Isaiah 14:24 “The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”
Today we look at a verse that reminds us that when God says it . . . it will happen!
I again am reminded of just how easy it is for us to become distracted by the things in the world, and the things and situations that face us in life. We become so distracted that we tend to forget the things God has told us and promised us. Looking from the outside in, it can somewhat be a little funny because we can be so much like little children. God will tell us something so great and really encourage us and promise us something . . . but then the next day something happens and we completely forget what God said and go right back to worrying and being upset!
This is something God had to really get past my own hard head not too long ago. I might’ve mentioned it before but I can’t recall if I did here or if it was elsewhere. God has promised me and shown me many things . . . and as I was growing up He encouraged me and promised me so many different things. Doing that, He really helped me to grow and not fall away since I couldn’t get to church or even be around other Christians. (Which is why the Bible tells us how important it is that we attend church regularly and be in Christian fellowship—it’s far too easy to fall away without it!)
But the past two or three years or so years I had begun allowing certain people I cared about, family and friends and other Christians even, get me sidetracked. I began doubting the call of God on my life, and began to worry and seriously just plain get on a path God did not call me to walk! It wasn’t necessary sinful in itself, but it wasn’t the call He placed on MY life . . . which really messed me up. Then a few months ago, I had reached the point that I told God if I didn’t hear specifically from Him and Him alone, I was going to get up and go somewhere else and if need be, do my own thing. I planned on moving to another state, somewhere I knew friends who told me they would more than welcome me. (Even though God has called me here, to work for Him until HE says otherwise.)
After I was done complaining though and got quiet enough to listen, God calmly had to correct me like a child, and ask me, “Did you forget what I’ve said in the past, what we’ve talked about?” He caused me to remember, and to realize just how terribly distracted I had allowed myself to get. He reminded me, “Don’t let anyone distract you from Me and what I’ve said to you.” Indeed, I did allow the enemy to so very subtly get me off-track. I remind myself quite often too, not to get distracted again and not to forget the things God has said to me.
Today’s verse reminds us of that very thing. If God said it . . . That’s all we need to know. If God said to walk, that’s all we need to know. Let’s walk. If God said He was going to do this or that, then that’s all we need to know. Rest assured it WILL happen. Let’s prepare and expect to see it happen!
Now, that’s not to say that the Promises of God toward us require no action of our own. If God tells us something, and promises us that He will use us to do this or that thing, yet somewhere along the line we turn our backs on God and never repent for the rest of our lives . . . that promise may not come to pass. God promises us salvation and forgiveness, but that requires US to take that thing He promises us, and walk in it. So here we are again talking about moving, and doing for God and not just sitting in the recliner expecting God to hand everything to us on a silver platter. The promises that God spoke to me, and things He said I would do for him, if I walked away from Him or decided to walk another path doing my own thing, those things would not come to pass until I repented and submitted myself to HIS will and not my own (unless God decided to give me the grace and mercy to use those things to bring me to repentance as He sometimes does).
Yet as we walk with God, even fighting and struggling to stand or even crawl, we can rest assured that when God says it, it WILL happen. We know how real gravity is, right? If we throw something up, it will come back down. If we jump, we’ll fall back down. There’s no doubt about it that Gravity is in effect and is real here! No one can convince us otherwise, right? Well, God’s Word is more REAL and truthful than Gravity and all the things we see and know with our physical being! These things will all pass. The physical realm is temporary. Yet God’s Word is Eternal! (2 Corinthians 4:18) What God says . . . we can trust it is True even MORE than we can trust that gravity is really in effect!
This is why the devil works hard to distract us and cause us to forget the things of God and the things God has said to us and promised us either in His Word, or to our spirit directly. This is also why it’s a very good idea to write down these things God has told us. Then, not even right them down, but it’s good for us to remind ourselves every day if we know we tend to forget! I’ve said how important it is for us to read the Word and even speak the Word of God every day of our lives. The biggest reason for that is for our OWN good. If we never pick up a sword until the enemy is in our face, do you believe that you will be good enough at using that weapon to defeat the enemy? Not at all. We need to practice the Word of God every day whether we are struggling or enjoying times of peace. I’m reminded of an amazing verse that God showed me when I was a kid, Jeremiah 12:5 “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” And again, if you don’t speak the promises of God to yourself in times of peace, how can you expect it to flow when the enemy is breathing down your back?
In reminding yourself often of the promises of God, and the things God has told you, don’t let the enemy bring discouragement if you don’t SEE those things happening! Some things are ours now and if we don’t have them it’s because the enemy is robbing us (remember John 10:10) of them and we need to take it back from him. Some things, though, are for our future. I know a brother in Christ who is Impatiently waiting for the wife God has promised him. He often gets frustrated to the point of almost giving up in anger, because he doesn’t see it happening. In a time when the world has conditioned us into what can be called the “Fast Food” mentality, where we want it our way, and in 5 minutes or less, we often allow time by itself to frustrate us when it comes to the promises of God. When that happens, it’s doubting God and can very well even be calling God a liar! Does God lie? Not at all! So if He says something, He means it! “But WHEN God, WHEN??” . . . . In HIS Time. He most likely is trying to teach you something by making you wait. Most likely . . . He’s trying to teach you to trust Him (and Love Him) even when it seems like something He said isn’t happening.
God doesn’t lie. And what He says, He will do! It’s our job to trust Him and rebuke the enemy (which includes our own flesh and our own mind and thoughts that try to make us doubt or worry) when the enemy comes along and says, “Oh? Did God say? . . . Well where is it?” If you’ve had kids, did you ever tell your kids that you will do something, and if you didn’t do it in 10 seconds they ask you to do it, or to hurry, or start asking when? Yet you did it, after some time. It’s the same with God: we often want to see it immediately. Yet if God said it, it WILL happen. Let’s never, ever forget that truth.
I love you all so much and continue to pray for you. I again ask for your own fervent prayers for me and the rest of the Body of Christ. It’s important that we keep other brothers and sisters in our prayers. As we pray for others, God will see to it that someone will pray for us, and we do need prayer! May God continue to bless you, and may you never fail to see the multitude of blessings He gives you daily!
Love Always in Christ,
Psalm 149:1,6 “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. . . . Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;”