Just in case you wondered, I get discouraged too. Yes, I said it. About tons of things. My life and writing being chiefest of the reasons to be discouraged. And so I write to encourage you too. You’re not alone. In my life I’ve found a constant and He’s the reason there’s light even in the tunnel.
Last week Monday I was reading my Bible and a scripture I had heard many times over the years jumped at me. It was so simple yet deeply profound;
‘2Cor.5.7 – That is why we live by believing and not by seeing.’
Of course I had heard it tons of times. We walk by Faith and not by sight. I was sure God was telling me something so I prayed and meditated on it off and on all day. Now by Monday evening, everything that could go wrong just went wrong. It was deeply troubling and I was indeed getting more than a little frustrated when I heard that word in my spirit, “2Cor.5.7 – That is why we live by believing and not by seeing.”
And then I knew that my merciful Papa saw ahead like he always does and sent his word to prepare me. I wasn’t to determine God’s faithfulness by my circumstances but by who He is, what the word says. So I asked for grace to get through that time and be joyful. And of course his grace is readily available and given.
Tuesday was my birthday. I woke under a cloud of depression. I was so sad. We had family devotion that morning. Just my dad, mum and I. My sisters weren’t home and the house just felt so small. I went back to bed immediately after. I wasn’t happy and I didn’t know how to be happy. I was battling with this when that scripture came again. Interestingly I studied Hebrews 11:6 in the early hours of that morning and I knew that without Faith, it is impossible to please God. I had a sense that the devil was riding on my unbelief to oppress me with such terrible depression.
It was my birthday, I was alive and I had Jesus. That was enough reason to be thankful. So I put on the shield of faith and declared that the joy of the Lord is my strength and I told the devil to take his hands off my mind. He had no right to mess with me cause I’m the King’s Daughter. And just like that, I got my joy back.
The really amazing thing is God had my day planned and it turned out to be one of the most unforgettable moments of my life. God had my back the whole time but He needed me to trust him even when I couldn’t see him. And I’m so grateful I did.
God is powerful and limitless. He’s given everything we need to live a wonderful life. All we have to do is take hold of it by faith. And y’all already know that Faith comes by hearing the word of God. So God sent his word and I believed.
And that’s how we overcome. By Faith!
That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Cause without Faith it’s impossible to please God.