For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. —Philippians 1:19
One morning recently I felt discouraged and bone weary. Many things in my life were going very well, but there were a few areas here I felt very hopeless.
As I looked at my reflection in the mirror, I heard God speak four words to me: I will deliver you! I didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my spirit God’s voice was unmistakable. I was startled by the clarity of the message.
I thought, How will God deliver me from this?
Looking back, I realize the how was ridiculous in light of the who. All God was asking me to do was receive his promise and trust him. Nothing more.
He was offering much more than a quick fix or rescue; he was offering me a whole new way to live. But I wasn’t sure if I was ready or even had the stamina for the journey that might lie ahead. Even so, the choices were painfully clear. I could continue to struggle all alone, pushing myself through one more day, or I could take God at his word—and let go.
Perhaps you, too, are experiencing a level of hopelessness. As you look at your circumstances, you despair of anything ever changing. Maybe you’re wondering if God can deliver you even before your circumstances change.
He can deliver us into the grace and peace that are our birthright as his children so that we can be free—truly free.
Dear Father, please anoint my ears so that I can hear. Anoint my eyes so that I can see. Anoint my heart and give me the will to follow you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
From Daily Gifts of Grace