I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but He hath not given me over unto death (Psalms 118:17-18 KJV).
A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from my employer stating that the program that I worked for would be ending because the grant was ending. I already knew this and I even have another job lined up but it’s still shocking to see it in writing. I started to wonder “what if” I didn’t have a job what would I do. God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a Son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23: 19 NIV). Why would I even have to wonder when God said it ain’t over? I thought about so many other difficult times that I have endured in my life and God rescued me. When there was nowhere to go and no one to turn to, He provided comfort. I thought of a time when I thought my marriage was over and I didn’t want to listen to anyone but God told me, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:16 NIV) See even when I thought I had the answers and I could solve the problem on my own God told me, “It ain’t over!” Times when I wanted to walk away from situations on my own God would have to stop me because I didn’t have the authority to decide when it was over. I was led to this scripture: (…God promised me that he would never leave me, nor forsake me (Hebrew 13:15 KJV). God had to speak to me and ask why would I doubt and even have to think about “what ifs” when He knows my beginning and my end.
During these trying times, I like to read Ezekiel 37: 1- 14. In this story, Ezekiel had a vision that he was in a field of dry bones and God spoke to him and told him to prophesy to the bones and speak life into them and he obeyed. God told Ezekiel that this was the same thing he needed to do to the people of Israel. Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’(NIV) Despite what Israel had done God still wanted to show them that He had the final say so. It doesn’t matter what you have been through or what you are going through remember “It ain’t over!”
Thank You for keeping me and protecting me in situations where I thought I had lost the battle. Thank You Lord for forgiving me and still blessing me when I doubted who You were to me. I thank You for being with me to the end. I thank You Lord for letting Your will be done in my life despite what I felt or thought. I thank You for having the final say so in my life and teaching me that it ain’t over until You say it’s over! In Jesus Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to know that it ain’t over, until God says it’s over! It doesn’t matter if you have been laid off or fired, if your spouse is not acting right or your kids are acting crazy. I want to EMPOWER you to look to the hills from whence cometh your help! Let God take control of your life and let Him lead and guide you. God will give you peace in the midst of your storm. It ain’t over!
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.