When God was declaring His mercy over the sons of Jacob he said, “For I am the Lord, I change not”. (Malachi 3:6 KJV) That means God does not change, EVER.
Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes when I’m going “through” I don’t rely on or remember the times He brought me out in the past. It seems as though each time I go “through” it is harder than the previous time; therefore, I have no comparison. Do you know what consoles me? Remembering not my past history, but God’s.
At times my back is up against a wall and I have nowhere to turn; I have bills fighting me on one side and my job fighting on the other. In front of me I have trouble in my family, and behind me is a past that remains present. What do I do? I fall on my knees and remember the God who parted the Red Sea! The Children of Israel were surrounded with trouble. They were in the wilderness, yet trapped by an army behind them and a large sea in front of them. BUT GOD! He parted it, and they walked on dry land. There’s a prophetic message in the term “dry land.” When God parts the path for you to be delivered from the hand of your trouble, you shall not shed a tear or weep an eye for God will lead you out triumphantly on dry ground! (Read Exodus 14)
Sometimes it’s not all about having my back against the wall. Sometimes I’m fearful and afraid of the moves God has led me to pursue. I become afraid to branch out because I fear being lonely or failing. But I travel back to Genesis, when He spoke to Abraham (Abram) and said, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 KJV Your venturing out could be a set up for your step up.
What about when you find yourself in a hot place? You’ve somehow managed to make a few bad decisions along the way; you hung around the wrong people and they turned on you. These people betrayed you to the point that they began to mock your character and righteous life. When I’m feeling like I’m in a hell hole or consumed by fire, I’m reminded of the three Hebrew boys. They were sentenced to the fiery furnace for praising God. King Nebuchadnezzar despised them so much that he turned up the heat seven times its normal temperature. The heat was so high that it consumed those at the entrance. What helps me in my time of trouble, when the heat has been turned up, my stress level is on 90 and I have no allies in reach, is remembering the actions of the Hebrew boys. They continued to praise and affirm that God could save them. King Nebuchadnezzar tied them up and threw them in to the furnace. Not only did God save them, but He jumped into the heat with them. The Bible says King Nebuchadnezzar replied, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” Daniel 3:24 “I see four men LOOSE, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25) Your enemies can try to bind you up and throw you in the furnace, but it won’t work! Sometimes, God will get in your mess with you to deliver you.
Do you feel like you’ve lost it all? Did you know you serve a God who is a redeemer? I can’t define your definition of “going through” but you know where you’ve been, what you’ve lost and what has been taken from you. God is also a restorer! Not only does God restore, but He restores bountifully. Job lost it all. But AFTER it all, “The Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:11a KJV)
God can heal, raise the dead, provide food for those who are hungry, make those who are lame walk, and open up a barren womb to birth a nation. Sometimes we can’t remember the intensity we felt when God showed up at our show down, but we can trace all throughout His Word how He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 KJV
Sister, pray with me…
Your Word, from the beginning of time, has timeless reminders of how You take care of Your children. It is my prayer that I am encouraged to read my Bible more, so when I need to recall the testimonies in Your word to release power over my life I may remember the times you saved, rescued, delivered, and provided. Help my unbelief and the strength of my flesh that they come under Your submission. I want to live freely and boldly in your glorious will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to remember whose you are. You are God’s. If He did what He did before, He can do it again. For His word assures us, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19 KJV) “And we know that in all things God works out for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
When you are going “through” what memory, Bible story or scripture do you choose to lean on?
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.