I’ve been wondering lately if I have been truly called by the Lord to write a blog that I believed was to bring hope and encouragement. Why would He ask me to do this when I head to discouragement more quickly than most and I’m prone to spiral into sadness and hopelessness more that I am inclined to stand on the promises of God’s word? Maybe I’m mistaken in what He’s called me to.
As I was struggling to write this blog, it felt as if there was a story inside of me straining to get out. I could sense the words pushing for release but not finding their way through my pen. Then the Lord reminded me that “His word is not chained.” Once again He is teaching me that I always get off track when I focus on my story and not His.
His word says:
“Remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2: 8-10
Often times, the hurt that we walk through in this life seems overwhelming. As if there is no end in sight and you can’t see the Lord in one shred of it. Our family has gone through trial after trial in recent years. The kind of struggles that have left us trying to catch our breath and asking if God’s hand has turned against us….permanently. Don’t I do well at those times to Remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead?
We recently celebrated Easter. I think of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection daily but Easter is such a sweet day to celebrate the truth and promise of our risen King. Easter is more dear to me now than it has ever been.
A handful of years ago, our marriage died one Easter only to be miraculously restored the next. Now I realize, the timing of these circumstances could be considered coincidence but for my husband and I our marriage will forever stand as another reminder of our Lord’s resurrection power and His ability to bring life, promise and beauty out of dry bones that have no visual appearance of life.
This Easter we hoped for new life in hurting places in the lives of those we love. It didn’t come and it’s easy to feel stricken by God.
It’s easy to feel forgotten, abandoned and so terribly alone. Helpless to comfort yourself or so many who are hurting around you.
But then, there is a glimmer. A spark of hope. A tiny bud bursting forth from a dry stem.
I remember once again that this is our gospel. Sometimes, we suffer for it. Sometimes, our obedience feels heavier on our hearts than physical shackles ever could.
I encourage you to hold on with your eyes fixed on The One who loves you without ceasing. He is faithful. Always faithful.
The chains that feel heavy today, will soon be changed in the light of His presence and promises. You will see what He had been doing all along. What was once sorrow and burden will be as light and lovely as cherry blossoms swirling and dancing in a warm spring breeze.
For God’s word is not chained. It will always accomplish what it set out to do. God’s word NEVER returns to Him void.
So may we be people of endurance. People who defiantly look despair in the eye and tell it ……..To Whom We Belong.
The truth is, this season of dark skies and pounding rains has been longer than many of us can remember. It’s begun to feel a bit like the sun may never return. But as I see the countless flowers holding their heads tall and proud upon tender stalks I realize how glorious their beauty is against the dark backdrop of thick clouds and I can’t help but think of the promise of our Salvation.
The day when the rains will have smoothed off our rough exteriors. When all worldly treasures and the hopes of them would fall away. When our hearts would shine by the faithful polishing of our Refiner’s hand and finally we would behold the face of the one who has held our faces in His Hands through so many trials. The one who has never and will never leave our side.
Today, may you remember how He makes all things new and how He Himself brought the promise of eternal life and everlasting hope out of complete darkness. Sin and grave couldn’t hold Him then and it certainly can’t hold Him now.
He reminds me once more that in Him we never have to fear the dark because His light has no limit or end.
“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the lamb.” Revelation 21:22-23
His love for you.
Continues to Shine.
Bright, Glorious and with no end.
~ Deon LaFond