Isaiah 46:9 – . . .I am God and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure. 11 Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.
What will you do oh son of God? Will you draw back? Or will you stand in the face of adversity boldly in faith? Have I the Lord abandoned and forsaken you? Have I withdrawn my promise? Are there not many instances in my word of people who in spite of the promise faced growing obstacles to receiving the promise?
Think of Abraham. If he and Sarah thought the promise impossible when I first spoke it, did not each year they waited make it more difficult in the natural to remain in faith?
Think about Lazarus. Did his situation not go from bad to worse to impossible in the natural before they received the miracle of life?
Think of David. How he must’ve had to continue to stand in his promise to be king while Saul sought his life. And not just Saul was after him – so were the Philistines. Yet David believed my word over the words and actions of his enemy.
Think of Jonah – who tried to escape my word by fleeing on a boat. Realizing his sin, he believes his death in the sea will thwart my word over his life – but even in this I had compassion and delivered him.
Think of Gideon, whose army was reduced in number two times before I gave him the OK for the battle. yet I made him victorious.
Think of Moses and the Hebrew children. How the Pharaoh in his anger increased their suffering before their deliverance. Of how the Pharaoh pursued them to the Red Sea, and with nowhere to turn and no way to defend themselves I the Lord made a way when there was no way.
Think of Hezekiah who defied his enemy and was besieged in the city – cut off from aid, yet he believed me, and I delivered him.
Think of Joseph – who after receiving the dream suffered betrayal three times before I exalted him. Think about how he felt when he first heard my plans. Do you think he ever imagined the pain and suffering he would have to go through? Do you think he foresaw the pit or the prison? Further, do you think he imagined that he would ever be second only to Pharaoh? Yet the circumstances did not discredit him. They actually made him stronger and better prepared for my purposes in his life. It was through the trials, through the fire that I perfected him.
It was through persecution that I prepared David for the throne. It was through exile that I called Moses to deliver my people. It was from death that I revealed the power and glory of my name through Lazarus. Adverse circumstances are not a sign of error or trouble in my kingdom. No! In my kingdom they are a sign of preparation for victory! For Glory! For a Miracle!
Stop looking at your circumstances through the natural eyes. Look at them through kingdom eyes. Who have I ever promoted without adversity? Without a personal victory over their past or their self-image? Was it not in captivity that Daniel was trained? Was it not in the wilderness facing temptation where Jesus was proved? Was it not at the crucifixion that my disciples were hard pressed?
And what am I doing in you right now? Do you not have a promise? Did I not say I am protecting you in a bubble and that you cannot lose? Did I not say ALL things word together for the good? You can’t even conceive what I’ve got in store for you on the other side of this trial. this is the door to your destiny and purpose. Like Joseph, you would be blown away if I showed you the end – you would not believe. I only showed Joseph a small part of his promise – his brothers and father bowing down before him. I did not show him the nations of the earth would bow down as well.
Did I not say on the other side you would be a safe place for “many men?” What if this is just a small part of my plan for your glory? Are you going to give up? Are you going to draw back? Or are you going to stand – even if you have to stand alone? You my son are righteous. You are in right-standing with me. Hear my voice. I will lead you.