Years ago, when I felt overwhelmed by challenges confronting me on every side, the Lord led me to do an exercise in my journal. I made a list of each situation and numbered them. Then, in large capital letters, I wrote over each line: GOD IS GREATER. As I saw each problem covered by God, hope filled my entire being.
During this time, as the coronavirus sweeps around the world and in many of our local communities, we need to remember this—GOD IS GREATER.
In Genesis 26, during a widespread famine in Israel, Abraham’s son Isaac (the heir of God’s covenant) “…sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him” (v. 12, NKJV). Just before this, Isaac had made the same mistake his father Abraham had made years before—in fear for his life, he lied to the men asking about his wife, saying that she was his sister (v. 7). King Abimelech heard what happened and confronted Isaac, stating it was obvious he and Rebekah were married. Then the king commanded all the people to not touch either one of them, or they would be put to death (vv. 9–11). Immediately after this, Isaac sowed in that land…and ultimately became very prosperous (vv. 12–13). What incredible grace!
What’s My Point?
Isaac’s father Abraham had died and was gone (Genesis 25:7–8). He now had two sons, Esau and Jacob, who were in a rivalry for the firstborn blessing, and Esau had just despised his birth right (Genesis 25:19–34). Then a famine hit the land of Israel that was so severe, Isaac started a journey to relocate his family, where God promised to bless him if he would obey and stay in Gerar (Genesis 26:1–6).
Friend, in these troubled times, you may be facing challenges on every side, but there is hope for you! Perhaps you lost someone close to you or are facing conflicts that threaten to harm or divide your family. Like Isaac, you may have become fearful and done something you regret. And now, a worldwide pandemic is affecting many, maybe even you or someone you love. Know this: Nothing can prevent you from possessing God’s promised inheritance as you love and obey Him.
Take a Step Up in Faith
If you are overwhelmed, I encourage you to do what I did a long time ago that proved to be the first step of my deliverance. Take out a pen and paper (or your journal) and write a numbered list of every challenge you face. Then pray. Lift them to God, thanking Him for His love and faithfulness, prepared to obey as He guides you to victory. Finally, over each challenge, write in capital letters: GOD IS GREATER! Declare them out loud. Then trust the Lord and keep moving forward.
You and I are sons and daughters of God who can walk in the faith of Abraham, our spiritual father, as heirs of an incredible New Covenant (Romans 4:16). Salvation, healing, deliverance, guidance, wisdom, revelation, provision, protection, unlimited power, and everything we need are ours in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Trust in God. Run into His mighty presence and come under the perfect protection of His shadow (Psalm 91). Focus your heart on Him and walk in the amazing grace and peace only He can provide (Philippians 4:7). GOD IS GREATER! He can prosper you in the darkest of times, because in Him, “…the night shines as the day” (Psalm 139:12). Darkness and light are both alike to our heavenly father. So, run to Him! And, as you move forward, look back at your list every now and then. Be reminded that GOD IS GREATER and declare His promises. Rain or shine, in darkness or light, He keeps leading you into a new day.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil]” Proverbs 18:10 (AMP)
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