Genesis 26: 19- 22
Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
Isaac dug three wells. The first two, though rightly his, was disputed and taken from him. Discouragement, betrayal and frustration could have stopped him after those. He had every right to be angry and to sulk. But Isaac refused to be stuck in bitterness. He chose obedience and perseverance instead. He went to dig yet another well and this time, he got Rohoboth, a symbol of peace, provision and prosperity.
We might have been betrayed, cheated or robbed of what is rightly ours. Yet, bitterness and revenge are not in the will of God. His will is for us to forgive and persevere. Though the efforts might seem futile for a while, keep going on. God honors our efforts. He sees it all and He is faithful to lift us up at the right time. So, don’t give up yet. Do not let the frustration of today destroy the magnificence of what God has in store for your tomorrow. Rohoboth awaits.
We often cry out with a “why me?” “Why do I have to go through this pain?” “Why is it so hard for me while literally everyone else has an easy life?” “Why did I have to go through a trauma that I can’t even talk about?” “Why is it all going wrong for me?” “Why do people wrong me?” and so on…..
Today, I wanna assure you this: There is purpose in your pain. That pain that kept you up at nights could light up someone else’s darkness. You can be that light that tells them it is possible to come out of the dark tunnel. You can be that witness to the restoring work of God. You can be the testimony to the goodness and comforting touch of God.
Psalms 57: 2
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.
Your story could be someone else’s survival guide. Your pain is never wasted. Your story matters. Though seasons of pain are not pleasant, they are vital in God’s blueprint. They could be the windows of opportunities or the balm to hundreds of aching hearts. Our God is faithful and powerful to make it all work out for good. Continue reading “My pain is not wasted”
We read of a war in 1 Kings 22. A war from which the Lord prophesied that King Ahab will not come out alive. So, King Ahab, in his wickedness decides to deceive the enemy as to who is the king. He asks King Jehoshaphat to wear royal robes while he himself goes into war in a disguise. A standard move of treachery and an attempt to bypass the prophesy of God.
1 Kings 22: 29 – 30
So, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So, the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
As we read on, we find that Jehoshaphat almost gets killed in the war, but the Lord rescues him from the enemy. While, Ahab, though disguised, gets shot by a random bow and is dead by the evening. The prophesy of God is fulfilled without fail. Continue reading “No weapon formed against you”
One of the most profound moments of our Christian walk is the realization that God understands us, wholly and perfectly. It is at that moment that His love becomes a lot more personal to us. God understands us because He created us with all our quirks and uniqueness. He understands us, also because He literally lived on this earth, in a society, with a family and felt all the emotions and human needs. He is not someone who is so disconnected from us that He does not get what we walk through. Actually, He understands much more than we figure. He not only sees our thoughts, but the intention behind our thoughts as well.
In the scriptures, we find that Job vented his heart out before God. He rambled in pain. He poured out His anguish before God. The most beautiful part of Job’s story is the God who listened and did not get offended by Job’s words spoken in agony. We might not feel like God gets what we are going through, but today the assurance is this: He understands. In fact, He understands to a point that it hurts Him when we hurt. Picture someone who understands every bit of shame and struggle we go through. That someone is God. Continue reading “God understands”
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Such an awesome verse? Let’s read the whole passage. The entire passage is a big ‘if and then’ statement.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. “IF you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and IF you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, THEN your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Continue reading “A well-watered garden”