Yes, I do! And although you may only see clouds when you’re looking up now don’t stop looking because soon the SON will shine. How do I know, because I am a living testimony? Have I had a major illness, no, but I’ve been sick and now I am well. Have I been homeless, no, but that doesn’t mean I’ve always had a good night sleep but I’m functioning. Have I been without food, no, but that doesn’t mean I’ve always had an appetite yet I haven’t lost a pound. Have I lost my mom or dad, no, but that doesn’t mean I don’t mourn with you when you face death but God can wipe my tears. Have I lost my leg, arm, hearing or vision; no, but that doesn’t mean I always appreciate them yet God gives me the ability to use them every day. See, God doesn’t favor me because I’ve been good at keeping his commandments all my life but he favors me because I am his child. God didn’t choose me because I was gifted but he chose me and then gifted me. So, when I tell you that everything will be alright, it’s because I know. Yea, it’s your season to go through the storm, don’t give up now because God won’t have you toiling in your storm too long but you have to go through. This stormy season you’re facing, it’s for a purpose, so instead of asking God when he will get you out, ask him what he wants you to get out of it. Psalm 34:17-20 says, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” So you see God hasn’t forgotten you just because you’re facing a little trouble now but he thought about you this is why he allowed trouble to come.
I know that sounds crazy but God has to send trouble in order to see if you can handle it and if you can, he elevates you to the next level. You know how when you’re in school and at the end of the semester you have finals to test you on what you’ve learned the past few months to determine if you should be passed to the next grade, well the storm you’re in is the final at the end of the level that you’re currently on. The great thing about God’s final exam, there are no failures just refreshers. See, God can’t promote you until he knows that you’ve learned all that he wanted you to learn where you are, so he has you to take the final. The final is the storm and all the hell you’re going through in your current position. If you go through the storm and come out refreshed, renewed and stronger then God sees that you’re ready for your next level but if you come out a little shaken but not defeated, then he knows that you need a little more time so he allows you to stay where you are. Yea, you’ve been praying for God to enlarge your territory but in order for him to do this you have to be able to handle the territory you have now. Now, the territory I am referring to is any aspect of your life that you would like to see increased. You pray for God to increase your earnings yet you can’t even manage the earnings you have now. You pray for God to give you a husband yet you can barely take care of yourself. You pray for God for another job and you’re taking the one you have for granted. See, God uses edification, that’s instruction, in order to educate us and through education we gain enlightenment and once we have been enlighten we have to be evaluated because we can’t be elevated without being evaluated. Let me say it again, we can’t be elevated until we are evaluated.
I’ve told you before that I never thought I’d be writing a daily devotional for you to read and although I don’t know the many my words touch on a daily basis, I still write. Why, because every day God is blessing me and he has a purpose for my life and this devotional. He’s not blessing me because I ask him too but it is because I am allowing him to edify, that’s instruct, my life. Are all my days great because I am doing the will of God? No, that’s because I am not perfect and I still make mistakes but I don’t stop because then I would have been defeated and being defeated is not on my train of thought. I don’t know the next level that God has planned for my life and I’m not trying to figure it out, I’m simply following the bread crumbs that he has left for me. Am I ready? Yes, because God is preparing me and he’s preparing me for the things I haven’t even seen yet. How do I know because I just got a feeling that everything is going to be alright! Have you ever had a feeling that you really couldn’t explain? Where you felt like crying but there is nothing wrong or hurting, you felt like shouting and it isn’t even Sunday, you felt like something is stirring on the inside of you that makes you want to dance and no music is playing, you feel like running and no one is chasing you; like something is about to happen and you don’t know what? Well, I got this feeling and although I can’t explain it, I don’t need too. God is working and I’m taking my final now because I’m in my storm but don’t worry because I enjoy dancing in the rain. So, see you aren’t alone when it comes to facing trials and hardships, so stop thinking that you are. Yea, you may be going through something at this very moment, that’s ok, it simply God evaluating you on what you’ve already been through. So, sharpen your pencil and take the test because after you’ve been evaluated, push the button on the elevator that’ll take you to your elevation. Don’t fret because it seems like the walls are closing in on you or you think you can’t take anymore because I got a feeling that everything will be alright!