1 Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
About 44 years ago I lost my eyesight. Totally blind and unable to see my own hand right before my eyes. I remembered how certain I felt knowing that this would not be my permanent state of being. I’m not sure what made me feel so certain about my situation, but I did know that I had a praying family. A family who believed in God no matter what the circumstance. Totally blind and fourteen years of age, I could not comprehend with my own mind the power of a praying family, but I knew my family and my community were in constant prayer. Even in the midst of my darkness, I was surrounded with love. I wasn’t able to see their faces, but I knew their voices. The darkness surrounding me was not greater than the power of love. I remember hearing my Dad’s voice reminding me that I would be alright. I stood firmly on the strength of his words regardless of the outcome because I had the love of my family. I received my eyesight gradually, stunning doctors and family alike. It just wasn’t suppose to happen. The medicine world did all they could, but they did not know the the power of God. Behind the scene, God was working on my behalf. The darkness lasted a while which meant that many had given up hope. When the darkness was lifted, I was able to see three colors immediately because they were the colors of the blinds in my room. The colors were orange, yellow and green. You see, God could have allowed me to see just images of black and white or shadows after being in a state of darkness for a long time, but no God wanted us to see His healing power. I woke up seeing colors! His signature was on the wall of my room, a miracle had occurred. I was blind, but now I see. Glory to God!! This story was a part of my past, but God is still God in my future.
My family is going through a difficult time and I have been thinking a lot about the time in my life when I lost my eyesight. It seem so hopeless and beyond man’s control to heal, but GOD had the final answer. God is our hope no matter how dark the day.
Trusting God is not easy, but it is necessary. We can trust God when we receive blessings like a new home, a new vehicle, a job promotion, but are we willing to trust God in the suffering? Are we willing to suffer for God when He is at work to redeem, heal and restore a love one who has gone astray or to heal the brokenness in our own soul. The place in our heart that cannot be masked from God. The ugly truth behind our words and deeds. All the things in our life which no longer bring glory to God. God is looking for brokenness. Psalm 51:6 says, Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me know wisdom. God is interested in our transformation all the way to the inward parts. The inward parts that only He is able to reach.
Trusting God in the suffering is my truth today. The last three months has been the hardest for our family. There are days I simply look up and say “Lord Have Mercy on my family” and His grace is indeed sufficient. For every tear that has fallen, God is giving me strength to endure. Am I ready to trust God amidst this terrible time filled with pain and uncertainty, demanding my attention and yet I have no answers? It is beyond my comprehension, but it is not beyond God’s power. I’m ready to trust God even in my suffering.
God has promise that we would suffer trials and tribulations but God has a purpose and a plan for our lives. It is during the suffering that we are able to hear and see God more clearly. Suffering may sometimes be allowed in our lives to purify, test, teach or to strengthen the soul. Whatever the reason, know that God is in control. God want you to make room for your pain, don’t shut the door because your pain has a purpose. In making room for your pain, you must be willing for God to cut and purge in order to bring growth and healing. Give God all of you. Be honest with God about your hurt, fear and disappoint. Give God permission to heal the broken places within you. Let God loosen you from the grip of sin by restoring you and making you whole.
Psalm 23:3 says, He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
We find great joy when our days are filled with sunshine and blue skies, but do you find the same joy when it is pouring down rain. When the birds are chirping and yet your heart is aching. My heart is heavy, but God’s love for me reminds me to continue to persevere. I ask God how do you persevere when your heart is broken? How do you pick up the pieces of your life after you have see it shattered into pieces? Father how do I persevere when I know there is nothing I can do to fix it? I heard God ask me, why do you think you have to fix anything? The brokenness and hopelessness has a purpose. You’ve prayed for me to change a situation and I heard your cry, but you are not happy about my way of answering your prayer. Don’t be afraid to suffer! Your pain is not for nothing. I will change hearts, I will make families whole again and uncover secrets that have been hidden and came back to your families has generational curses. Let me restore the brokenhearted and give sight to the blind. I want you to persevere has I will start to circumcise hearts. It is important to me that you persevere. God reminded me that I must finish the race! You must carry your cross! I carried the cross for you! No matter how heavy the load may feel, my grace is sufficient and it will carry you through. No matter how difficult your circumstance, you shall overcome; but you must finish the race that is set before you. The race will include pain and heartache, but believe in me!
Let me say this, like many families who are facing trials and tribulations we start asking God why me and my family? We must continue to persevere in spite of how we feel. God is not concern with our tears as much as he is concerned about our heart. As a child of God I’m declaring that I am hurt, disappointed, helpless and angry, but GOD Almighty you are my hope. I cannot finish the race that is set before me without GOD. God is the answer to its conclusion. If we crawl into a small corner of the world in defeat, we are saying that Jesus Christ is not able. We then give the devil all power, when I know without a doubt that he is the Father of Lies and he has no power.
Our trial is a time for us to glorify the Father and to know that “He is in control of all things concerning you. God has promised us in Jeremiah 29:11 saying:
”For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, ”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Ponder the scripture in your heart. Memorize it! Engrave it in your heart because the devil will try to deceive you when you are most weary. He will try to convince you that you are all alone and no one cares about your troubles. God’s word is a shield around you and God will lift up your bowed down head again. God will sustain you. In the book of Job, Job did not falter, he became a finisher. The suffering was not the end of the story for Job. He received double for his trouble. God has promised that all things work together for those who love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
So here I am, in the midst of much pain, but God allowed it for a purpose and that is alright with my soul. Why is it alright with my soul? Because God has made a promise to me and every child of God that all things will work out for our good. I may not know the how, when, why or what dealing with my circumstance, but I know God has the answer.
In conclusion, I leave with the following scripture from Romans 8:26-28 from the Message Bible.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That is why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Father, I kneel before your throne of grace tonight interceding for every child of God who is facing a time of great suffering and uncertainty. Help them to embrace the pain because there is a purpose. I am praying for them and myself to give all of themselves to you at this moment. Help us to stop trying to figure out the why, what, how or when and to simply trust God knowing that where we are as uncomfortable has it may be will work for our good. Help us to wait on you God and to receive nothing less than your finished work in our life. In Jesus name I pray! Amen!
Truth-seekers, repeat after me;
If God Allowed it, It Is Well With My Soul!
God We Trust In You to complete your work within us.
He Gets the Last Word, 1 Peter5:8-11says,
Keep your guard up. Stay alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.