“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” 2 Timothy 1:7 AM
Take a moment to compare the beginning stories of David in 1 Samuel 16 and Joseph in Genesis 37. Unlike David who was anointed and had to wait for an appointed time, there was no sense of certainty as to how Joseph would get to the throne. Joseph was nearly killed, sold into slavery, imprisoned and betrayed. However, he did not doubt God’s word to him. He kept hope and faith alive.
It’s the first month of a new year, and we all have expectations. You have received words from God for the year and might even ask, “How will this be?” But it is noteworthy that the life of a believer is built on faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). We are not just living in the present; we are living for the future God has planned for us.
God did not promise that the year would be full of roses and smooth pebbles, but He promised to see you through the burning furnace and unto victory (1 Peter 5:10, John 16:33).
So, what has God said He will do for you this year? How much of it do you believe? Do you wonder if it will ever happen? If God has been consistent with His promise thus far, why doubt His word now? Brothers and sisters, trust God in the process.
Even if you don’t pass that exam, go again! If that investment doesn’t go as planned, go again! If your past relationships didn’t work, try again! Go again! And again! God said it, we believe it, and that settles it. This is a mindset you should have, that not one word of God will fall to the ground. It might not seem like your miracle is on the way, but trust God and go again.
Abraham was a hundred years old when he had Isaac (Genesis 21:5). God is never late, but how patient are you to trust God through the process? If He said it, we believe it. Glory! Therefore, whenever fear comes knocking, we confess God’s word with boldness, we declare His word from a place of assurance and faith. As our anchor verse says, we have power over fear and a sound mind.
This year, let go and let God; let go of that fear and rejoice in faith. If He did it before, He will do it again. For not one word God has promised you this year, no matter what the present looks like, will fall to the ground.
Glory to God!
Bible Reading Plan: Mark 1:1-28