So many times, God will give us promises of what’s ahead. We’ll hear a word at church, or hear it straight from Him, or even while reading the Bible, and we’ll get SO excited! People run, jump, turn around 7 times ’til they’re dizzy & pass out…..over a word from God assuring them that sunny days are ahead. Then….it gets cloudy, and a storm (or 5) appears. You get fired, somebody dies, sickness is all over the place, etc. It’s like the antithesis of everything God promised comes right after those words hit our spirit. This is typically when people start to panic & lose hope, which is understandable. What you heard isn't matching up with what you see. However, it's in those moments that we have to constantly remind ourselves that His ways our higher than ours, & that His thoughts are beyond our thoughts. Therefore, He knew that you were going to lose your job when He told you this was your season of prosperity. He knew you'd have a rainy season when He told you that your best days are ahead of you. God wasn't being sarcastic. His promise didn't come with a pain free guarantee. So if He said it, you've got to trust that He knew 'this' was going to happen when He promised 'that' to you. He knows what you don't know. He knew low moments were ahead...and He still promised you greater (and dared that promise to come back to Him void).
My freshman year of college, I had a final exam the night before Mother’s Day. This upset me (I thought UT was DISRESPECTFUL lol), because I love my mom & I knew she wouldn't be happy if I drove home by myself that late (she also would've attacked me if I opened the front door at 1 am lol). I told my mom about my test, and because she’s such a mom, she understood. Then, I had an idea, I’d surprise her! It’d take some work, but there was a way for me to take my final, and make my mom happy. So, I told her that I wouldn’t be home on Mother’s Day because I wanted to just…breathe…and take in the fact that I’d just completed my first year of college at my dream school. She said ok, but I knew she wasn’t happy with that. She later told me that it would probably be the worst Mother’s Day of her life, because I wouldn’t be home, one of my brothers would be across the country, and my other brother would probably be with his wife (celebrating life w/ the mother of his kids and all of that beautiful stuff lol). Nothing’s inherently wrong with any of that, but it’d leave her all alone. My mom wasn’t looking forward to Mother’s Day at all that year….but I was. Why? I knew what she didn’t: I woke up early on Sunday, pack my entire dorm into my car, and head home to surprise my mom on her special day. That Sunday, one of my brothers went to church with my mom (shocker #1), and towards the end of service, who walks in the door? ME! lol (shocker #2) My mom literally cried when she saw me because what she thought would be a somber day was a pretty good day. Why am I telling you this lovely story? It’s not because Mother’s Day is Sunday, but it’s because I believe that God works like that all the time. The good news I had concerning my mom’s special day is like the amazing news that God has concerning our entire lives.
See, I knew that I was on 35, heading home to see my mom, and my brother knew that I was on 35 heading home to see my mom, but my mom didn't know anything. In that moment, we knew what she didn't. We knew that she wouldn’t be alone. We knew how it would all work out; and just like we knew what was in store for my mom, God knows what's in store for us. I believe that while we’re looking at the storm, and listening to the thunder in our lives on Monday, He knows the joy in store for Thursday. While we’ve already made our limited predictions that things won’t go well, He’s already fixed it for us, because at the very least, He’s got to keep His word and work it in our favor.
If you’re going to trust God’s word, actually trust God’s word. Trust His knowledge. We can't say that we serve an all knowing, majestic, all powerful God...and then panic because something happens that WE didn't expect. That’s why the Bible says trust God, & don’t lean on your own understanding, because those two options are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You can either trust your limited knowledge, or His complete knowledge, but you can’t successfully do both.
So on today, I want you be encouraged, and rest in the fact that He already knew. Regardless of what's popped up between you & His promise, He expected it when He spoke to you. Recognize that He knew the storm was coming, and He still promised you sunshine. He knew you'd run, and He still called you. He knew you'd mess up, and He still saved you. He knew something would come to distract, discourage, or divert you, and He still told you that if you reap if you don't faint. He already knew. Your problem may have surprised Him, but He’s expected it since (before) the day you were born, and He’s already set the countdown for your deliverance. You see the problem; He sees the problem, its purpose, and its escape route. So who's point of view will you plant your trust in? Yours? Or His?
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