As I’m sitting here correlating my thoughts to write this post I go over some of my devotion notes from this week and again, I realize how mighty God truly is. How can all of my notes and readings from different days, different places, and my Pastor all be aligned for the message God is sending me?! His word and promises never fail and can never be changed by anyone other than Him. His covenant promises to us, just like those he made to Noah, won’t ever be forgotten. In the book of Genesis we read about Noah and his family, the ark Noah had to build, and the flood that wiped away all of the earth. But afterwards, after the storm, God came to Noah and gave him reassurance, hope, his covenant promise, and a rainbow to seal his promises. God told Noah He would never again destroy the earth.
“He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,” – Psalm 105:8
In our storms in life its difficult for us to see the sun shining or the rainbows at the end of the clouds. We may be forgetful to God’s promises for our life but He never forgets. God never forgets us or his covenant promise to us. The wait, the storm, it may be the worst that’s ever come to date, but holding steadfast to the promises that God has for us provides us with strength to make it through the storms. God’s word is our ever living reassurance that he hasn’t forgotten us and He hasn’t forgotten his promises to us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Hold on for life. Hold on for hope. Hold on for grace.
Don’t undervalue our Lord. Don’t undervalue your purpose. Like Jacob in Genesis 25, grab on to the heel of Jesus and hang on for life. So many times we let go too soon. We let go right before our miracle happens, we stop praying right before our blessings come pouring down and we give up hope right before God’s purpose sensationally beautifies our lives.
The divorce rate is over 50% in the U.S and much of the reasons are people who gave up too soon, quit praying right before the breakthrough or undervalued the thing they had. Many children are never born into the world because hope was lost, gave up the fight too soon and didn’t see the purpose of the present they had been given. Many small businesses don’t make it long term because people throw in the towel too soon or give up fighting and praying. Battling infertility makes me feel undervalued, forgotten and shunned from God’s covenant promises. The difficulty in looking into this dark and gloomy storm with hopeful eyes and a heart fueled by God’s promises is all around me every day. I have to stay focused on slowing down, keeping my focus on Him, following His purpose and listening to the signs/words/actions of God.
It would be much easier for me to give up, throw in the towel and leave it all on the side. But the Lord continues to reassure me that he his covenant promise for my marriage, my future children, my finances, my business, my life, are all in his hands. I need not worry about the plan, I just have to hold on, hold on to the heel of Jesus with unwavering faith and let God do his work. My life, our life, our journey is a living testament to God’s power and grace. I’m humbled every time I think of His magnificent presence in our life and how through every test and storm He has been there. Always remembering, during all tests the teacher is always silent.
Don’t let your present tensions make you give up on your future testimony. What Jesus has done for you to save you and sanctify you is worth showing to everyone every day.
Even when it’s hardest and the storm is the strongest, we must remember God’s covenant promises for our life and always look for the rainbows he sends to affirm his promise. Just because we may not understand what is going on and why it’s going on we must not give up or let go. Just hold on.
Never let go. Your sacrifice is a blessing and your future will be greater than your past. With God all things are possible. He makes the impossible possible.