We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:28-39 Sometimes I have to remind myself that there are battles that have already been won on my behalf; that my focus according to God’s word is often at odds with the world and that what presents itself as wilderness to me, God is able to see through. Thank you Lord God. Teach me to trust and guide me along the way you have already prepared. For I know that no matter what, I am never separated from your Love.
“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. Luke 18:1-8 Someone once told me that one day all of my enemies will be gone. At the time it was rather difficult to believe. The problem as I saw it was I didn’t know who all were my enemies. If I had to make a list I was fairly certain of who I thought they were but that was only because of the negative experiences I had with these people. What I’ve realized is that by making the judgment of who they were based on my experience alone, I risked placing myself at a disadvantage by attempting to avoid those people. There are countless stories of God using “enemies” for his glory and it was by God’s hand that those enemies were changed. As difficult as it may be the negative experiences we have with others shouldn’t be taken personally because while their actions adversely affect us, in reality their actions are against God as well. Through every joy and hardship we must endeavor to be servants of God, free our mind from those who choose not to by their actions, and persevere as we wait with expectation for God’s justice and not our own. If G0d is for us, there is no experience that will keep Him from granting justice to those who remain faithful.
In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice… And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:1-8