I just want to encourage people that are waiting on God to come through on their behalf. This blog has always been about encouragement for those going through trials. Today, it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about God’s will for an individual or for mankind, remember that God is so powerful that nothing can stop his will.
Job, who waited a long time for God to come his way, had this assessment:
But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike, (Job 34:29)When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him. If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’(Job 9:11-12)
No one can stop the will of God whether its regarding a nation or a man; not one person, or thing, or event, not even money or lack of it, can stop the will of God. God is greater than any opposing force, influence, people, wish or circumstance that we find our selves in. It is our job to love him with all our heart. If we keep his favor he will work in our favor.
I hear people say all the time that because of this situation or that they are in a deep trial of affliction, because of their mom, or a spouse or a boss, their average looks, lack of charisma, they are hindered in God working for them. As if these people or things MEAN anything to God in terms of performing his will. I want to encourage you to not look at man (not even the man in the mirror). I want to encourage you to look away from the difficult and intricate complexities of your situation right now. Look at God. Psalms 19 say the heavens declare his glory and the sky shows his handiwork. Its says that these things speak day after day and night after night to the knowledge of God. God knows all things and sees all things. Psalms 94:9 says:
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
We can not even reach God’s understanding, nor can we understand his ways and why and how he makes things happen.
One thing is for sure, God’s plans don’t just involve me, but so often God is planting people in places and doing things that will work in our favor that we know nothing about. I want you to look away from the finite (what you can see, hear, feel or touch). Look to the invisible but the powerful. What is there that can hinder God?
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? (Job 11:7-10)
In my lifetime, I’ve seen God change people’s minds and they don’t know why they are changing them, but it’s been in my favor. God has moved on people to give when I didn’t have. He has given me things that I know I didn’t deserve, just to bless me, but more often to work his purpose –not only in my life but in the lives of othersalso. I’ve seen him take people in authority and make them of no consequence in church and in the secular world.
Also see Job 9:12
Often we look too much at what someone else can give us and not look toward THE provider of all things. We are worried about some promotion that some man won’t give; we are worried about our children; we are worried about growing old and alone; we get worried about money; we get worried about our relationships and being satisfied by them; we get worried about someone healing our ailments. When ultimately, all of this is in the hands of the Lord. God heals and He provides, what He does ask (something that we often forget) is that we honor him and obey his voice.
What does it mean to “have God’s favor”?
You don’t have to worry about God meeting your needs if you have God’s favor. God did not leave all of this evidence on record for us to forget about who he is. Favor mean God’s good will, acceptance of one’s person or sacrifice, honored by God. We cannot expect great blessings if we are not living a life pleasing to God. This is why David cried ” let the words of my mouth and the meditationof my heart be acceptable in thy sight”. (Psalms 19:14) I can’t bank on what people see about me in public to get me favor with God. I must focus on what God sees about me in private. How is my heart before God?
We who are followers of Jesus, are on a divine plan. God has plans for each of us and and plans for our talents– if we get on the divine plan. People are offered this plan, but everybody doesn’t stay on this plan. Yet, it’s this plan that gives us hope in the midst of despair.
The hope that all things work together for good;
every slow down,
every waiting period,
every unfulfilled desire,
disappointment–all of it–is part of God’s plan for me.
I get afraid of this sometimes in my humanity, but only because I know I won’t always understand the why. What will God require of my life? How much will this phase hurt? But the fear is pushed aside by the love. I know He loves me.
Isaiah 49:5And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes ofthe Lord and my God has been my strength.
When you know God, people can think they are hurting you, but they’re not. People can think they are handling you, but not really. People think they are fighting with you, but make sure they box with God and not you. How? Stay out of the way. Keep God’s favor and do his will in your personal walk. In my experience, it always comes out right.
Look at the patriarch Joseph. Sold into slavery through no fault of his own. God was with him in all that he did, even in slavery. Forgotten by his family, lied on, unjustly imprisoned, misunderstood but he possessed this great gift and ability from God that he never lost. I can imagine that Joseph was quite depressed sometimes about his circumstances. He probably didn’t see how and when he was going to emerge. Talk about a hopeless situation, but Joseph knew that he served the living God. Here he is, a young man, who from the age of 17 to 30, is in limbo and can’t see anything for his future but jail. Consider, life was cheap back then and killing a prisoner was nothing. He could have died at anytime. Yet, he had God’s wisdom and has a gift to interpret dreams and he’s still doing his thing in prison, unnoticed and forgotten. He even once relied on the butler to remember him. Amazingly, God didn’t let that happen. The butler forgot all about Joseph.
But one day, by and by, the Pharoah needed some help with this dream and no one else could help him, but God gave Joseph the answer. Through the process of events, as God often does, Joseph woke up that morning a prisoner, single and no future and by that evening he was sleeping on palace sheets, married to the King’s daughter, with authority and power. What an amazing God! What an amazing turn of events. Why? Because it doesn’t take God long to bless when the time is right. God not only delivered Joseph but God positioned Isreal to be preserved during the famine.
Oh yes, don’t be dismayed friend, my God knows what he is doing.
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