December 31, 2015 – Thursday
Job 6:2(b) (NIV) If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
For more than a decade, my life has been stripped of nearly everyone and everything. My parents died. My sister and brother moved far away. I’ve been ill and suffering greatly, like a burn victim with skin stripping away again and again just as it starts to heal. A semi-truck ran over my car. My house was broken into. And I was laid off from work.
So I’ve cried out to God. I cried long and hard. Why is all this happening to me? I blamed Him. Each day I shouted, “Why are You breaking me again and again and again!”
A couple of months ago, He actually answered. I heard His Voice: “If I take everything … if you have nothing … if I am all you have left … will you still love Me?”
I didn’t know how to answer, but I knew He was talking to me. I finally whispered back to that Voice: “In spite of circumstances, in spite of how life looks from the outside, in spite of a thousand different things, the answer is YES! I love You, Lord.”
His question was a great gift. It allowed me to put life in perspective. How blessed I really am! The God of all creation loves me so much He would take the time to strip my life so I might know the joy of truly loving Him. I have regained the blessing of trusting Him. I know He who promises so much is so faithful. I know He will lift me up in His due time.
God is preparing you for the times ahead. In life and in work, you will struggle. But you were chosen for this time. And as a Christian public servant, you’re called into the New Year to stand against darkness and offer His light to the world. Despite your suffering, people count on you.
Today and all next year, you’ll want to weigh your anguish – put all your miseries on the scale. You’ll want to blame God. But don’t! No, just seek Him, cling to Him, and sing His praises. It is He who promises. It is He who is faithful. It is He who will lift you up in due time.
Yes, He will lift you up in due time. Until then, know He is blessing you richly!
Father, You are the Hope I profess. I come to You humbly knowing You will lift me up in Your time – not mine. Thank You for blessing me so richly. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Administrative Assistant, Business Development
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
State of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas USA