Jerusalem. Hezekiah, the righteous king of Judah, was under attack. The Israelites were fearful because Sennacherib’s reputation preceded him. This king and his army were mighty, and virtually unstoppable.
Nevertheless, Hezekiah told the people in 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 , “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”
I love those words: there is a greater power with us than with him.
That is true in your life, too!
Well, despite Hezekiah’s unwavering faith, Sennacherib was arrogant and believed he had greater power than God. So he sent his officers to Jerusalem, where these men spoke against Hezekiah and the Lord, for everyone to hear.
Hoping to strike fear in their hearts, in 2 Chronicles 32:14, they said this on behalf of Hezekiah's rival king: “Who of all the gods of these nations that my predecessors destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand?”
That level of pride and insolence was staggering, revealing just how full of himself Sennacherib was!
He must have been thinking that, he had been on a winning streak, so then, why would this time be any different?
He was about to find out.
When Hezekiah got one of Sennacherib's letters from his messenger containing all the threats, taunts and mocking insults toward God, the Bible says in 2 Kings 19:14, that Hezekiah spread it out before the Lord.
The notice may have been addressed to Hezekiah, but he knew the battle wasn't his. Instead of trying to work it out or figure it out, the king was wise enough to know he was in over his head. There was no way he could, on his own, defeat the mighty Assyrian army.
But God could.
And the Lord did.
God devastated Hezekiah's enemies.
The Lord sent an angel who annihilated all the fighting men, commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king, according to 2 Chronicles 32:21.
Sennacherib had to retreat to his own land in disgrace. Then, the Bible says Sennacherib was murdered by his own sons while worshiping the false god Nisrok in the temple.
His idol god was no match for the only true and living God.
This applies to you!
In life, you will deal with challenges, opposition, attacks and battles. But the God who has called, anointed, equipped and favored you is greater than any other. There is no one and nothing that can withstand His power.
So, come what may, you have the victory!
Right now, you might be going through something that feels overwhelming. It may appear that you will be overtaken and defeated by the enemy. But you won't. The Lord's purpose will prevail in your life. The assignment of the enemy will not prosper against you.
Isn't it encouraging to know that, despite how strong the opposition is, God, your strength, is stronger? That's why you have no need to worry.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Isaiah 8:10 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be encouraged by this truth: though you can expect trouble to come, you can also expect the victory to follow. Jehovah, your strength, has it all under control.
I don't care how great the issue, God is greater!
Now let's pray.
God the attack coming against me in strong, but You are stronger. Thank You for fighting for me and strengthening me through this test. I already know that, through You, I win! In the meantime, while I’m going through this battle, I declare by faith that I am victorious through You. 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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