Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
In my lifetime, I’ve suffered because of my weaknesses, and I’ve experienced anguish in a multitude of adversities. I was seriously ill 2 times: the 1st time, I was heartbroken, in pain, and filled with grief; and the 2nd time, I felt humiliation and rejection, and I felt abandoned! I’ve been persecuted for my beliefs and I’ve been saved (by God’s grace) from impending death.
In church, years ago, a visiting minister was preaching. When he finished his sermon, he looked out into the audience and his eyes fell upon me. He asked me to stand up. When I stood up, he said to me, “God has made you strong for a reason, He has speared your life for His purpose, He is going to guide you in a most unusual way, and God is going to bless you, abundantly.”
A person, very close to me, who saw me walk through each one of the situations I mentioned above, once said to me, “If I was you, I would have already stuck my head in the sand.”
How to Avoid Discouragement
“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)
The strength God blessed me with, my prayer life, and the peace I had in knowing that no matter what circumstances I encountered, God is faithful, God is good, God will keep me, God will provide for me, and God will bless me. I looked past the circumstances to God who works all things for my good and His glory.
In Hopeless Situations
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
In seemingly hopeless situations where we can’t see any way out, and in those times when we come to the end of ourselves, where we know we can’t depend on our own abilities, on anything we have, or anyone we know, but instead are reminded that we are totally and completely reliant on God, His power has the opportunity to shine the greatest.
When Does God Display His Power?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
When God displays His power over our weaknesses, illnesses, and over the adversities in our lives, it magnifies His greatness before people. God displays His power when He alone gets the glory.
God’s grace and power strengthened my weaknesses, healed my illnesses, took away the rejection, pain, heartache and grief that I was experiencing, due to my illnesses. He guided me through my adversities and He replaced my anguish with peace, and He used my next door neighbor, to save me from impending death.
In closing, if you are reading this and you’ve been thinking about sticking your head in the sand, I want you to know that there’s a way through whatever you are facing. Reach out to God, He will strengthen you, and meet all of your needs. He’ll make a way where there seems to be no way, He’ll fight for you. God is always working on behalf of His Children, because He loves us beyond measure.
In ✝️ Christian Love, Susan Osten
Excerpts from the Devotional: “God Will Make a Way Where There Seems to Be No Way.” by Debbie McDaniel – crosswalk.com
Excerpts from “What Does it Mean that God’s Power is” Made Perfect in Our Weaknesses” by Kia Stephens