It’s no Surprise to God
“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that it’s no surprise to God.
Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, “I can’t believe this is happening.” No, have a new perspective. That situation is no surprise to God. It didn’t catch Him off guard. He has already anointed you. You have the strength you need. You have the peace, the determination, the confidence. You’re not lacking. You’re anointed! The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you.
In those difficult times, trust that God will see you through. Believe that His plans for your future are for good. Know that even though something caught you off guard, it didn’t catch God off guard. He is prepared and ready to lead you to the place of victory.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your hand of goodness on my life. I know that You see every unexpected and uncertain circumstance in my life. I trust that You will go before me and prepare the way for victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Last weekend I made the decision to take a trip to my home state of California so I could relax, spend quality time with family, and see a few friends. The day I decided to go I ended up getting sick with hay wired symptoms but I was still determined to go. So I got plenty of rest and allowed my body the time to heal. The next day I felt better and boarded the plane.
But last Tuesday I found myself in the emergency room at a California hospital. My body was out of wack. After four hours of testing my results came back almost perfect. On paper I was probably the healthiest person there. So what was going on with my body? Doctor’s best guess was stress.
I was caught off guard but God wasn’t. I hadn’t been listening to Him or my body. I had been going through some personal battles that were taking its toll on me mentally and emotionally, and I wasn’t paying attention to the physical manifestation. But a visit to the ER got me to listen.
I spoke with my mom and aunt Debbie that day and the next. They prayed for me and gave me spiritual and plain-and-simple human counsel. I needed to stop participating in the chaos, and just listen and obey God.
So I took it extremely slow the rest of the week. I got plenty of rest each day and didn’t boggle myself down with schedules and a mounting workload. I just allowed myself the space and time to breathe.
I tuned into my instincts, my gut feeling, that still small voice within—all of which is God. I took the counsel of my beloved aunt Debbie and let God guide me every step of my day, doing what felt right (God’s standards) not just what felt good (human instant gratification).
By doing what felt right I always felt good. By being obedient I was rewarded with internal peace, which gave me joy.
That was the balance, the peace, the wholeness I was missing. That is what I needed to deal with personal battles. That is the reason I got blindsided. But God has me so I’m more than just okay, I’m good. I’m heading to great. I’m listening more, obeying more, walking farther, and I’m starting to breathe.
Natasha’s Questions of the Day
1.What do you think about today’s message?
2. What has recently blindsided you?
3. What have you been battling long-term that you now are beginning to see from a different lens?
4. What are you dealing with that you’re not at peace with?
5. What things, issues, circumstances, and/or people are you ready to turn over to God, you just don’t know how?
6. Are any of your emotional and mental ‘stuff’ manifesting as physical ‘junk’?
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