Hold On!

Kite Beach at Presque Isle on Lake Erie in Erie, Pa

God never ceases to amaze me! While looking for a verse to use for my blog post I was going to write today, God led me to another verse which began to speak volumes to me. So, what I am about to share is not what I originally had in mind. My prayer is whomever needs to hear this will be blessed and encouraged.

Numbers 23:19 says:

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; HE HAS BLESSED AND I CAN NOT REVERSE IT.”

As I read this verse I began to think; My God, how many times do I pray and believe for a miracle only to give up when the answer or miracle is not performed within my time-table. How many times have I doubted God’s blessings for my own life because I didn’t think He cared about what I was going through because the trial was lasting so long. And yet this verse says; “Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

There are seasons in our lives we go through that are so difficult for us that it is sometimes too hard for us to stand on the promises of God. When the storm is the greatest, and the waves are crashing down, and you just don’t understand what on earth is going on, just remember that what God says He will do.

I know in my own life there have been times when I have prayed years for something and not seen the answer to my prayer manifest. Did God not hear me? Is He mad at Me? Am I not good enough even for God? If I am not careful, I can easily allow fear and doubt to rise up within me to the point that I begin to doubt what God has said in His Word. I begin to believe the lies that say He just doesn’t care about me. Maybe there is something wrong with me. So-and-so got their prayer answered and I am still waiting for God to answer my prayer. But Acts 10:34 says:

“God is no respecter of persons.”

What God has done for one, He will do for you. Every miracle in the Bible, every promise spoken in the Bible is for you and me today. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

God has not forgotten you. He will do whatever He says He will do. I know when the battle is raging, it is hard to believe and hold on to God’s promises. Don’t feel guilty if this is how you feel. Believe me, I have been here many times. We all battle this when the battle is raging against us. Tenth Avenue North wrote a song named “Worn” that I want to share with you. I am only going to share different parts of the song, but you will get the idea:

I’m tired, I’m worn. My heart is heavy from the work it takes to keep on breathing. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve let my hope fail. My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world. I know I need to lift my eyes up, but I’m too weak, life just won’t let up. I’m worn and my prayers are wearing thin. I’m worn even before the day begins. I’m worn, I’ve lost my will to fight. I’m worn so heaven come and flood my eyes.

I know that every one of us have been in this kind of mental despair at some point in our lives. It’s lonely and dark in this pit of despair. However, it is in the darkest moments of our lives that we have to remember the promises of God. There are times when we may have nothing left to do BUT to stand on God’s promises.

King David felt this way many times throughout his life. Psalm 56:8 in the Amplified Bible says that “You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not recorded in Your book?”

God sees every tear that falls and He cares for us so much that He keeps each one of our tears. God is intimately involved in every area of our lives.

We must begin to believe what God has spoken. Romans 8:28 says:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

We must believe that God has good things in store for us. He wants to bless us more than we want blessed. Just as we love to give good gifts to our children and grandchildren, God wants to bless us with His good gifts. The last part of our verse in Numbers 23 says that, “He has blessed, and I can not reverse it.” Praise God! You can not stop God’s blessings from coming to you! When your prayer is finally answered, (and the answer may not come the way you thought or were hoping), the blessings begin to flow, and you will have no room to contain them. Nothing can stop your blessings from coming. Just hold on and don’t give up because your blessings are on their way!

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