Today, I’d like to share my heart with you. I’ve been in a season of waiting and preparation. On the one hand, it’s been very rewarding. On the other, it’s been quite a challenge. The reward is that I’ve been able to hone in on my spiritual growth and tend to the areas in which I’ve struggled in my life. The challenge is it has been marked with physical pain. For the majority of my life, I’ve dealt with bone pain. After having surgery 3 years ago, I thought my days of pain were over. However, I’ve found myself dealing with bone pain in another part of my body. This new pain has given me restless nights and limited my physical activity quite a bit. As a result, I have dealt with several setbacks which have been quite disappointing. I’ve regressed in areas that I had improved in and have had to keep myself encouraged. But God is so good! He has kept me lifted up. He has used several people of faith to speak His promises over my life and lift my spirit.
While speaking to a friend, she reminded me of this truth. She said, “If God healed you once, He will do it again.” One of the ways God has shown Himself strongly to me is as a Healer, Jehovah Rapha. He hasn’t only healed my body but also my soul. He has delivered me from a lot and brought me through very trying times. There have been days that I wanted to quit but each time God has reminded me of several things. If I give up, all of the battles that I’ve won would be for naught. If I give up, those who depend on me will miss out on sharing in His goodness in my life. If I give up, I will miss all of the promises He has spoken that have yet come to pass. The same is true for you, my friends. He’s brought you to this point for a reason. Someone you haven’t even met needs to hear what the Lord has done in your life. So, they will know that He can do the same for them. They need to see that God is powerful and mighty to save. They need to know His grace is sufficient and that His strength is made perfect in our weakest moments.
Let me be honest. On my bed of affliction, tears have been shed. I am sure that I’ve written a few psalms of my own like David several nights. It is during those times that I have found myself yearning for His touch to instantly take the pain away. There have been times where He has taken the pain right away and there have also been moments when I’ve had to fight through the pain. I’m reminded of Paul’s vision about the thorn in his flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9. Paul stated, “Three times I begged the Lord to make this suffering go away. But he replied, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” I’m so grateful for those times because they make the victory even sweeter. They allow us to look back and see that our strength had nothing to do with it but everything to do with God’s.
What are you wrestling with today? What has made you consider throwing in the towel? Regardless of whatever it is, it can’t stand a chance against the power of our God. You can’t give up now. He has so many things He wants to do in and through you. There are still so many victories to be won in your life.
You Can’t Stop! You Have to Keep Going!