It's not easy for me to write this. Yesterday, we saw the amazing miracles of God happening in our lives. We made a decision to take down the icons that we have allowed to sprout and grow into our lives. They were not intentional, but they were small moments of relaxation that started to become things that we held onto too tight.
God stretched us and pulled at us to mold our lives closer to his desire. Knowing that he loves us was not enough. We had to be pruned by pain and agony into a darkness where God's light of truth was the only thing left. His truth about who we are, where we are and what we do had to be pounded into my head as the leader of the family. When you have nothing left, it is much easier to find God because there is no one else left to fix your problems.
Today is part three of a multiple link chain of issues we are facing. The thing that hurts the most about today's issue is that it directly involves my child. The pain is one that I can not take on for myself. There is nothing I can do to make this go away so again, God, I am at the foot of the cross.
I am glorifying you for what you have already done for me while at the same time, I am looking for your hand to protect my child.
You have assured me that you are here. You have given me the promise that no matter what occurs, you are in control. Everything that you allow to touch my life is meant as a building block to make me the best I can be through your will (Romans 8:28). When I fight that process, I only create delays along the way.
Since I started writing this blog entry... things have already moved toward my blessing. God has already put his loving arms around my child, wrapped her in His grace, and given me & Crystal the peace that surpasses all understanding.
We asked a few prayer warriors to come alongside of us during this time. They were with us in spirit during the frightening moment and now they are able to rejoice with us and praise the God of Heaven for taking care of our little one. Thank you warriors for Christ! Thank you Jesus for loving my child so much and loving me despite my failures.
The devotional from the InTouch ministries was in God's timing because it speaks to our situation today. The last three days have been a demonstration that nothing is too hard for God. I love how Jesus makes the word so applicable in daily living.
My Assurance: God Is in Control
Read | Jeremiah 32:17
During one of the most trying seasons of my life, I would sit by the fire with a dear friend and pour out my heart. Since this man was a good listener, he could sense when I felt discouraged, and he would remind me that God is in control. This truth became an anchor in my life; no matter how much the adversity intensified, I took comfort in knowing that my heavenly Father is sovereign.
The Lord has absolute rule, control, and authority over the universe and everything in it. Scripture states that there is “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6).
Consider the assurances that this truth provides for believers. First, if God created everything and has complete power over all, then nothing can happen apart from His direction and permission. Second, we know from the Bible that He is intimately involved in our personal lives and cares about the details of each day. Third, Romans 8:28 guarantees that He makes something beautiful for His children from every circumstance—even situations that seem painful and wrong. If our loving Father protects us in this way, we can experience peace in the present and confidence about the future.
In painful times, how do you view God? Especially during hardships and heartbreak, it’s important to remember that He is in control. Focusing on His sovereignty will give you the confidence to carry on. Reread today’s passage, paying particular attention to the power, love, and ability of your heavenly Father. - Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries