Almost exactly a year ago, (wow, just realized this) I wrote a blog post entitled “Waterproof”. It was about being uprooted from my norm and comfort zone and following my husband along the journey he always hoped for. I supported him from day one, but was reluctant to move until God revealed to me the confirmation to go. What I have remembered throughout this year is the confirmation that God gave me on the first Sunday at our new church. The sermon came from the exact scripture written in my blog post, “God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”(Genesis 12:1-3). The part I hold dear, is that God said He would “bless” me. That means, our needs would be met and all stumbling blocks will become stepping stones to God’s blessings, even if it doesn’t look like it.
About a month ago I started doubting. I awoke in despair thinking, “Lord, our funds are starting to get low, we have a baby on the way, and nothing in our near future is certain.” I went straight to my Word, knowing that God would speak to me, and that He did! I went to Deuteronomy Chapter 1 and there God showed me two things: 1) Not to give up and 2) what will happen if I do.
In this story, God told Moses to lead the Israelites to a land that He was giving them to possess (Kadesh Bernea). The interesting thing about this country was that it was not easy to get to, it was on the top of a hill (don’t miss that). God commanded them through Moses to go “up” and take possession of the land. God even reminded them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 1:21 NIV)
Have you ever had God tell you to take on a task and then the enemy enters in whether it’s through an innocent friend, a financial situation, or a health distraction? You then start to take matters into your own hands.
That’s just what the Israelites did. Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.” (Deuteronomy 1:22-25 NIV)
This is why it is so important to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) Once the Israelites decided to do this, God revealed to Moses that they doubted God’s promises. They sent out spies to “check it out” to make sure that the land was as good as God said it was because previously the people were doubting and shouting that God “tricked” them.
“But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.” (Deuteronomy 2:26-27 NIV) This is how the devil gets into your mind. He causes you to think the simplest distractions are denials.
God showed me that if I lose my faith, the following will happen:
Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors… (Deuteronomy 2:29-35 NIV)
I do not want to doubt when I know God said He will carry me through! I don’t want to miss what He has for me.
Thank You for giving me Your promise and when I began to doubt, thank You for speaking to me through Your Word, reminding me that You PROMISED in the beginning that this was Your will; therefore I will not lack for what I need and You will get the glory. I am thankful beyond words because You specifically gave me this word to encourage me to continue on the path You have given my family. I love You Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Girlfriend, I EMPOWER you to listen to God’s voice. If God told you “xyz” and it begins to look differently than what you imagined remember this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34 NIV)
Are you waiting on a breakthrough from God but feel like you are at your wit’s end? What tips do you use to remain encouraged? Share with us in the comment section below.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She and her husband serve as Co-Service leaders and Co-Group leaders of SustainedLove, which supports marriage get-a-ways from Family Life. Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic four-year old daughter. They attend Vaughn Forest Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.