“God is never intimidated. If He isn’t, why should we be?”
Years back, I made a note on the side of Psalm 139 – “God is never intimidated.” Needless to say, I was.
In the midst of unexpected challenge and difficulty, The Holy Spirit affirmed me and I will forever treasure the truth of the statement He whispered. Except that today, I felt the need to extend it, because the truth of the matter is that we are God’s very own. He is both, The King of the Universe, as well as our Father. So, no matter what seems to be going awry in our lives; circumstantially, relationally, financially, socially, morally, politically; He is still Sovereign over us. As well known worship leader, Steffany Gretzinger sings in one of her songs,
“He doesn’t fall off of His Throne.”
God has written our story in Eternity, and we get to play it out in time. He knows the end from the beginning. Before we ever made the poor choice, the broken decision, the wrong turn; He already knew it and had a plan of redemption in place. If you find this hard to believe, simply trace The Bible. You will discover that The Lamb of God was slain before the very foundations of The Earth, before The Fall ever happened, before the first man, Adam sinned. God, in His foreknowledge, was well aware of how things were going to turn out and in His incomparable Love and Wisdom, He had a plan to redeem our story through Jesus Christ, The Son of God.
It is our relationship with Jesus that is our confidence in the midst of storms, tempests, trials, and tests. Through The Holy Spirit, He has sealed us and brought us into an Eternal Covenant with Him. This means that all our failures and dead ends are now redeemed. He has plans to prosper us. Not one, but multiple because He is a God of Purpose, to accomplish which, He is well able to rend The Heavens open and shower us with the favor, blessings, protection and resources that we will inevitably need in our lifetime to be all that we are called to be and do all that we are called to do.
Wise words by Lisa Bevere that have always blessed my soul come to mind,
“If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this. You, my friend, are not that powerful.”
There is no mistake that God cannot redeem. There is no sin that God cannot forgive. There is no pit that God cannot reach into. There is no disease God cannot heal. There is no soul God cannot save. There is NOTHING that God cannot do.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Let this Promise speak to all of today, friends. Our God is Faithful, and the unexpected detours of life that the enemy may use to breed fear in our midst are the very places that God uses to build trust. It is these places that seem dark and obscure that often possess the potential of having the greatest encounters with The Lord. The Bible says that God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. The season may be dark, but it is His Presence that brings light. And guess who carries that Presence?
You and me.
We are the light of the world, friends. Jesus calls us so. We may feel intimidated, but let us be quick to remind ourselves that it is only a part of the process. Our flaws, limitations and shortcomings do not take God by surprise. Psalm 139 says that He created our “inmost being.” He is well acquainted with our most intimate details, and still loves us with no strings attached, still has plans to use us and still is Faithful to complete that which He has begun.
A business may have shut down, a friendship may have ended, a marriage may have hit the rocks, a financial deal may have fallen through. Whatever the circumstance that we may find ourselves confronting today was already a part of His Sovereign Plan. He has not caused it, but if He has allowed it, He will use it for our good and His Glory. He isn’t freaking out. He knows. And if you read the end of Revelation, you will know too.