“When Almighty God is with you,
Good things will happen
in you, around you and through you.
Expect this to happen to you today!”
“This is love:
Not that we loved God, but that He loved us,
and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
I John 4:10
“I am poured out like water, … all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.”
“Trust in Him at all times; …
Pour out your heart before Him:
God is a refuge for us.”
Psalm 22:14 and 62:8
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
To reckon, is to establish by counting or calculation, and today, as I struggle with pain and limitations as I recover from surgery, I am reminded that, in calculating the number of difficulties and painful events that have occurred in my life, I am encouraged and inspired to think of what God has in store for those who love Him, those who are called according to his purpose. Paul, in reckoning all of his pain and suffering, just lays it out there for us in II Corinthians 11:24-27; “… five times received I forty stripes save one. I was beaten three times with rods, stoned once, three times I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, (that’s me today, lol ), in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”
I don’t suppose that many of us can say that we’ve suffered to this extent, and I’m in no way trying to belittle anyone else’s experience, yet Paul kept moving forward and I’m so glad that he did because during these tremendous hardships, He wrote most of the epistles of the New Testament. Most of them from prison. In light of all of this, and considering the hardships that we may be facing, we too can reckon that none of it compares to the glory that shall be revealed in us, as we, like Paul, keep moving forward and looking up…
One day, your Red Sea will part,
and you will walk right thru
one day, you will see God’s plan
and all He has in store for you.
One day, He will lead you out,
and you’ll be in the promised land
one day, you’ll come to understand
your times have been in His hand.
One day, He will send His light,
and you’ll see His mighty power
one day, you’ll know He has been
with you in your darkest hour.
One day, He will rescue you,
and you’ll be free at last . . .
one day, you will praise Him
for the things He brought to pass.
One day, He will send His manna,
and you will be filled with peace
one day, your Red Sea too will part
and your joy will never cease.
One day, you will look back,
and tell of your wilderness story
one day, you will be thankful
and you’ll give God all the glory!
King James Version
“Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.
Deborah Ann Belka
There isn’t anything that we go through, that hasn’t first been permitted by God. This may be a little hard to accept sometimes, but it’s true, and in the end we’ll see that it was only allowed for our good… And that’s not all.
When it’s all over, the Lord will bless you in such a way that you receive “double for your trouble”, and sometimes even more.
Remember when the LORD told Abraham, way back in the beginning before Sarah was even pregnant, that he would be the father of a huge nation and this nation would be slaves in a foreign land, and that they would be there for over 400 years, but He would deliver them with a mighty Hand and they would come out with great substance?( Meaning they would come out with great riches.) Well 400 years of slavery is a long time for people to spend working for no pay, and the bible says that the morning after the first Passover, the Egyptians just started giving the Hebrews anything they wanted and they “spoiled” the Egyptians. Psalm 105:37 says, “He brought them forth also (out of Egypt), with silver and gold.” And we all know the story of Job who, after he had so tremendously suffered, received twice as much of all that he had before.
Think about it. Hasn’t God brought you out of trouble and then blessed you? It could be that He blessed you monetarily, or restored your health, or blessed your family, or even blessed you with wisdom, in preparation for the blessings yet to come.
In Isaiah 61:7, the LORD says, ” For your shame you shall have double...” and if God says it, that settles it!
So if you’re going through a rough time right now, be encouraged…
You’re gonna be blessed DOUBLE FOR YOUR TROUBLE!!!!