When we are in emotional distress and life seems to be weighing us down, it’s hard to see the good things that’s going on around us. It’s hard to get excited about the future when you can’t see past your right now. You can’t seem to get unstuck. You’re stuck in your pain. You’re stuck in your mind. You’ve become accustomed to putting on a facade to make everybody believe that you are okay, that you have it all figured out. The reality of it all is that you are not okay, you are stuck. I know exactly how that feels.
I’ve been reading Isaiah 43:18-21 for a few weeks. I mean I’ve been really reading this thing over and over trying to understand what it really means. I held God exactly to what his word said. ” Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing.” Ok God! Help me to forget. I don’t want to remember the pain anymore. I don’t want to remember my losses anymore. That’s what I thought. How silly! Right! I mean I prayed about it. I declared it out loud. I recited it over and over again in my mind; however, every day I would still feel the same. I was still reminded of my pain. I was still reminded of my losses. I became really frustrated with God. I was doing everything that I thought was right to do. That’s when God showed up to rescue me! Bless my heart. Inspite of myself, he still showed up to save me from my own destruction. He’s a good shepherd and he will never let his sheep go astray. Thank you God! He gently gave me clarity on what his word was really saying.
God informed me that he was not instructing me to forget about everything that I had been through. If he would just magically erase everything from my memory there would be no story, no testimony. Revelation 12:11 says that they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony. I had it bad! He did reveal to me that I will never forget but as I continue to heal I will begin to look at my pain, my heartbreak, my losses in a more positive light. Instead of viewing them as something that has happened to me, I will begin to see them as something that has happened for me. I will begin to see why it had to be this way once I recognize the new thing that he is doing in my life. WOW! God is Awesome! I would have never come to this conclusion on my own. Thank you again God!
Let us Pray:
Lord I pray that you will give us spiritual eyes to see the new things that you are doing in our lives. I pray that you will give us spiritual ears to hear your voice and a spiritual mind set to imagine your good works. Father God I pray that you will give us strength to continue on our individual journeys that you have set before us and give us courage to do your will. Give us courage Lord to walk in our purpose and courage to walk in faith to do the things that you have called us to do. Lord help us to bring the dreams, the goals, the visions that you have placed deep within our hearts to life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Goliath was a Philistine giant that bullied the Israelites every chance he got. He taunted and tormented them. See Goliath thought that because of his size that he was undefeated and that no one could take him down. He found pleasure in harassing the town of Israel and causing misery amongst the people. He didn’t realize that God was raising up a little shepherd boy that would not only take him down but also one day become King. David was not as big as Goliath. He may not have been as strong nor as smart as him either but the two things that David had that Goliath did not was courage and faith in God. David knew that the same God who had delivered him from the claws of a bear in the wilderness would also deliver him from the hands of this giant and give him the victory.
I often times look at grief as the Goliath in my life. I think it’s safe to say that I am not the only one. It can be a bully at times. It’s an unhappy feeling that leaves you feeling anguished and desolate. In other words it causes a lot of misery just like Goliath did to the Israelites. Just when you begin to feel a little better, you think YES!, I’m getting through this, that feeling of grief ( sadness, fear, despair ) tries to come right back with the attempt to steal your joy; but like David I’m reassured in those times because I know that the same God that was with me in the beginning of this journey is still with me now and he will see me through to Victory and he’ll do the same for you against the giants in your life!